Spend four nights at the lovely Mediterranean-style Mantaraya Lodge along the exotic coast of Ecuador. Your days will be spent exploring the flora and fauna of nearby Machalilla National Park, snorkeling and swimming off Isla de la Plata, and visiting other places of interest such as the Ayampe River rain forest, Salango Beach, and the Museum of Agua Blanca.
Day 1 : Quito to Manta Day 2 : Isla de la Plata Day 3 : Museum & Beach Day 4 : Rainforest & Beach Day 5 : Snorkeling & Return to Quito
Fly from Quito to Manta. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred by bus to Mantaraya Lodge. On the way, you'll stop to visit the famous "Panama Hat" manufacturers at Montecriste village. Following your check-in at Mantaraya you'll eat lunch, enjoying your first of many delicious meals. Spend the afternoon visiting the Salango Museum, and then back to the lodge for briefing and dinner.
Today spend a full day visiting the exotic Isla de la Plata. Walk the trails, watch for bird species such as the waved albatross, red-billed tropic bird, and frigate bird, and seek out the local colony of sea lions. After enjoying your box lunch, spend a relaxing afternoon swimming and snorkeling in the Pacific. Sail back to Puerto Lopez and return to Mantaraya Lodge for a delectable dinner.
In the morning visit the in situ archaeological Museum of Agua Blanca. After lunch, have another chance to enjoy the waves and swim or snorkel from Los Frailes beach. In the evening, it's back to Mantaraya for dinner.
This morning visit the Ayampe River rain forest, marveling at the rich diversity of flora and fauna. After lunch, spend another afternoon at the beach; you can swim, snorkel, or just relax on the warm sand of La Playita beach. The evening returns you to Mantaraya for dinner.
Day 5 Snorkeling & Return to Quito
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
This morning brings you yet another opportunity to search the Pacific waters for colorful marine life as you snorkel and swim from Salango Beach. Enjoy one last lunch at Mantaraya before taking the bus back to Manta to catch your flight to Quito or other exciting destinations.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.