Ruta Spondylus attractions

National Park in Parque Nacional Machalilla

Parque Nacional Machalilla

Preserving isolated beaches, coral formations, two offshore islands, tropical dry forest, coastal cloud forest, archaeological sites and 200 sq km of ocean, Ecuador's only coastal national park is a marvelous and un…
Village in Parque Nacional Machalilla

Agua Blanca

A visit to this small indigenous community and its surrounding territory is a chance to escape tar-and-concrete modern Ecuador. You’ll find the turn-off, where you pay an entry fee (which covers museum admission and…
Museum in Parque Nacional Machalilla

Archaeological Museum

Well worth a visit. Spanish-speaking guides explain the significance of the artifacts, including well-preserved ancient tools, ceramics and funeral urns. The informative tour continues a short walk away at the Manta…
Museum in Salango, Las Tunas and Ayampe

Salango Archaeological Museum

A fascinating collection of more than 245 ceramics pieces is exhibited here. Objects date from between 3000 BC to 1500 AD and account the settlements of the Valdivia, Machalilla, Chorrera Engoroy, Bahia and Guangala…
Observatory in Salango, Las Tunas and Ayampe

Mirador de Salango

Awesome sunset views of Salango, Isla Salango, and Rio Chico from a wooden observatory jutting out over the sea on a spit of land between Las Tunas and Salango.
Archaeological Site in Puerto López

Fritz the Whale

Fritz the humpback whale washed up dead on the beach 40km south of Puerto López in 2004. His skeleton was recovered with the help of Hosteria Mandala and some nonprofit organizations, and the restored skeleton, impr…
Village in Ruta Spondylus

El Pital

An option for reaching the high forest in and around San Sebastián is to go via El Pital, a community ecotourism project 9km (35 minutes by 4WD) east of Puerto López. Guides (if booked with plenty of notice) can tak…
Church in Montañita

Iglesia San Isidro Labrador

Good point of reference opposite Montañita's plaza.