A rocky island in the middle of a body of water

Walking the Isla de la Plata

Spend time on Isla de la Plata (‘Silver Island’). Legend has it that hundreds of tons of silver and gold were hidden here and never recovered by Sir Francis Drake. Hike across the spectacular island, whose fauna has earned it comparisons to the Galápagos Islands, making it ideal for bird-watching and snorkeling.

Included in your cruise
  • Discover the island where legend has it that Sir Francis Drake hid tons of silver and gold.
  • Visit the island, where you can find many of the same bird species as the Galápagos Islands.
  • Visit an area that is well-known among birdwatchers for its large diversity of bird species.
  • Observe a unique ecosystem.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 4: Hard

  • Duration

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

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  • Notices

    Lightweight clothing, including long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.

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

At Isla de la Plata, you can see many of the same species found on the much pricier and more distant Galápagos Islands. The land area is considered one of the most important sites for birdwatching in Ecuador. Isla de la Plata is an important eco-tourism destination, as it features marine birds such as the blue, red footed and masked boobies, frigate birds, pelicans, tropical birds and more.

Today, our hike starts next to the Visitor’s Center. The Center has a simple display about the natural and geological history of the island. Our hike takes us up 175 steps to one of the highest points of the island. The reward: beautiful views of the surrounding cliffs and open sea, where with a bit of luck, dolphins and hammerhead sharks may be seen!

Practical information:

  • Language: English.

  • Remarks/requirements: Lightweight clothing, including long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.

  • Walking information:
    Long hike - distance: 3.2 miles - terrain: uneven, irregular, quite sandy
    Short hike - distance: 1 mile - terrain: uneven, irregular, quite sandy
    No hike - distance: 330 yards - terrain: uneven, irregular, quite sandy

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.