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Churute Mangroves Ecological Reserve

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Address: Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Great trip, but beware the mosquitos

We took this trip before our flight to Lima. To give us enough time the guide picked us up from the hotel at 7:30 and returned us at 3:00 to catch our flight. The trip was not... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Kath00000007
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took this trip before our flight to Lima. To give us enough time the guide picked us up from the hotel at 7:30 and returned us at 3:00 to catch our flight. The trip was not cheap, at $100 each, but worth every penny. We had a short stop at a rice field to see some varieties of birds... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Churute Ecological Reserve is located in the canton Naranjal, it has a wide variety of animals, plants, and thousands of acres, full of mangrove Churute there are three roads to churute . Admission is free and the tour could last 3 hours. Most importantly, you must wear with comfortable clothes and ready to explore nature. Crab is the the most... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

We did this as part of a tour so had a guide. They knew where to go as we saw the usually hard-to-find horned screamers, spider and howler monkeys, spoonbills, ibises, herons, and raptors. We had insect resistant clothing and mosquitos weren't bad but we sprayed our exposed skin anyway.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Fernando and his daughter Mafy were our guides. We had a lovely time traveling along the water on a motorized canoe and saw beautiful birds along the way. It was hot but the movement in the canoe cooled us off. Then we hiked through the Forest looking for monkeys. What we found were two hours of mosquitoes (luckily we were... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

Nice contact with nature, but since we came by our own to this natural park without booking the visit, no guide was available and we can't visit the inner part of it. You need a car or a motorcycle because you have to move about 16 km to the dock... It is better to plan the trip some months before.

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Germantown, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We took a tour of the reserve with Eddie (Guayaquil, A Guided Visit). He explained the difference between the mangrove trees and we saw a plethora of different birds on our canoe ride. We also hiked through the howler monkey trail (thanks to Eddie we had hats with mosquito nets to protect our faces from mosquito bites and changed into... More 

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We took a tour ($90 per person) with an English speaking guide. This included bus to / from the Mangroves, interpretation of the park guide, 30 minute boat ride through the Mangroves, a guided walk intrepreted by our guide of the howling monkey jungle. You must have the park guide which only speaks Spanish. He provided a very interesing informaiton... More 

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Iquitos, Peru
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56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

An important area of semi-protected mangroves, Churute Mangroves Ecological Reserve is worth the effort to see. The wildlife rivals the parts of Florida not yet destroyed by development, with Howler monkeys, American crocodiles, bird species beyond count, and of course both the red and black mangrove stands themselves. Hire a guide and float the estuaries. You will not be disappointed.

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Budapest, Hungary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We did quite a bit of research on this trip, but came up with little information. The tourism office in Guayaquil is useless. We were finally directed to a travel agency, which was a mistake. We paid $247 for two of us for a "full day" Mangrove and Dolphin Tour. We were picked up at 7:30 am, then drove for... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Required birding visit South of Guayaquil and an easy stop on the way to Buenaventura Reserve. We saw the Horned Screamer, Jet Antbird and Pacific Royal Flycatcher here so we had a wonderful start to our 18 day birding trip covering Southern Ecuador. Several trails plus birding from the road was good too.

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