Isla de la Plata, Machalilla National Park

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Take a boat out to Isla de la Plata, located 27 km (17 mi) off the coast of Ecuador and famed for its rare animal species, in and out of the water. Set sail from Puerto Lopez to arrive on this remote island of rich biological diversity and impressive geological formations. Surrounded by coral reefs, the island offers divers many sites to explore the ample marine life. Back on land, rare bird species--including three species of booby--ensure plenty of appeal for bird-watchers. Take a guided tour to discover the best places from which to spot South American sea lions and the pan-tropical spotted dolphins. For Isla de la Plata and beyond, use our Machalilla National Park vacation trip planner to get the most from your Machalilla National Park vacation.
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  • Spectacular! Departure by boat, we saw several whales around the corner, a great return for the island where we saw many piquillos patiazules, Nazca, frigates, pelicanes and ida... Snorkelling with turtles... Everything perfect
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  • We went with an operator and the beach was nice we did the walk of about an hour and half to malked go to see turtles do snorkelin and finish watching the whales
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  • To reach the island de la Plata the nearest point is from the village Puerto Lopez. There are a high season and another season. For the date I went, it was low and the cost of the trip was $30 per person. That includes everything what is done there, and refreshments. The tour is from 9:30 am to 16:30 approximately. Within the tour 1 h 15 hours traveling to the island. Then made only 1 of the 4 trails tour, which takes about 3 hours. After that is done Snorkeling around the island. There are always guidelines controlling the safety of persons and in addition there are several boats that make the same activities, in this activity is taken 1 hour. Around 3:30 p.m. the boats begin to embark to return. It has beautiful scenery, it is recommended to go, and for the time that we went was full of vegetation. You can see that there are only in Galapagos and birds that do not reach the Ecuador mainland
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