Isla de la Plata, Machalilla National Park

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#1 of 7 in Nature in Manabi Province
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. Plan to see Isla de la Plata and other attractions that appeal to you using our Machalilla National Park vacation planner .
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  • This island is called the poor man's Galapagos, and is certainly worth the trip. The average cost for a day trip is $35-$40. The boatride from Puerto Lopez is an hour each way. There are 3 different t...  more »
  • We booked a trip through our hotel and had a great walking tour. Fresh turtle tracks on the beach where we landed, plenty of great birds, incredible fish and turtles around the boat while we waited to...  more »
  • Very nice experience, maybe travel a little long by the ocean for those who are not accustomed to, not eat before you get on the boat and take pills for seasickness.
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