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5 BEST MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR ATTRACTIONS [2024], Ecuador's Only virgin beach, whaling, scuba diving, surfing, Isla de la Plata; other things to do

  1. Things to do

  2. Conservation status

  3. Geology

  4. Hydrology

  5. Submarine ecosystems

  6. Vegetation

  7. Mammals

  8. Birds

  9. Other critters

  10. How to get there

  11. Best TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]

Resumen Machalilla National Park

As a resumen for Machalilla National Park it should be mentioned it is the largest coastal national park, 2/3 actually being a marine area. The main tourist attractions are the harbour of Puerto Lopes, Ecuador's only virgin Beach, the coastal mountains, Isla de la Plata and its Flora and Fauna. The park is about 3 hours form Guayaquil and 1.5 hours from the harbor of Manta.

 

FIND OUT HOW IT IS PART OF OUR ECUADOR NATURE / CULTURE TOUR

 

TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Road Map.TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Park Map.

 

Machalilla National Park Things To Do

The park is one of the most visited mainland protected areas of the country, particularly, for its famous natural beaches. Also, whale-watching is very popular, which may be part of our TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024] during the season, while during other seasons, we offer many other things to do in Machalilla National Park.

 

1 Los Frailes Beach

Los Frailes Beach: Located just south of the town of Machalilla and 12 km north of Puerto Lopez. You will get to this natural beach without any buildings and shielded by cliffs at both ends, by crossing a beautiful dry forest with lots of plants and animals that are typical for the area. This beach is the most popular site in the Park. You can also walk a self-guided trail of 4 km that gets you to the beaches of Tortuguita and Playita. There is an overlook at the highest point of the area, from where you get a spectacular view of the park and the coast, including the Sucre and Horno de Pan Oven islets.

 

TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Frailes Beach Entrance.TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Frailes Vigin Beach

Los Frailes Beach park entrance.

Los Frailes Beach is totally natural without any buildings of infrastructure.

 

2 Puerto Lopez

Puerto Lopez: Down town, at the main square is a park visitor center. The town is also the main port of departure for whale watching tours, visiting Isla de la Plata and scuba-diving. In Puerto Lopez you can find all food and lodging services you need in a variety of qualities. There is also a local fleet of small fishing boats and a market on the beach from where the fresh fish is sold and trucked off to the larger towns.

 

TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Puerto Lopez Fish Market.TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Puerto Lopez Fish Catch.

The local fish market at the beach of Puerto Lopez

 

3 Agua Blanca

5 km north of Puerto Lopez you will find Agua Blanca in Machalilla National Park: It is a village within the park with archaeological remains of pre-Columbian pottery and some architectural remains. Archaeological research unearthed the ruins of the ancestral capital of Senorio Salangome, which was inhabited by some 5,000 people living in hundreds of houses, which were organized very differently from Andean dwellings. There is a little archaeological museum and a 2.5 km self-guided trail.

 

TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Archaeological Museum.TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Burial Urns, Agua Blanca.

The archaeological museum at Agua Blanca.

Burial urns of the Manteno culture.

 

When at the beginning of the sixteenth century, the Spaniards arrived at the coast of Ecuador,  they encountered the Senorio Manteno de Salangome village, which was a complex of cities from whose capital, Salangome, exercised administrative, political and religious control of the area. Archaeological research recognizes the present town of Agua Blanca as the former capital, which, at its peak, consisted of more than 600 buildings and was highly organized.

 

Spondylus shells, a symbol of prestige, were used as payment in trading. Its inhabitants dominated the art of navigation and maintained commercial relations with other indigenous cultures along the coast of South America, as far north as Mexico and south to from Chile.

 

The remains of this fascinating native past are found in more than 500 archaeological sites along the Julcuy Valley. They include very ancient cultures, predecessors of the Manteno - Huancavilca (500 a.C.-1532 AD), such as: Bay, Chorrera, Machalilla and Valdivia. The latter is considered the oldest in South America (2600-1650 BC). Of these cultures, the items that stand out are the Venus de Valdivia, the Power Seats and the anthropomorphic pottery, which reflect the physical characteristics of the former inhabitants.

 

4 San Sebastián

San Sebastián: 10 km south of the Community of Agua Blanca, is a road that leads to San Sebastian, which can also be reached from Rio Blanco. Along this road you can observe three different life-zones: the deciduous dry forest, at sea level; the semideciduous dry forest, at higher elevations and in the highest parts of the hills, the semi-humid evergreen forest. The area can be visited on horseback.

 

5 Salango

Salango: 5 km south of Puerto Lopez you will find the small town of Salango, with a small archaeological museum showcasing remains of the pre-Columbian cultures of the region.

 

6 Isla de la Plata

Isla de la Plata: Located at a distance of 37 km from Puerto Lopez. According to legend, the name refers to the famous sailor of the sixteenth century, Sir Francis Drake, who supposedly left his treasure, conquered from Spanish ships, somewhere hidden on the island.

 

During the trip to the island you can watch dolphins and with some luck, Stingrays. From June to September the Humpback Whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, come to the region  to reproduce.

 

Just like Galapagos, Isla de La Plata has a very interesting birdlife, which includes nesting colonies of Blue-footed, Red-footed and Masqued Boobies as well as of Frigate Birds. The organized excursions include a visit to the islands as well as snorkeling. Small beaches and cliffs are roosts for oceanic birds. Whale-watching and scuba-diving excursions are organized seperately.

 

A covered picnic open picnic building offers shade. From this center you begin the excursions to the colonies of birds, and see the natural vegetation.

 

TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Isla de la Plata Harbor.TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Landing at Isla de la Plata.

Covered picnic areas.

Arrival at a beach at the island.

 

TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Isla de la Plata excursionTOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Isla de la Plata Sea Lions.

Guided excursion at the island.

Seals resting at a rocky shore at the foot of a cliff.

 

7 Ahorcado and Salango Islands

Ahorcado and Salango Islands: At about half an hour from the coast, these islands are  becoming increasingly popular for snorkeling, scuba diving and watching marine birds.

 

8 Sendero Ecológico el Rocio

Sendero Ecológico el Rocio: Ubicado a 5 km al norte de Machalilla, cercano a Pueblo Nuevo. Llaman la atención en este sendero los longevos árboles de cascol y guayacán (hasta 300 años de vida) que se encuentran al interior de un bosque seco tropical con sus flores amarillos espectaculares.

 

9 Rocan Ecological Trail

Rocan Ecological Trail: 5 km north of Machalilla, near Pueblo Nuevo is a trail with very old Casco and Guayacan or Golden Trumpet Trees, Tabebuia chrysantha, (up to 300 years) in a dry tropical forest which have beautiful spectacular yellow flowers when in season.

 

TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Golden Trumpet Tree flowersTOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: yellow flowers Pacific Coast, Ecuador.

Guayacan or Golden Trumpet Tree in bloom.

Flowers of the Guayacan or Golden Trumpet Trees, Tabebuia chrysantha.

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Geology

The Cordillera Chongon - Colonche, Mountain Range, is a coastal mountainous range that rose during the Oligocene (36 million years ago) in the Guayas Province and extends through Manabi Province until  it ends in Esmeraldas. Its elevation rises from0 - 840 meters above sea level and its mountain ranges.

 

The park limits extend into the sea, where it includes islands and islets such as Punta Pedernales, Punta Salaite, Sucre, Punta Lloradora, Punta Los Frailes  and Punta Cabuya and Pan Oven. It also includes on the of Drake Bay Beach and other narrow beaches with steep cliffs such as: Punta Escalera, Punta Machete, Punta Palo Santo and El Faro.

 

Along the continental coast of the park as well as of the North and East face of Isla de La Plata are cliffs which are important roosts for oceanic birds. The main beaches are: Los Frailes, Salango, Puerto Lopez, Salaite and Drake Bay.

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Hydrology

The distance from the Cordillera Chongon Colonche to the coast is very short and as a result, there are only very small watersheds with just seasonal creeks. With climates ranging from semi-desert along the coast to semi-humid at the higher elevations, the rainfall varies from 161 - 1,120 mm, while showing great  yearly fluctuations. Especially at higher elevations, the vegetation receives much of its water by absorbing humidity from the mist produced by humid air from the sea. The average annual temperature fluctuates between 23.5 - 24.5 degrees C along the coast, with lower temperatures at higher elevations.

 

The main watersheds are those of the Rivers Jipijapa, Salaite, Seco, Punteros, Buena Vista, Pinas and Ayampe. 

 

During most of the year, the dominating cold Humboldt current from the South causes very low rainfall, while the warm current from the North, makes the relative humidity rise, resulting in increased rainfall during the rainy season.

 

There are two differences climates zones: tropical arid, from the mouth of the Buena Vista river, to subtropical in the hills higher up in the hills of Perro Muerto and Punta Alta.

 

There is a thermo-mineral pool in the village Agua Blanca within the park.

 

TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Agua Blanca Hot Spring.TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Agua Blanca Trail Head.

The thermal pool at Aguas Blancas.

In the Aguas Blancas zone are different touristic opportunities.

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Machalilla National Park

Machalilla National Park: Read all... Mainland hills with fabulous views; Virgin beaches; Isla de la Plata; Blue-footed Boobies; Seals & Turtles. The land area is 56,184 ha and the marine area 14,430 ha.

 

The fauna list shows 81 species of mammals, 270 of birds, 15 amphibians and 143 of fish, but these data are dated and based on very limited inventories.

 

Decreed on July 26, 1979, by Interministerial Resolution A-322 and 376, it was published in the Official Registry of November 20, 1979 R. O. No. 069. The park is administered from its headquarters in Puerto Lopez.

 

Due to the presence of towns and villages within the park limits, many parts of the park suffer from severe human impacts.

 

TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Local people.TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Frailes Beach Trail Head.

Residents of the park on their way to the forest to collect products.

The Playa los Frailes Beach is among the best protected zones in the park.

 

In spite of that, the park is of great significance, being located in the transition  zone between the geographical Choco province with the highest rainfall in the world, and the deserts that start south from the border with Peru. Because of these circumstances, Machalilla National Park is one of the most significant protected areas in Ecuador, with many species of flora and fauna found only in this climate transition region.

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Marine ecosystems

The marine area is divided into:

  • Intertidal zone;

  • The coastal zone;

  • The Pelarctic or oceanic zone.

Each has a different fauna.

 

There are two different rocky ecosystems in the coastal zone:
Rocky and coral reefs down to a depth of 25 m.

 

Additionally, there is a shallow reef, between the mainland and Isla de la Plata, the Bajo de Cantagallo, which is a rocky submarine plain. Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, mates near the Bajo de Cantagallo and it also appears to be on a migration route of other marine mammals. These reefs have a great diverse ichthyofauna, as well as a rich invertebrates fauna and macroalgae flora.

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Vegetation

The flora of the park reflects its position between the rain-drenched areas in the north and desert in the south which has caused the development of lots of endemic species: More than 150 endemic species have been recorded in the park, but many more are likely to exist. The large timber trees at the higher elevations of the Park are threatened by illegal logging.

 

The following vegetation formations are recognized in the park:

 

Dry coastal srubland 0 - 20 masl: The coastal vegetation from the beaches up to 20 masl. Characteristic are associations of species such as the seaweed, Maytenus octogona and salt marsh, Cryptocarpus pyriformis, while on cliffs above sea level, Galvezia leucantha can be observed.

 

TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Dry coastal scrubland Ecuador.TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Cactus forest.

Dry coastal scrubland.

Dry lowland scrubland dominated by cacti.

 

Dry lowland shrubland (20 - 150 masl): The shrubs are dry, spiny and low (1 - 6 m high), such as Monvillea diffusa, Manzanillo, Hyppomane mancinella, Palosanto, Bursera graveolens, Muyuyo Cordia Lutea, Barbasco Jacquinia sprucei, intermixed with tall cacti. This vegetation is found in large parts along the road and also on the Silver and Salango Islands.

 

Bosque deciduo de tierras Bajas (50 - 200 masl): It is characterized by losing its leaves during the dry season. The upper layer does not exceed 6 - 8 m in height, except for the ceibo trees, which can measure up to 15 m. The most common species are: ceibo, Ceiba trichystandra, Armathocereus cartwrigtrhianus and some thorny plants such as carob, Prosopis juliflora and acacia, Acacia macracantha, laurel, Cordia alliodora.

 

Lowland deciduous Woodland (50-200 masl): Characterized by shedding its leaves during the dry season, the upper stratum not exceeding 6-8 m in height, except for Ceibo trees, which can measure up to 15 m. The most common species are Ceibo, Ceiba trichystandra, Armathocereus cartwrigtrhianus and many thorny plants like Carob, Prosopis juliflora and Acacia, Acacia macracantha, Laurel, Cordia alliodora.

 

TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Ceibo or Ecuadorian Boabab trees.TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Pink shrub flower Pacific Coast Ecuador.

Lowland deciduous Woodland.

The predominant vegetation stratum is formed by shrubs.

 

TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Epifytes dry forest.TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Bromeliad dry forest, Ecuador

Trees are densely covered by epiphytes
 

Semideciduous Lowland forest (100-300 masl): Consisting of small groves left on slopes where total deforestation has not taken place. The thorny deciduous undergrowth is very dense and the evergreen tree layer reaches 10-15 m high. The diversity of this formation is relatively high with trees like: Triplaris cuminga, Coccoloba mollis, Trema micrantha, Heliconia latispatha, Piper amalago, Philodendron purpureiviride.

