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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  • Get to know the flora and fauna of the forest dry, very similar to the Galapagos Islands. In December, the weather is sunny and the water is warm.
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  • La Isla de la Plata is a protected natural area which is part of the Machalilla National Park. The island is reachable within two hours by boat from Puerto Lopez. It is called the poor man's Galapagos...  more »
  • Deserves to be visited, above all for the observation of birds piqueros blue feet (females) and turquoise (males). The trail rises about 100 metres from the beach, you'd better be prepared with proper footwear and mineral water. Both piqueros as frigatebirds will observe closely, are accustomed to tourists. At sea can see also giant turtles and various species of colorful fish. The return crossing however is quite long but with a little luck you can find a few dolphins too.
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