Machalilla National Park

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Machalilla National Park in the province of Manabí, an hour and thirty minutes from Manta’s national airport and is one of the country’s few protected coastal regions boasting stellar scenery of tropical dry forest leading directly onto pristine beaches.

Discover the park’s wonders; hike through an exceptional humid forest to experience the area’s vegetation and wildlife while learning more about its natural, geological and cultural history. Observe tropical birds, plants, insects, reptiles and occasional mammals at different altitudes; and marvel at humpback whales twirling out of the ocean during mating season.

The Machalilla National Park offers Ecuador’s most beautiful beach the crescent-shaped Playa Los Frailes, coastal dry forest, and an archeological open-air museum at the indigenous community of Aguas Blancas. The national park also covers Isla de la Plata, a small island with an amazing variety of animals, almost comparable to the Galapagos Islands.

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