This coastal national park, often overlooked in favour of the Galapagos Islands, actually offers a fantastic mix of hiking, wildlife spotting, activities and relaxation.

This coastal national park, often overlooked in favour of the Galapagos Islands, actually offers a fantastic mix of hiking, wildlife spotting, activities and relaxation - making it a hugely attractive destination in its own right. A third of the park is made up of ocean, including tiny islands dotted sporadically throughout. Of these, the most famous is Isla de la Plata, which provides a home to a wonderful collection of birds and has earned it a reputation as something of a mini-Galapagos.

In total, there are over 270 species of birds in Machalilla, including kingfishers, waved albatrosses, pelicans, boobies and frigate birds. On land, armadillos, howler monkeys, colourful frogs, snakes and deers are amongst the residents, whilst the seas are brought to life by humpback whales, ocra, turtles, rays and dolphins.

The park is charactarised by tropical forests, unspoilt beaches and scrub desert, with well marked trails throughout. The park also boasts an ancient community and even coral reefs.

 

 

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The Esmeralda Tour - Machalilla National Park - Holidays to Ecuador

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13 Nights from £2,226 €1,771 $1,893

We explore the exuberant rainforest from the comfort of a boat travelling on the Napo River. admire Andean landscapes and the Pacific coast with Isla Plata…

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13 Nights from £2,226 €1,771 $1,893

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  1. Day 1 - Traveling to Quito

    Day 2 - City tour

    Day 3 - Tour to Otavalo Market

    Day 4 - At Leisure

  2. Days 5-8 -  Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise

  3. Day 9 - Machalilla National Park

    Day 10 - Isla de la Plata

    Day 11 - Archeological Museum and Los Frailes Beach

    Day 12 - Free to explore

    Day 13 - Ayampe River Rainforest

    Day 14 - Tour in Guayaquil and departure

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