Ocean Raptures 4D/3N  Mandala Option

Ocean Raptures 4D/3N Mandala Option


4 Days 3 Nights Galapagos Islands

The Pacific Coast of Ecuador is a dramatic place that belongs on the itinerary of every trip to Ecuador. Sun-drenched, rocky coastlines are punctuated by tranquil sandy beaches where fishing boats are moored just offshore. Rare tropical dry forests grow on the hillsides, and local restaurants beckon with fresh seafood. On this tour, you will … Continued

WHAT TO EXPECT

We will get the chance to relish the fruits of the sea at a local restaurant before learning about a local coastal culture that dates back more than a thousand years at the Salango Museum. After a night in the Dry Forest Lodge, you will take a boat to the scenic Isla de Plata where you have the chance to hike near colonies of nesting Blue-footed Boobies and other seabirds. You can also snorkel in the tropical waters around this island that is often referred to as a miniature Galapagos Island. After another night back at the Dry Forest Lodge, we will visit the beautiful Los Frailes beach for snorkeling and swimming in the warm waters before flying back to Quito in the afternoon.

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Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1 : Manta (or Guayaquil) – Puerto Lopez


Private transportation from Manta (or Guayaquil) to Puerto Lopez
Today we will take you to the Salango Museum where you can get a better idea of the historic importance of this region in the pre Hispanic era. Here you can see the remains of a number of local cultures that played an important role in the chain of coastal towns that dominated the region a thousand years ago. The Señorío de Salangome (the present community of Agua Blanca) was the most important in the region stretching well to the North even to the present province of Esmeraldas.

Lunch included
 
Night at the Hosteria Mandala (Standard room)

Day 2 : Puerto Lopez – Isla de la Plata

 
Isla de la Plata

After a healthy breakfast we will leave for a full day visit to Isla de la Plata, often referred to as a Galapagos in miniature, where you will be able to see much of the same wildlife, blue footed boobies, marine iguanas etc. that can be seen on the famous islands themselves. Here you can walk on trails and explore the Island where Admiral Francis Drake is supposed to have hidden a treasure of silver. You can look for it if you like. Another more fruitful option is snorkelling or just swimming in the warm water of the Pacific.

A hearty box lunch is included. Later we sail back to Puerto López and return to the hotel, for a meal, some good conversation.

(**Whale Watching: available from June to August)

 
Night at the Hosteria Mandala (Standard room)
 

Day 3 : Puerto Lopez

 
Panama Hats

After breakfast, we we will visit the town of Montecristi, where the world renowned ´Panama´ hats are actually made, and where the country´s constitution was written. The town is also the birth place of one of Ecuador´s most famous Presidents, Eloy Alfaro, the leader of the country´s liberal revolution at the end of the eighteenth century and a celebrated moderniser.

 

For lunch you will be able to enjoy a delicious sea food meal, made with delightfully fresh sea food.
 

Half Day Agua Blanca Museum

Agua Blanca is a private community within Machalilla National Park hosting remains of one of the most ancient civilizations in South America, the Monteño, along with trails and a sulfur lagoon.

The trailhead to your right immediately after the main gate takes you through a 5km trail along the riverbed and ends before the museum.

From the museum, a guide will take through a short nature trail with a couple of river crossings. Since it’s also an easy, flat trail it’s recommended you wear sandals. At the end of this trail is the sulfur lagoon. You’re encouraged to jump in, so bring your swimwear. Mud is routinely collected from the bottom of this pool so guests can apply their own facial mud masks.

 

Night at the Hosteria Mandala (Standard room)
 

Day 4 : Puerto Lopez – Manta (or Guayaquil)

Los Frailes beach

Today we will visit the beach at Los Frailes reputed to be one of Ecuador´s most beautiful beaches where you will be able to snorkel, swim in the Pacific ocean, or just relax and enjoy the beauty of your surroundings. After lunch we will leave for the city of Manta and the return flight to Quito.

Lunch included.

Private transportation  from Puerto Lopez to Manta (or Guayaquil)

Hiking

Wonders of Galapagos

$1,237

price per person

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