Isla De La Plata

7 Hours

Isla de la Plata is a small island located off the coast of Ecuador, near the town of Puerto Lopez. The island is part of the Machalilla National Park, a protected area known for its diverse ecosystems and unique wildlife. Isla de la Plata is sometimes referred to as the “Poor Man’s Galapagos” due to its similarities to the famous Galapagos Islands.

The island is home to a wide variety of marine life, including humpback whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and sharks. Visitors can take guided tours to snorkel and scuba dive around the island to observe the underwater wildlife. Isla de la Plata is also home to several species of birds, including blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and albatrosses. Visitors can take guided hikes around the island to observe these birds in their natural habitat.

Machalilla National Park, which includes Isla de la Plata, is known for its pristine beaches, rugged cliffs, and diverse flora and fauna. The park is home to several endangered species, including the Pacific green sea turtle and the South American sea lion. Visitors can explore the park’s natural wonders by taking guided hikes, horseback rides, or boat tours. The park also offers opportunities for camping, birdwatching, and surfing. Overall, Machalilla National Park and Isla de la Plata offer a unique and unforgettable experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.


$65 per person

from Montañita $70 per person


Discover a hidden gem off the coast of Ecuador with Isla de la Plata! Also known as the “Poor Man’s Galapagos,” this island boasts diverse marine life, stunning beaches, and a variety of bird species, including blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds. A true paradise for nature enthusiasts


Departure from Puerto Lopez: The tour starts early in the morning with a pickup from your hotel in Puerto Lopez, where you will meet your tour guide and board the boat for Isla de la Plata.

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving: The crystal-clear waters surrounding Isla de la Plata are perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. Visitors can observe the diverse marine life, such as sea turtles, sharks, and colorful fish.

Guided Hike: A guided hike around the island is one of the main attractions of the tour. Visitors can observe the bird species, including blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and albatrosses. The hike also offers stunning views of the ocean and the island's rugged terrain.

Lunch on the Island: After the hike, visitors can enjoy a delicious lunch on the island, prepared by the tour guides.

Whale Watching: Between June and September, visitors have the opportunity to spot humpback whales during their annual migration to the warmer waters of the Ecuadorian coast.

Beach Time: After lunch, visitors can relax on the island's beautiful beaches and soak up the sun.

Return to Puerto Lopez: In the late afternoon, visitors return to Puerto Lopez, where the tour ends with a drop-off at their hotel.


What´s Included

  • Seat on the Boat and safety jackets
  • Guides
  • Meals and snacks
  • Guided walk

What´s not included

  • Tips
  • Accommodation

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Isla De La Plata