 

TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Strangler vine coast Ecuador

TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Gallery forest.

Gallery Forest on river banks have the characteristics of semideciduous forest. Rich in species, these forests have lots of strangler trees, Ficus sp. While species diversity among epiphytes is not all that high, they trees are covered with dense layers of lichens and bromeliads, even on their leaves. These epyfytes collect moister from the atmosphere and transfer it to their host. Four species of endemic orchids have been reported: Dimerandra rimbaxhii, Erythrodes equa dorensis, Macrolobiun manabinum, and Rodriguezia strobelli.

 

TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Strangler fig coast Ecuador.TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Mountain forest.

Evergreen montane lowland forest (450-840 masl): this formation grows at the higher elevations of San Sebastián and Salaite Mountains. The effect of drizzling rain and fog allow large trees to grow, and species diversity is much greater than in the semideciduous forests. The topography is very steep; The soils are clay loam, shallow and relatively rich in organic matter (7%). The tree stratum exceeds 20 m high and trees are covered with moss and epiphytes (ferns, bromeliads and orchids). The undergrowth is very humid and is covered entirely by ferns of the genus Adiantum and Selaginella, and other species of the families Piperaceae, Oxalidaceae, Araceae and Cyclanthaceae and shrubes of the families Ericaceae and Gesneriaceae.

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Mammals

69 species of terrestrial mammals have been identified.

 

TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Giant Anteater, coast Ecuador.TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Hognose skunk, coast Ecuador.

Northern Tamandua Anteater, Tamandua mexicana.

Striped hog-nosed skunk, Conepatus semistriatus a common animal in much of Ecuador.

 

TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Red Brocket Dear Coast Ecuador.TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Puma coast Ecuador.

Red Brocket dear, Mazama americana, common in forested areas along the coast, but shy for hunting pressure.  

Pumas, Puma concolor, occurs in natural areas throughout Ecuador.

 

The most representative mammals are: Mono Machin Colorado, Cebus albifrons aequatorialis, Red Brocket Deer, Mazama americana, both Pecary species, Pecari tajacu and Tayassu pecari, Ocelots, Leopardus pardalis, L. wiedii, Armadillos, Dasypus novemcinctus, Cabassous centralis, Kinkajou, Potos flavus, White-nosed coati, Nasua narica, Procyon cancrivorus, Red-tailed squirrel, Sciurus granatensis, Northern Tamandua Anteater, Tamandua mexicana, Brazilian rabbits, Sylvilagus brasiliensis, Lowland Paca, Cuniculus paca, and Central American Agouti, Dasyprocta punctata.

 

TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: White Colared Peccaris in the Amazon JungleTOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Central American Agouti, coast Ecuador.

Collared Peccaris, Pecari tajacu, common in forested areas along the coast, but shy for hunting pressure.  

Central American Agoutis, Dasyprocta punctata, are also common along the coast in forested areas.

 

The most abundant and diverse mammals order is that of bats, with 21 species. The most common are: Artibeus fraterculus, A. hartii, Carollia brevicauda, Platyrrhinus helleri y Myotis sp. , followed by the rodents.

 

As for the mammals that inhabit the low zone can be mentioned: White-tailed Deer, Odocoileus virginianus, Sechuran fox, Lycalopex sechurae, Guayaquil squirrel, Sciurus stramineus and bats. It should be noted that many highland species move down during the rainy season.

 

The marine area of the park is frequented by 12 species of cetaceans (whales and dolphins): Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalus, Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, Common Dolphin, Delphinus delphis, Pilot Whale, Globice phalamacrorhynchus, Pantropical Spotted Dolphin, Stenella attenuata.

 

Occasionally Galapagos Seals are seen on Isla de la Plata.

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Birds

270 species of birds have been registered in the Park,  which include endemics of the Choco Tumbesinas and the Andean cloud forests.

 

The main species in the upper zone are: partridge, Crypturellus soui, hawk valdivia, Herpetotheres cachinnans, guan, Penelope purpurascens, black-headed parrot, Pionus chalcopterus, hummingbirds, Thalurania colombica, Damophila julie, trogons Trogon melanurus, T. collaris, T violaceus, toucan, Aulacorhynchus haematopygus, black woodpecker, Dryocopus lineatus, chestnut woodcreeper, Dendrocincla fuliginosa, Bian Bian, Euphoniala niirostris. In the lower zone, typical species of dry forests stand out, such as: Crestec caracara, Polyborus plancus, tucupilla, Columbina cruziana, vivina, Forpus coelestis, pedrote, Momotus momota.

