Walking at Isla de la Plata




Long hike – 4h15. Short Hike – 2h15. No Hike - 2h15


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Spend time on Isla de la Plata, or the Island of Silver, where legend says that hundreds of tons of silver and gold were hidden and never recovered by Sir Francis Drake. Hike across the spectacular island, compared to the Galapagos Islands for its fauna, making it ideal for bird-watching and snorkelling.
  • Discover the island where the legends says that tons of silver and gold were hidden by Sir Francis Drake.

  • Visit the island where it is possible to find many of the same bird species than Gapapagos Islands.

  • Visit an area that is well known for its bird watching potential, there is a large diversity of bird species.

  • Observe a unique ecosystem.

Isla de la Plata (Silver Island) was named at the end of the 16th century when Francis Drake ostensibly robbed the treasure from Spanish ships and hid it on the island. According to legend, much of this treasure was never claimed and is still hidden somewhere on the island.  

Nature’s treasure hike Isla de la Plata, the Island of silver, is where Sir Francis Drake hid a large treasure. According to legend, it was never found. The wildlife is a treasure you’ll find truly remarkable. Plata is one of Ecuador's most prominent sites for bird watching and eco-tourism. Marine birds such as the Blue Footed- and Red-Footed- and Masked Boobies, frigate birds, pelicans, Tropical birds and more. Plata is ideal for bird-watching and snorkelling. According to legend Sir Francis Drake hid a treasure here. The treasure was never found. We can’t promise that you see gold or silver treasures here, but we can promise that you’ll see many rare species here. Today our hike will start next to the Visitor’s Center. The center has a simple display about the natural and geological history of the island. Our hike then takes us up 175 steps to reach one of the highest point of the island and where the reward at the top is a treat: a beautiful view surrounded by cliffs and open sea where dolphins and hammerhead sharks may be seen with a little bit of luck!

Practical information

Practical information: 

  • Language: English.

  • Remarks/requirements: Lightweight clothing which includes long pants and long sleeved shirt. 

  • Walking information:  Long hikers: distance: 5100 mts - terrain: uneven, irregular, quite sandy. Short hikers: distance: 1500 mts - terrain: uneven, irregular, quite sandy. No hikers: distance: 300 mts - terrain: uneven, irregular, quite sandy 

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.

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