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
firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
(Machalilla National Park)
Ecuador's whales are part of a population of
Pacific humpback whales that reside in the southern
hemisphere. These whales -- called
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.
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
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.
MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK Entrance fee is FREE
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 hired in the
(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
too rejuvenate your
There is also a lookout point and 2 small restaurants there.