After getting on the bus we decided to go all the way to Manta instead of stopping at Puerto Lopez. It was on a local bus on a bumpy road up the coast, with people jumping on and off all the time trying to sell anything that they had managed to get their hands on ! The bus journey went up the coast and then cut inland to Jipijapa before finally heading to Manta. It took 4 hrs.
Manta is a not very attractive maritime city. It is Ecuador's second largest port after Guayaquil. We were planning to head to Bahia de Caräquez but decided but we had had enough of beaches. We had lunch and then started looking for a bus to Quito, but could only find a local bus to Santo Domingo so jumped on this.