 

TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Chestnutp-fronted Macaw.TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: American Oistercatcher Coast Ecuador.

Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Ara severa.

Americano Ostrich, Haematopus palliatus, frecuents the beaches.

 

Seabirds are divided into three groups: shore birds, coastal birds and oceanic birds. In the first two groups: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Blue-footed booby, Sula nebouxii, Great Ffrigate Bird, Fregata magnifcens, Osprey, Pandion haliaetus.

 

Pelicans and boobies feed mainly on fish and squid at sea for which you see them often diving into the water from considerable heights. Both species form large colonies. Birds of the order Procellariformes are exclusively pelagic or oceanic birds that they feed in the ocean and only fly to land to nest. A good example is the Galapagos Albatross, Diomedea irrorata, which live in small colonies at Isla de la Plata.

 

TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Blue-footed Booby, Ecuador.TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Brown Pelican coast Ecuador.

Blue-footed Boobies, Sula nebouxii, breed on Isla de la Plata.

Brown Pelicans, Pelecanus occidentalis, are common along the entire Pacific coast.

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Other critters

Among the terrestrial reptiles are the lizards, Tropidurus occipitalis, Sternocercus iridescens, Ameiva septemlineata, snakes equis, Bothrops asper and Northern Leptodeira. Also occurs the Green Iguana, Iguana iguana, a common species along the Pacific coast.

Of the four species of marine turtles occurring in Ecuador the first 3 nest on the beaches of the park:

  • Green Turtle, Chelonia mydas agassizii;

  • Carey Turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata;

  • Leatherback Turtle, Dermochelys coriacea; y

  • Olive Ridley Turtle has is known from Isla de La Plata.

Also living  in the park, the only species of sea snake, Pelamis platurus.

 

TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Green turtle Coast Ecuador.TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]: Green Iguana, coast Ecuador

Green turtles, Chelonia mydas, submerge at Isla de la Plata as operators feed them.

The Green, Iguana Iguana, is very common along the Pacific coast, including in the park.

 

Given, the dry climate in most of the park, amphibian diversity is low with only 15 species, which include: Scinax quinquefasciatus, Trachycephalus venulosus and Leptodactylus ventrimaculatus, Ceratophrys stolzmanni. Recently new endemic species were found: Eleutherodactylus walkeri, Engystomops pustulatus, E. montubio, Epipedobates machalilla, Hyloxalus infraguttatus.

The ichthyofauna of the park can be divided into: reef, pelagic and demersal (bottom) fish. 143 reef fish species have been recorded, 94% were bony fish and the rest were cartilaginous (spine, mainly sharks) fish.

There is a large variety of invertebrates in the sandy and rocky intertidal zones which is a different ecosystem with many species that only occur in that zone.

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Getting there

The park is located at a distance of 435km (8 hours) from Quito, (185 km) (3.5 hours) from Guayaquil  and 90 km (1,5 hours) from Manta. The most convenient way to get there from Quito, is to fly to Manta and from there travel to Puerto Lopez in private transport.

 

Main access is by the roads connecting Puerto Lopez - Jipijapa to the north and La Libertad to the south. These will get you to all points of interest.

 

In Puerto Lopez, many tour operators sell excursions to Isla de la Plata, leaving between 9:30 and 10:00 and returning around 16:00.

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25 COOLEST THINGS TO DO IN PERU [LIMA,CUSCO, MACHU PICCHU]: Inca wall in Cusco.

PERU HIGHLIGHTS

A fabulous program for visiting the most famous cultural highlights Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. At the same time it serves as the Lima hub for the Peru National Parks Tour. This module is an extension to our National Parks Tour Ecuador and/or Galapagos National Park and/or Amazon Cruises.

Price: from $ 1199

7 days

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TOP 10 MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK ECUADOR FACTS [2024]

PARKS & TRIBES Travel Agency in Quito
Ecuador Address: Las Casas, Crossing Street: Jose Coudrin, 2 streets above the Occidental Highway, Canton Quito, Prov. Pichincha, Neighborhood Belisario Quevedo 
Tel: (++593)(02) 2 2324 4086, Cell: (++593) (0) 99 283 2187 USA: (++)1 304 901 0718
Email: info@parks-and-tribes.com
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