Isla de la PlataAlso known as the "Poor Man's Galapagos" is located 20 miles off the coast of Machalilla national park. The Island is one of the key tourist attractions because of its natural habitat as a refuge and nesting site for seabirds such as blue-footed boobies, frigates, pelicans, tropical birds, albatrosses, and sea lions. Also, it has the best Scuba diving and snorkeling in the area (to compare with Galapagos, hence the nickname “Poor Man's Galapagos”).
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Parque Nacional Machalilla, Puerto Lopez, Manabi ProvinceAfter deaprting Montanita we drive towards the harbor located in Machalilla National Park.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Isla de la Plata, Machalilla National Park, Manabi ProvinceAfter an hour-long cruise we reach Isla de la Plata. From here we begin to observe the island wildlife, especially the Blue-Footed Booby. After we are done walking we sit and enjoy a fresh snack.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Isla de la Plata, Machalilla National Park, Manabi ProvinceAfter trekking and bird watching we take the entire group to a calm area of the island were we snorkel. Snorkel equipment is included.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Parque Nacional Machalilla, Puerto Lopez, Manabi ProvinceAfter arriving back from the island, we collect lifevest and await our private transport to drive us back to Montanita. Sometimes the bus transportation arrives 10 to 20 min after arriving at Puerto Lopez, so it is a good time to walk around and enjoy the culture of the people of Machalilla.Duration: 30 minutes