The Andean Condor

Puerto Lopez - Agua Blanca – Nature & Archeology

Agua Blanca is a nature area inside Machalilla National Park. Here, guests can explore their surroundings and learn about the ancient cultures that lived in this area of Ecuador.

Included in your cruise
  • Discover an ancestral region immersed in a National Park.
  • Observe the area’s surprising flora and fauna.
  • Walk the trails among the sound of howler monkeys and different bird species.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 3: Medium

  • Duration

    3h30

  • Max. passengers

    500

  • Booking Code

    INCL-LLD1

  • Notices

    We recommend lightweight clothing, including long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, sunblock, sunglasses, hat, insect repellent (VERY IMPORTANT), comfortable walking shoes, and a camera.

We set off for our excursion from the port on a comfortable bus to Agua Blanca, a small community situated approximately 6.2 miles from Puerto López in Machalilla National Park.

When we reach Agua Blanca, we will visit the town and its surroundings. Here, you may be able to see vestiges from the ancient pre-Columbian civilizations that settled in this area. The ruins there form a sort of solar calendar once used to hold ceremonies on the summer and winter solstice.

After visiting the town and archeological area, we will explore Machalilla National Park, which spans 136,000 acres in the Manabí province. This unique park is home to the only dry tropical forest in the world. As we pass through the park, see the mangroves, cactus, and cotton plants, as well as unique local fauna. In the marine part of the park, you may see the whales that return to the Ecuadorian coast from the Antarctic every year.

Inside the park, we will also visit a small village inhabited by the descendants of the Manteña culture, who still live as their ancestors did, thanks to the proceeds from the community-based tourism project. The inhabitants of the village are proud to show us their lifestyle and customs, which also include shared use of the land. After this visit, head back to the port in Puerto Lopez to take the zodiac back to the ship.

Practical information:

  • Language: English.
  • Remarks/requirements: We recommend lightweight clothing, including long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, sunblock, sunglasses, hat, insect repellent (VERY IMPORTANT), comfortable walking shoes, and a camera.

  • Walking information: Distance: 1.6 miles / Terrain: Uneven, steep surfaces and steps

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.