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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  • Not think you're going has go to Galapagos, but is a nice place if you go with few expectations, almost everything is as well or not? It is a nice place for a highly recommended day.
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  • When one thinks of coast, just think of beach, Sun and sea, but in Puerto Lopez experience was different, has so many activities, among them the better the island de La Plata, it is a full day tour, which includes sea turtles, snorkeling and whale watching. As the Isla de la Plata is part of the Machalilla National Park alone there are few boats arriving, but all resell Isla de la Plata to the hotels, if you want the best price and experience is the best buy direct on the operators, which handle direct tour and find them on the Boardwalk is Palo Santo Travel, recomendadisima with guide in English delicious lunch box and also a beautiful office with memories. Direct operators can vary between $ 5, which improves service and saves you the Pocket. Do not take tour on the street, usually charge you and disappear, or you pass to the worst boat fee, then you will not enjoy this place.
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  • We took this tour not exactly knowing what to expect. I hr boat ride from Puerto Lopez. Can get a bit choppy so FYI if prone to sea sickness. Decent size boat and very safe. 3 different hikes offered ...  more »