All along the Ecuadorian coast you find exotic beaches, charming fishing towns and arqueological sites, all filled with abundant animal life. Enjoy beautiful beaches like Los Frailes, as well as the Machalilla National Park, where you can find Isla de La Plata -also described as the mini Galapagos-, a beautiful natural sanctuary full of wildlife. Between the months of June and September, you will be able to see whales as they come to the warm waters of Ecuador during their time of reproduction.
The coast supports three main types of ecosystems; the northern tropical rain forest, the central and southwestern tropical savannas, and the dry forest on the western and southern peninsula strip. Along the coast are two additional ecosystems, especially noted for their plant and animal communities: the inlets of mangrove forest and the tidal areas. The beaches and steep cliffs found here are renowned for their dramatic landscapes.
Guayaquil, Puerto Bolivar, Manta and Esmeraldas are the ports along more than 1,860 miles of coast and beaches. It is an excellent area for fishing and water sports like surfing, jet skiing, snorkeling, windsurfing, fishing and scuba diving.