Isla de la Plata Tour

Departure: Every day

Isla de la Plata is also known as Poor Men’s Galapagos, due to its comparable ecosystem and fauna. Here the blue footed boobies, masked boobies and frigate birds can be spotted. As these marine birds don’t show fear for humans, you will be able to observe them from very up close.

During whale season, which starts in June and ends in September, you can spot humpback whales on your way to the island. These big mammals are found in Ecuadorian waters during their migration. The young males are the first ones to arrive, followed by the more adult females and males, in July arrive the females ready to reproduce. They carry their babies for 11 months, therefore they say “Las ballenas se hace y nacen en Manabí” (the whales are conceived and born in Manabí).


From the dock in Puerto Lopez you will leave for your Poor Men’s Galapagos experience. Depending on sea circumstances the navigation will take about 1,5 hours. To reach Drake’s Bay be prepared for a wet landing. The island provides an area where you can wash your feet and use the toilet before starting the hike. The first part goes straight up, so take your time. During the hike you will be able to observe marine birds like the blue footed boobies and the frigate bird.

A box lunch will be provided when back on the boat (in case of any food restrictions, let us know beforehand). You will be given some time to explore the underwater world, to observe tropical fish and hopefully encounter some sea turtles.

Afterwards the boat will take you back to Puerto Lopez, during whale season there will be enough time to observe the whales while navigating. You will be back in Puerto Lopez around 17:00 PM. The vegetation found on Isla de la Plata is dry coastal forest, which provides few shadow, therefore we recommend to bring a cap or hat and sun protection.

Included and excluded

  • Box lunch
  • Activities as described in the itinerary
  • Bilingual guide
  • Transport by sea
  • Snorkeling equipment (tube and mask)
  • Life jacket
  • Permit Machalilla National Park

Not included:

  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
What to bring?

For this tour we recommend to bring the following:

  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Hat or lightweight scarf
  • Light clothing
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Comfortable (closed) walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Water and snacks
Shared tour
USD $46 p.p.



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