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“Machalilla Tours”
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Isla de la Plata
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Day Trip to Puerto Lopez and Isla de la Plata from Guayaquil
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Owner description: Located only 17 miles off the coast of Ecuador, this island is encircled by many reefs that make it a popular destination for scuba divers and snorkelers.
Reviewed February 28, 2014

Machalilla Tours Company: well organized, fast boat, ok lunch (Vegetarian option available too), soda but only one gallon of water for 16 people (what??), $37.50 each (after negotiating)

Our guide was ok and spoke good English but was EXTREMELY boring. Also, the guide had us stop in the blazing sun (it was over 90 degrees out) over and over again for rest stops every three or four minutes. It would have been hilarious how often she had us stop if we weren't DYING from the heat. Seriously, I know there was a bunch of fat Americans in the group (myself included) but COME ON! I would have realllllly preferred to have done the hike without the guide. Also, it would have been nice to have been able to pick our own path (the guide took us on part of the red path and part of the yellow, I think). We didn't get to see any Frigate birds and only about seven blue footed boobies up close. We weren't disappointed though with the Boobies! As for the snorkeling, they give you an hour but we were all out of the water after 15 minutes because we ALL got jellyfish stings (mine is about seven inches long)and because THERE'S NOTHING TO SEE. It's just a bunch of dead coral. Plus, the water is really dirty.

The tour left at 10am (although we were told to arrive at 9:20) and we came back to Puerto Lopez at 4pm. Overall, it was a good day!

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Reviewed February 7, 2014

We took a 6 hour tour of Isla de la Plata, organised through our hostel, Itapoa, but actually with Machalilla Tours company. We had an excellent guide who explained a great deal about the Blue Footed Boobies and the Frigate birds as we took one of the shorter walking routes (the Blue route). We then went snorkelling in one of the small bays on the eastern side of the island and were able to look at the coral reef, as well as seeing rays, sharks, eels, tortoises and many beautiful fish.
Our guide told us that there is more activity from June onwards as the birds will be mating and the whales come to breed near Isla de la Plata. He could speak good English and was happy to answer all sorts of questions about the birds, rainfall and guano!
We would highly recommend visiting Isla de la Plata, but it sounds like the experience is even better in June through to September.

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Reviewed January 9, 2014

One of the nest places for bird watching specially to observe the famous ones called BOBBIES.. some people relate this paradise with the galapagos islands but it is not the same because this Island is nota volcanic origin one.
to get there it is necessary to take a tour in mainland.

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

The ~90 mins boat ride to and back from the island was very rough, but the walking tour on the island was well worth it. We split the group into 2 - one walked the blue route and I joined the purple route. It's a lot of walking including climbing 175 steps, so wear comfortable shoes. We visited right after Christmas and saw many baby boobies, and the view over the cliff was amazing. The tour ended with snorking around the boat in the bay. The island is very clean and no garbage is allowed.

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Reviewed December 31, 2013

In Puerto Lopez, a 4 hour bus ride from Guayaquil is a chance to see some of the world famous Galapagos Island animals for a fraction of the price. The posted price is $40 and the trip runs from 10 am to about 5:30 pm that includes a light lunch and coke (without the rum) and two tour guides. The boat held 16 tourist, 2 tour guides, and a two person boat crew. There are about 8 to 10 boats a day that take people to the island so you are in good shape to get a ride. This also helps keep a control on the number of persons on the island on any one day.
Keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Here we did see a lot of the Blue Footed Boobies (it was nesting season so new babies were just being hatched and birds were guarding their egg), some sea turtles, and got a chance to do some snorkeling only allowed in two spots around the island. Now, that part was not so good, but the swim was cool and refreshing. The boat supplies facemasks and snorkels but no fins. You do need a good pair of walking shoes, sunscreen, hat and water bottle.

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