Stunning virgin beaches line the 2000 kilometers long Pacific coast of Ecuador. Fishing villages and traces of pre-Columbian culture invite visitors to discover the history and skills of local communities, while jungle, mangrove forests, beautiful miles-long beaches and an abundant marine wildlife offer exciting activities all year-round.

At the northern part of the Ecuadorian Coast, the Esmeraldas province is riddled with estuaries, mangroves, and flooded tropical forest. Its wild and remote inland areas make this province the ideal destination for exciting river activities. The pristine beaches of that region are some of the most impressive of the coastline, lying between palm trees and crystal clear waters.

The middle section of the Pacific coastline is an excellent place for vacations. It features miles of pristine beaches and typical fishing villages. The beach towns along the Manabí coast such as Puerto Lopez, Montañita and Bahía de Caráquez are very popular destinations. In addition, Machalilla National Park, along with one of the most beautiful white-sand beaches in Ecuador – Los Frailes – offers great escape and adventure in an untouched and protected natural reserve.

At the southern part of the Pacific coast lie the cities of Salinas and Playas, two of the most popular coastal resorts in Ecuador where tourists can enjoy water sports and an exciting nightlife during their holidays.

Guayas Province is home to Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and main port, handling approximately 90% of Ecuador's imports. Guayaquil's new Mayor has been working hard to make the city both attractive and friendly to tourists. It has a large hotel capacity and is perfectly developed for international tourism. Filled with museums, restaurants and markets, the city invites tourists to discover its newly renovated traditional districts such as La Penas, as well as popular attractions like the Malecon 2000 and the iguana park.



Destinations

Overview
Machalilla National Park has an extension of 55,092 hectares distributed between the continental zone
and the marine zone. It
occupies a great part of the western hydrographic system of the Chongon-Colonche mountain range which produces micro climatic changes unique to this place, without mentioning the spectacular cliffs on the coast line.
Highlights
Machalilla’s dry forest is one of the most interesting forests in the world due to its high degree of endemism containing up to twenty percent of endemic species. The most famous touristic sites are the 'Isla de la Plata' and the white-sand pristine beach of 'Los Frailes'.
Where To Stay
Alandaluz Eco-lodge

Quotes

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Jenny Brown
Galapagos, June 2006