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“A Unique Experience!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Agua Blanca

Agua Blanca
Machalilla National Park, Ecuador
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Antlers, Oklahoma
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“A Unique Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We hired a motor taxi to take us from Puerto Lopez to Agua Blanca. We toured the museum which was very interesting and we learned about the Manta people's culture then we went to the sulfur laguna and swam and enjoyed the wonderful feeling water and mineral mud. The facilities were nice for being in such a remote place. This is an experience to remember!

Visited December 2013
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7 attraction reviews
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“No big deal”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

The museum is the highlight to this place, very interesting and nice museum... we did not like the park, we want to make the trials by our selves since the entrance they suggest a guide, and later when we ask where is the "laguna sulfurosa" (sulfur pool).. they told us ask a guide, when i insist we didn't want a guide they wait a few minutes just to point us the road to that place... if you dont want a guide they are no to helpful.

Visited August 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Educational and Relaxing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Very nice, small museum with bi-lingual guides explaining the history and culture of Ecuador over various periods of time. Take a nice walk/hike through the Park seeing various plants and wildlife, then cover yourself in mud and bathe in the relaxing sulfuric waters in the park. Cool and different, the Park offers a little of everything.

Visited January 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“One of the highlights of our visit to Machalilla Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Visiting the small museum in Agua Blanca sheds light on the ancient culture of the Manta people who still inhabit the area. Walking through the tropical forest with a guide is a real treat as you spot owls, hummingbirds, insects, termite nests, and ford streams until you reach the oasis of the "agua blanca", where you coat yourself in mud before a dip in the soft sulpher water, before heading back to the starting point.

Visited March 2013
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Quito, Ecuador
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“Natural beauty, early Ecuadorean culture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

Agua Blanca, located in the Machallila National Park near Puerto Lopez, is a unique attraction well worth visiting. It's a living community comprised of approx. 72 families with 300 people total. The original settlers there were the Montana Cultura, from 800 - 1532 AD. You'll find a lovely small museum filled with arqueological artefacts that have been discovered on the site, and you'll be guided through the museum by a local guide - tours are in Spanish, so a little knowledge of the language is helpful, although not absolutely necessary, to appreciate the workmanship of these early craftsmen. The burial pots, complete with skeletons, are real eye-openers. Photos are permitted, so be sure to take your camera. Following the museum tour is a hike through the area - the guide will tell you it's 20 minutes, but it's really closer to 1-1/2 hours. You'll walk along the river to the sulphur spring and the guide will point out the natural elements still used by the community, such as a soap shrub - they wash their clothes in the sulphur water, but the soap totally removes the smell. After the spring you walk up to a mirador where you have a view of the entire area, which is fairly breath-taking. The path is excellent for walking, and anyone in decent condition can comfortably make the hike.You'll encounter a large number of goats during the walk - most are tame, friendly and curious, and love to pose for photos. Be sure and carry water with you - it's hot on the coast!

Next door to the museum is a small open-air market where members of the community sell jewelry, handicrafts, and the locally ubiquitous Palo Santo, both in wood and oil form. This is widely used to dispel mosquitos, and is also believed to relieve arthritis - it makes a great gift to take home. Prices are very low, so try to part with a few dollars to help support the community. There is also a restaurant on site. and you can arrange for horseback riding - we didn't do this, so I can't comment.

If you're visiting the coast, take a few hours away from the beach to visit Agua Blanca - you'll thoroughly enjoy it! Any cab from Puerto Lopez can take you there - it's about a 10 minute drive from town.

Visited March 2012
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