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Ecuador spans four vastly different worlds. From the endless reaches of the Amazon, to the breathtaking beauty of the Andes, to the pristine stretches of the Coast and the incomparable Galapagos Islands - each region boasts a unique landscape, environment, culture and weather, making Ecuador an ideal place to visit any time of the year.

Ecuador, Guayaquil & Coast

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Lopez Port + Machalilla Park + Isla de la Plata

We will depart from Guayaquil to Puerto López and the Machalilla National Park. Walk through this National Park is enjoying the scenic, ethnic, archaeological and natural beauty that the Manabí province can offer us. The Frailes’ beach really represents a natural paradise, an unspoiled beach, at afternoon we will visit the Aguas Blancas archaeological museum (pre-Columbian culture ruins).

INCLUDES:

  • Private transportation (air conditioned car)
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Professional car driver

Lopez Port

Puerto Lopez is a small town about 18 000 people on the coast of Ecuador. Is the main center of the canton, Which includes Port Lopez Machalilla north and the south side is Salango Rio Chico, Puerto Rico, Las Tunas, Ayampe. The beach of Puerto Lopez is a region dedicated to tourism and environmental care, being perfect base to discover the natural wonders of the National Park Machalilla.

Puerto Lopez is the eco-tourist capital of the Ecuadorian coast. Situated in the extreme south-west of the province of Manabi. It has an area of 449km square is home to the National Park Machalilla. This beautiful resort offers its colorful, landscapes, gastronomy, so that tourists can enjoy many activities, including the dance of humpback whales during its annual migration to the warm Pacific watersor ecotourism.

The region Offers a range of Accommodations and restaurants to suit Every budget.

Machalilla National Park

Located in the southern province of Manabí, the beautiful Parque Nacional Machalilla is Ecuador´s only coastal national park. The park occupies 40,000 acres of land and 20,000 hectares of ocean, including a number offshore islands, of which Isla de la Plata and Salango are the most important. The park is located near to the tiny fishing village of Machalilla, to the north, and the larger and more developed port town of Puerto Lopez, to the south. It is possible to visit several of the archeological sites within the park, including the well-known site of Agua Blanca, which is still under study and excavation.The small community-run museum can be visited with a guide, and tours introduce you to ancient burial customs, typical dress, and religious practices and include a mile-long walk through the surrounding forests, where you can bird-watch and catch views of the river valley and lagoon.

The influence of the warm Humboldt Current in the Pacific ocean helps to preserve the amazing combined ecosystem of the park, which features long stretches of tropical dry forest interspersed with sections of humid cloud forests in the upper reaches of the territory. The park protects most of the remaining preserves of this ecosystem to be found in Ecuador. Vegetation includes opuntia cactus, palo santo trees and kapok trees. Over 200 species of bird have been recorded in the park, including a range of coastal parrots, parrotlets and parakeets, as well as seabirds such as frigate birds, pelicans and boobies (some of which nest on the offshore islands). The park is the only habitat outside of the Galapagos of the waved albatross. Other wildlife to be found includes deer, squirrels, two species of monkeys, armadillos, anteaters and a variety of lizards, snakes and iguanas. .

Other tours in Parque Machalilla include horseback riding, kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, and diving, with tour operators being found primarily in Puerto Lopez

Isla de la Plata

One of the main attractions of the park is Isla de la Plata (Silver Island), so named at the end of the 16th century when the pirate Francis Drake ostensibly robbed treasure from Spanish ships and hid it on the island. According to legend, much of this treasure was never claimed and is still hidden somewhere on the island. Isla de la Plata is also known as the “poor man’s Galapagos” since it is possible to see many of the same species found on the much pricier and more distant Galapagos Islands. You will find nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, red-footed boobies, masked boobies, frigate birds, and albatrosses, as well as sea lions, iguanas, and a variety of interesting plant life.

The island has two guided hiking routes which may be explored, and the local guides are generally well-versed on the flora and fauna and can provide visitors with detailed information and answer questions. In addition to the land based attractions, the island is surrounded by a series of coral reefs which are populated by a variety of colorful and fascinating marine-life, perfect for viewing while snorkeling or scuba diving. Humpback whales gather in the area every year between the months of June and September, and it is often possible to combine a trip to Isla de la Plata with a whale-watching tour. During the months of July and August, good sightings are almost always guaranteed, while in June and September sightings may be brief or distant.

Isla de la Plata, How to get there

A standard licensed tour includes transport to and from the island, lunch, a guided hike and a brief opportunity to snorkel. The trip to the island takes over an hour at fairly rapid clip and can be rough, so be sure to take motion sickness medicine as necessary and bring a wind breaker to protect against the wind and spray. Licensed tour boats come equipped with life jackets, radios, and basic toilet facilities

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS WHALE TOUR

DAY 01. Arrival in Manta and breakfast in the scenic boardwalk . And the coastal road trip to Puerto Lopez . Lunch. Afternoon visit to the beach of Puerto Lopez where we enjoy the sun and sea of this beautiful beach . Dinner and overnight .

DAY 02. Breakfast. And we will go to the boat to head to do a coastal walk and observation of humpback whales in all their glory , making snorkeling or snorkeling in the marine plot Salango Island snack and return to Puerto Lopez. Dinner and overnight .

DAY 03. Breakfast, and departure to Los Frailes beach where we enjoy the sun, sea and sand of this beach paradise Lunch. And in the evening enjoy the beach boobies . Dinner and overnight .

DAY 04. Breakfast. And the morning we visit the ruins of Agua Blanca. Together with our local guide will know the history of Culture Manteña , its archeology , and history. Lunch and return to Manta . End of services .

  • 4 DAY PRICE PER PERSON: $ 229.00 CHILDREN: $ 209.00
  • 3 DAYS PRICE PER PERSON: $ 169.00 CHILDREN: $ 149.00
  • (3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS: The same program without day 04).

TOUR INCLUDES: Private Transportation . Complete menu Food , visits as agreed itinerary , professional guide .

TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE: Entrance to Ruins of Agua Blanca Adults $ 5.00, Children $ 2.50, extra expenses not specified in the program

 

Prices per person

5 - 9 Pax
2 - 4 Pax
1 Pax
USD 64
USD 79
USD 149

 

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