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MACHALILLA  NATIONAL  PARK  -  ECUADOR


Machalilla National Park is located in Manabi along the Pacific coast near Puerto Lopez. The park is one of only three protected areas in continental Ecuador that includes a marine area. It covers 46,000 hectares (113,000 acres) including some 20,000 hectares of ocean, where we find the islands of La Plata and Salango.
 

In the park area we find
fog forest, dry forest and coastal scrub, in addition to a long stretch of beach, two offshore islands, rocky islets, and a large area of surrounding ocean. In the dry forest we can also find an important archeological site, predating back to the Chorrera and Salango cultures of 1500 - 500 BC and 3000 BC respectively as well as pre-Inca ruins. Besides the islets, rocks, cliffs, bays, beaches and forested areas the park offers many incredible views and untouched areas, making this an amazing place to visit.
 

The climate tends to be very humid and sticky with high levels of sunlight throughout December to May with proliferating cooler climates and cloud coverage from June to November. The onshore majority portion of land is divided into three main areas including the main town and houses reptiles, an abundance of bird life and various mammals.
 

For beach lovers the park offers Los Frailes, Salaite, La Playita, Los Balsamos and La Tortuguita just to mention a few. Among the islets and rocks we find Pedernales, La Viuda, Sucre, Horno de Pan, Punta Mala, etc.

  

De la Plata Island is located 22 nautical miles to the northwest of Puerto Lopez, covers 12 square kilometers and has an elevation of maximum 167 meters above sea level. Its main features are rocky cliffs, beaches, bays, and rocks.


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