Machalilla Park

Declared a National Park in 1979, with an area of 55,000 hectares, the Machalilla National Park protects coast and marine habitats and abundant archaeology; it is a tropical dry forest in contrast to the humid cloud forest. It offers a spectacular craft and a variety of cuisine in order to make the experience complete. Want to know more?

Biodiversity and other aspects that make Machalilla a very special park

The reason why a national park like Machalilla highlights over the other impressive national parks in Ecuador, is because it got many small wonders together. Some of them:

  • Nearly 500 different animal species: Machalilla is a great exponent of the country’s biodiversity, housing in particular 81 species of mammals, 270 bird, and 143 marine species.

  • Marine Park: Yes, you read it right, 143 species of fish and other marine life. Because Machalilla Park includes the only protected sea area in the continental Ecuador.

  • The coral reefs: Dare to dive into unique coral reefs of Ecuador, and discover the colourful marine life on the reef. An own universe, formed by the union of the Humboldt current and el Niño.

  • La Isla de la Plata. A gem of just 14 km2, physically and biologically very similar to the Galapagos Islands, as they are places where albatrosses nest, the tropical bird, large colonies of frigates and blue footed boobies. Around the island you can observe marine mammals such as whales, dolphins and even a small colony of sea lions.

  • Migratory species: From June to October Machalilla is visited by humpback whales. You can observe these gentle sea giants performing spectacular jumps, as well as curious whales.

  • The nests of sea turtles: These proud and beautiful animals nest on the beaches of Machalilla. A very difficult show to see!

Moreover, you will find interesting indigenous craft markets around it, where you can take a walk or purchase a special souvenir. You will also have the opportunity to meet, or to keep learning, the local cuisine with the most appreciated Ecuadorian dishes.

To sum up: if your thing is the Eco Tourism, Machalilla is a destination you cannnot miss..

ISLA DE LA PLATA
CVC 56 MANABÍ AND ISLA DE LA PLATA 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS
CVC 57 MANABÍ ADVENTURE 4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS
CVC57A LOVELY MANABI 5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS