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Machalilla National Park


Machalilla whale watching & diving, 3 or more days

Located in the Province of Manabí on the Ecuadorian Pacific coast, much of the vegetation at Machalilla National Park is tropical dry forest, made up of thorny shrubs, low vegetation and tall columns of cacti. Another portion consists of cloud forest, formed by cool ocean currents that reach the higher hills where plant life is exuberantly rich and dense. In addition, nearby Isla de la Plata is physically and biologically similar to the Galapagos Islands, where the world-famous waved albatross nest from April to November, in addition to a suite of mainland species of plants and animals that have never made it to the Archipelago. The water around this island is a playground for more than 11 different species of cetaceans!

From June to October, humpback whales concentrate here from the Antarctic to court and carry on with spectacular breaching, spy-hopping (rising in a vertical position to the ocean surface so that the eyes and head are out of the water) and competition for the females’ attention. Several species of resident porpoises can be observed the year round. Machalilla also offers a wealth of cultural attractions with the remnants of cultures dating back to 1,500 B.C. and even earlier!
Mantarraya lodge<br />
Mantarraya lodge
Guest room<br />
Guest room
Whale watching<br />
Whale watching
Blue-footed boobies at Isla de la Plata<br />
Blue-footed boobies at Isla de la Plata
Whale watching season from June to September!

From $350 per person

Machalilla 3 days
Day 1: Pick-up in Guayaquil or Manta / visit Montecristi or Santa Elena / arrive in Puerto López
Day 2: Isla de la Plata day trip (whale watching)
Day 3: Los Frailes Beach / afternoon return to Guayaquil or Manta

Extend your stay to visit the Agua Blanca community, San Sebastian forest, or Pacoche Reserve.

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