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Hostal Maxima, along with Isla Tours S.A. tour operator offer exclusive service to our guest in discovering Puerto López & Machalilla National Park, culture & ecology.

Daily tours are offered to the most popular destinations in and around Machalilla National Park, tours can include private transportation & experienced bilingual guides. . Please feel free to contact us to hostal_maxima@hotmail.com or hostalmaxima@hotelmaxima.org for any customized desired outdoor trips, we will be delighted to provide you all the information you need!.

Machalilla National Park, Puerto López Isla de la Plata & Whale Watching

 Los Frailes"     Reputed to be the most beautiful beach in Ecuador and the star of countless posters, is 10 minutes North of Puerto Lopez by bus. The entrance is free.
The bus drops you off at a signed turn off. From there it's a circular walk which takes
2-2.5 hrs. A 3.5-km trail winds down to the beach and leads across three separate beaches. The first two are in smaller protected bays on either side of a headland. One has black sand and one white. The third is the famous beach and deservedly so - it's a huge white sweep of sand framed by forested cliffs. It's sparkling clean and has been protected from any form of human construction. The big crabs rule here. From there it's a 2.5-km walk back on an unpaved road.
Los Frailes is well worth it.

Los Frailes

Los Frailes (Machalilla National Park)

Whale Watching

Ecuador's whales are part of a population of Pacific humpback whales that reside in the southern hemisphere. These whales -- called ballenas jorobadas in Ecuador -- spend the months of June through September in the warm, tropical waters off Ecuador's west coast, mating, giving birth and caring for their calves. The months of October through May are spent near Antarctica, where the whales feed in cooler, nutrient rich waters.



Whale Watching (Puerto López Ecuador)

Isla de la Plata
The Isla is named after the silver that Sir Francis Drake allegedly stole from the Spanish and buried there. To this day it's not been recovered but there's no harm in looking. Even if you don't find hidden treasures it's well worth a visit. The Isla is generally considered to be a cheaper alternative to Galapagos and is home to various must-see birds including frigates with big red pouches on their necks, boobies with blue feet, boobies with red feet, masked boobies, pelicans and a small nesting colony of waved albatrosses. There's also a resident group of sea lions. The Isla is also a top spot for whale-watching, one of the primary sites in Ecuador for our large blubbery friends. Humpback whales cruise in from the Antarctic between June and September to enjoy the warm Pacific waters. This time of year is mating season and the whales can be heard  serenading and chatting to each other as they pair up. Despite being a favourite prey of whalers for centuries, humpbacks aren't particularly timid and if you're lucky you'll get a close up view.


Isla de la Plata (Poor mans Galopados)

Machalilla National Park encompasses 55,000 hectares of land and 2 offshore islands, Isla de la Plata and Isla Salango. It constitutes the last remnants of dry tropical forest in Ecuador and is home to a rich variety of birdlife as well as some reptiles and mammals.


Blue-footed Booby Bird


Agua Blanca  $5.00 Entrance
This is a small village inside the park which is home to another excellent archaeological museum.
It contains local ceramics, jewellery and domestic objects attributed to the Manteña civilisation dating from 500 BC - 1500 AD.You can get there independently by catching a bus to roughly 5 kms North of Puerto Lopez. From here there's a turn off and you walk 5 kms inland on an unpaved road. Alternatively various agencies in Puerto Lopez organise day trips with transport. From Agua Blanca there's an easy 45-minute walk to some pre-Inca ruins and guides can be hi
red in the village.


Agua Blanca (Natural springs to relax)      

Has a lagoon with lots of sulfur. where guests can swim and cover themselves in mud from the bottom of the lagoon too rejuvenate your skin. There is also a lookout point and 2 small restaurants there.





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