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Agua Blanca, Machalilla National Park
(4.2/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
Escape the modernity of the city with a visit to the indigenous community of Agua Blanca. Upon entry to the village visitors can survey a museum that features pre-Columbian art, soak inside a warm sulphur pool, and head to the surrounding verdant forest. Well-preserved ceramics, urns, and other artifacts await visitors at the village's archaeological museum, though guides will mainly speak Spanish. Explore the tropical forest surrounding the village and see the plentiful species of birds and plant life that inhabit the area. By using our Machalilla National Park itinerary planner, you can arrange your visit to Agua Blanca and other attractions in Machalilla National Park.
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  • The Park is nice, that rained to the naturalist and birdwatcher I am: you can for example find many lizards and a bird life abundant, varied and specialist species in these environments. The archaeological museum is interesting with the explanations of the guide. the loop/ride is good too, with possibility to swim in the Lagoon Spa (rich suffers), it welcomes you with a little clay to make a mask on the skin. The path also passes through a watchtower with a beautiful view. However, the loop is relatively short (1 h 30 - 2 h, taking his time with swimming and all). The downside: Although we are all for Community tourism, everyone seemed to "forget" to tell us that once in the Park (or it is drop in bus) it takes a good 5km until the village. So if we want to be bring, must of course pay, in addition to the entry (and the back too, of course). Besides, on the return, we asked the price back, we have tried to negotiate the price gently (it's the standard, yet...) The answer is drying, while the other 4/5 guides laugh and are literally laughing at us. In short, we were rather disappointed this welcome to tourists and a little dishonest side who always wants to pay more.
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  • As I by bus 5 got out, then $ entrance fee paid, was still not quite clear to me what would await me. A local resident was so nice to of 5 km from village to take me, 2 wanted but prompt $ for it. That went off so it's okay... Once there, I was guided into a Museum, where a further native through an exhibition led me. We got along just fine. He could only Spanish and I had only good advise. Then he led me to 2 other sites and introduced me to an English-speaking archaeologist. In conversation with him, it turned out that I had before but mostly correctly guessed. The local finds are on one over 10,000 year old culture, which built already very structured houses and buried their dead in it. Next I ran about an hour 1e by nature and I again was able to guess what he wanted to show me. There were quite a few plantations that were supplied with the sulphate-rich water of the lagoon, and everywhere were goats running around free. In the background the song of birds and a romantic Brook, who likely would be a river to the rainy season. It cavorted Egret and free-range pigs. All in all a very idyllic environment. After the obligatory swim in the lagoon pool, I took yet a meal (goat for $3.5) in the village and then made me very happy with the experience, again on the way home.
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  • We came with friends from work of passage to Manta. The climate was different, with fog, but helped to not make excessive heat for hiking activities. The commune is located where he was settlement for thousands of years, the guides are native, very well prepared and I think is something excellent that they themselves make us know the history. I liked the story, the archaeological remains, culture, and sense of identity. You have to go!
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  • A beautiful ancient community with a beautiful pool of sulfur. Very attentive people and many opportunities for bird watching and wildlife in general
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  • Unique tourist commune, whose predominant economic activity is tourism, is essential to visit it while in Manabí
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  • This is a commune that lives purely in the tourism, has a nice Museum a people friendly and restaurants economic and some activities of excursion. Sulphurous waters and great massages, really worth visiting this beautiful community at least once if they are already in the area
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  • Mud bath with smell of sulphur. Revitalizing.
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  • Relaxing, for those who enjoy the quiet and nature.
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