These little cabanas were not in the Lonely Planet guide book for South America. In fact, the little town of Ayampe was barely mentioned at all.
This made for a very sleepy, restful beach experience, which was exactly what were looking for before making the more difficult trek to Peru.
To stay directly on the beach, expect the cost for this establishment to run about 26 bucks a night. The cabanas are charming, come with hammocks and porch furniture, and have great views.
If you are on more of a budget, they have a tent camp for $6 per person that is of a fairly high quality. The tents are more like cabin tents, with electricity, tons of vertical and floor space, private bathroom per tent, and a lockable cupborad for your valuables. There are common areas, kitchen facilities, childrenīs play area, ocean views, and itīs within walking distance to the beach.
Cabanas La Tortuga can book numerous local ecological tours for your convenience, and they have sea kayaks available for rent. Thereīs also a fairly decent restaurant on site as well, which will save you the logistical challenge of getting back and forth from Puerto Lopez after the buses stop running. The carbonara was quite good, as was the shrimp spaghetti and fish breakfast.
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