Pacific coast offers visitors sun and sand, tropical rainforests with their colourful animals and birds, beach front hotels and hostels, and of course, the enticingly warm waves of the Pacific Ocean, the famous Isla de la Plata, the Galapagos in miniature where Sir Francis Drake is supposed to have hidden a large treasure; coral reefs with their shoals of magnificently coloured fish; the chance to kayak; tours through the magical mangrove forests and, best of all, whale watching expeditions between June and October, when these magnificent creatures come to Ecuador’s coast to calve.
And if that’s not enough, there’ s the chance to explore historic pre-Inca archaeological sites, some belonging to cultures more than 2,000 years old.
Spondylus Route 6 Days
Tour in Guayaquil city
Visit to the city of Guayaquil, one of the most important ports of the Southern Pacific in South America. Walk along the new and renovated riverfront promenade “Malecon 2000”, with a beautiful view of the Guayas river. Along the promenade, there are stores, restaurants, museums and an IMAX theater. Climb up the steps leading to the top of Santa Ana hill through the old and traditional neighborhood Las Peñas. From the faro (lighthouse) at the top, you can enjoy a great view of the city. In the afternoon, visit the Historical Park, the Botanical garden. In the evening enjoy a boat trip along Guayas River and admire the lights of the city.
Cocoa Route – Ayampe – Salango – Puerto Lopez
Breakfast. Departure for the Ruta del Cacao (Cocoa Route), for visit to one of the cocoa-producing haciendas, where you will learn about the production process and try delicious Ecuadorian chocolate. Later on, travel to Ayampe beach and after we will visit Salango Museum, continue to Puerto Lopez. Dinner and overnight.
Full day to Isla de la Plata “Silver´s Island”
Breakfast. Full day visit to Isla de la Plata. Walk on trails. Includes box lunch, swimming and snorkeling. Between June and October, you can see humpback whales that arrive each year to mate. Sail back to Puerto Lopez. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Agua Blanca Museum – Los Frailes beach
Breakfast. Visit to the Archaeological Museum In Situ of Agua Blanca. Lunch. Visit to Los Frailes Beach (snorkel). Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Montecristi – Manta
Breakfast. Discover Montecristi, where Panama hats are made. Then visit the beach in Manta, where you can stay in a good beachfront hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast. Return to Quito