Bus Service to and from Bahia de Caraquez
(January, 2016) There is bus service from the main bus terminal (Terminal Terrestre) in Bahia to locations all over Ecuador. There are comfortable executive (ejecutivo) buses that offer reserved and assigned seats on Reina Del Camino bus lines. When you look at the attached schedule, you will also notice that some of the routes are Express services meaning that they have minimal stops along the way. You can’t buy bus tickets online, you will have to go to the bus terminal to buy the tickets. You can also reserve the seats on the ejecutivo routes the day before you travel. Reina and Coactur are the bus companies offering routes from Bahia to other destinations.
There are also multiple bus companies that run bus routes along the coast for more local travel. You can make connections to other parts of Ecuador through Portoviejo, Manta, Guayaquil and Quito depending on where you are going. One of our friends likes to take the night bus service to Quito on Reina which leaves Bahia at about 10:30 PM (check the schedule to be sure of times) and arrives in Quito early the next morning at the main terminal. Here is a link to the Latin Bus Tickets Site for information about the bus schedules and routes that are available to and from Bahia and elsewhere in Ecuador.
You can also find an article about the bus terminal in Manta describing how to buy tickets and handle your baggage here on the Manta Expats Online Website.
Machalilla National Park is a wildlife reserve on the coast of Ecuador near Puerto López. It is a popular tourist destination and is known as the poor man’s Galapagos because you see many of the same marine animals as on the famous islands. You can see the blue-footed booby, frigatebirds, waved albatrosses (breeding season April–October), as well as sea lions. Dolphins and manta rays are sometimes seen on boat rides. Humpback whales can be seen between June and September. You can reach the park by bus, by car or on a tour. There are many tour operators to choose from. You can check with the usual travel websites for reviews to find the kind of tour you are looking for.
Below is a fun video that features the Park and the communities around it, to get an idea of what you would see on a road trip. The video was produced by Ecuador a Tu Alcance. The narration is in Spanish.