I took a night bus to Canoa for $10. The bus was convenient from Quito cause it left from the center of town instead of the north or south of town. As I was staying near the Elijido park it was quite convenient in proximity. It left at 10:45pm and it was supposed to arrive around 5 or 6am but we arrived around 4am.
Many of the hostels will let you sleep on a couch or hammock till they open so we found a comfy couch to sleep on until 8am then started our walk around town looking for hostels. I stayed at Hostel Coco Loco which was cheap.. $8 for a dorm bed but a little disappointing cause the reviews were amazing. The people were very nice but I guess I moved on because all the guests were talking about how their clothing was being stolen and the dorm I was in didnt have lockers though I heard that other dorms did. Canoa was a very cute small laid back surf village on the coast. Not too much to do other than surf. I had wanted to take a kitesurfing class but the wind ends in December.
So off I went to Puerto Lopez. Puerto Lopez has lots to do from diving to visiting the islands or going to the beach or surfing. I went to the less touristic island of Salango instead of going to Isla de la plata because I have already been to the Galapagos and it is called the poor mans Galapagos. I wouldnt recommend Salango Island though maybe I was disappointed because the agency lied to me about many things about the tour to get me to go. The agencies also play these games. They start at $35 for a tour to Isla de la plata but people normally pay $30 or $25 if they bargain.
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I go back to Quito on a night bus through the same company reina del camino for $13. Leaves at 8pm and is scheduled to arrive at 5am. I hope it doesnt arrive much earlier like some review I have read. But it arrives in the town center where I left so that makes my life easier.
Update: The bus arrived in Quito at 5am and I went to the waiting room till almost 6am when it was light outside and hopped on the trole bus.