Agua Blanca – Nature & Archaeology






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Explore the Agua Blanca commune and learn about the ancient cultures that developed in this area of Ecuador.
  • Discover an ancestral region immersed in Machalilla National Park, spanning 55,000 hectares

  • Observe the fantastic flora of the area and see mangroves, cacti and cotton plants

  • Visit a small village inhabited by the descendants of the Manteña culture, still living as their ancestors did

  • Walk the trails among the sound of howler monkeys and various bird species

Flora, fauna and ancient culture

Agua Blanca is located inside Machalilla National Park, near Puerto López. Observe the pre-Columbian ruins that form an ancient solar calendar. What makes Machalilla National Park truly unique is that it’s home to the only dry tropical forest in the world. In the marine part of the park, it’s also possible to see whales that return to the coast of Ecuador every year from the Antarctic.  

Practical information

  • Language: English. 

  • Remarks/requirements: Lightweight clothing which includes long pants and long sleeved shirt, sunblock, sunglasses, hat, insect repellent (it is a must), comfortable walking shoes, camera.

  • Walking information: Distance: 2500 metes / Terrain: Uneven, steep surfaces and steps.

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.

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