Places of Interest

Places of Interest

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Discover the Park's Treasures

Immerse yourself in the beauty of unique destinations that will take your breath away. From historic monuments to natural wonders, our selection invites you to live unforgettable experiences.

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Commune Agua Blanca

Agua Blanca, in the heart of Machalilla National Park, is an important archaeological site with vestiges of an ancient city from the Manteño period, belonging to the Salangome lordship. Located 12 km north of Puerto Lopez, about 5 km from the main road, it is a fascinating destination for exploring Manteño culture. In its museum, you can appreciate outstanding elements of this culture. Along the Buenavista River, there are temples, plazas and dwellings of the Manteña culture from 1500 BC.

Puerto López

Puerto López, ecotourism capital on the Ecuadorian coast, home to the Machalilla National Park, offers colourful landscapes and rich gastronomy. It stands out for whale watching and ecotourism activities. Its beach is a natural paradise to explore the wonders of Machalilla National Park. Enjoy the majestic dance of the humpback whales in their annual migration in the warm waters of the Pacific.

Playa de los Frailes

Beautiful Ecuadorian jewel with crystal clear waters and breathtaking scenery. Playa Los Frailes has one of the best panoramic views of the blue-green waters of the Ecuadorian coast. It is approximately 800 metres long. Relax on its wide white sandy beach, enjoy the underwater biodiversity and diverse aquatic activities. Don't miss the natural spectacle of the humpback whales on their annual visit from June to October.

Isla de Salango

Discover the beauty of Salango Island with its coral reef and exciting snorkelling at the new Parcela Marina. Enjoy 4 km of beaches, sightings of native birds such as blue-footed boobies, pelicans and seagulls. Take a boat ride to its white sandy beach and admire the spectacular views of cliffs and crystal clear waters.

La Isla de la Plata

A natural treasure 50 km from Puerto López, Manabí, Ecuador. Known for its diversity of birds and water activities such as snorkelling and scuba diving. From June to September, the majestic Antarctic humpback whales visit to mate and give birth to their calves, offering an unforgettable spectacle.

Commune of Los Ciriales

It is the perfect starting point to explore this region. In addition to its beauty, Playa Machalilla is the gateway to the Machalilla National Park, which is home to natural treasures such as Playa Los Ciriales, a tranquil spot that invites you to swim and enjoy water sports.

Sucre Islet, also part of the park, is an underwater paradise where diving and snorkelling reveal a world of corals, tropical fish and sea turtles. 

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