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Machalilla National Park  


Machalilla National Park is situated in Manabi along the Pacific coast near Puerto Lopez. It includes beaches, forested areas, islotes and two larger islands, Salango and Isla de la Plata.

A dry tropical vegetation is found along the coast and on the islands whereas farther inland in the higher zones a more humid tropical forest established itself.

Hawks and Falcons are common along the coast and in the dry tropical forests.

Playa de los Frailes is a beautiful sheltered bay with a pure white sand beach and surrounded by a dry tropical forest. Ideally for anyone in need of relaxation as no tourist installations are allowed there.

Apart from the beach, Playa de los Frailes offers nature trails and viewing spots to the shoreline.


Small landbirds, like the Vermillion Flycatcher, Mockingbird, Motmot color the dry tropical forest.

Isla de la Plata, some 45km off the mainland, offers visitors an experience similar to Galapagos with fearless seabirds breeding and nesting there.

Frigatebirds nest in the shrubs of this island. Males show off their red pouch baloons to attract the white breasted females. The white-headed frigates below are immatures, which depend for more than a year from their parents. 

Masked and Blue-footed boobies are other seabirds nesting in larger numbers there.

Humpback whales appear in the summer months along the beach to mate in the warm tropical waters and impress tourists by their impressive jumps.


Fishing is an important source of income for the inhabitants of Puerto Lopez and other smaller fishing villages, which however creates conflict with the conservation plans of the park.

Agua Blanca is one of many archaeological sites of pre-Columbian cultures which were situated along the Pacific coast. The most important cultures were Valdivia, Machalilla, Chorrera, Bahia, Guangala and Manteρa in order of their occurrences.



Location: Province of Manabi
Area: 56 184ha
Time of Creation: July 26th of 1979
Administration: INEFAN
Borders: North: Puerto Cayo

West: Punta Tortuga

South: River Ayampe

River Platano

Isla de la Plata, Isla Salango
Altitudes: 0 m - 850 m
Precipitations: 100 - 250 mm (coastal regions) 450 - 800mm (higher regions)
Temperatures: 17-24°C
Ecosystems: mdT, meT, bsT, bePM
 Map of Nature Parks & Links

1 El Cajas


3 Galapagos

4 Llanganates

5 Machalilla

6 Podocarpus

7 Sangay

8 Sumaco

9 Yasuni

10 Limoncocha

11 Marine Galapagos

12 Antisana
13 El Angel

14 Cayambe - Coca

15 Cayapas - Mataje

16 Cotacachi - Cayapas

17 Los Ilinizas

18 Mache - Chindul

19 Churute

20 Pululahua

21 Cuyabeno

22 Chimborazo

23 Pasochoa
24 El Boliche

25 Santa Clara

26 El Condor

27 Puyango

28 Mindo

29 Ozogoche

30 Majagual

31 Jatun Sacha

32 Guandera

33 Bilsa

34 Cerro Blanco

35 Don Juan

36 Pahuma


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