Machalilla National Park: Agua Blanca and Los Frailes Beach

6 Hours
Private Activity
Moderate
Cruise Friendly

From (USD) $362 Per Person (Based on 2)

Machalilla National Park: Agua Blanca and Los Frailes Beach

6 Hours
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Moderate
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From (USD) $362 Per Person (Based on 2)

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      Machalilla National Park: Agua Blanca and Los Frailes Beach

      Manta, Ecuador
      From (USD) $362 Per Person (Based on 2)
      Highlights
      • Route to the Sun: A coastal highway that highlights the diversity of this land, passing through barren deserts, lush forests and small fishing villages.
      • Agua Blanca: The last remaining outpost of the ancient Manteno civilization, a society of skilled artisans and traders who lived here over a thousand years ago.
      • Los Frailes Beach: Widely considered one of Ecuador's most gorgeous beaches, known for its dramatic crescent shape, white sands, and calm, warm waters.
      About This Manta Tour

      For over a thousand years, the Manteno civilization of the Manabi region thrived in these lands. These people were known for their craftsmanship, and upon setting foot into the small village of Agua Blanca you'll see firsthand why they gained the reputation.

      The villagers here are the last remnants of pre-Columbian society, before the Spanish Empire reached South American shores and claimed the land. These people live a tranquil, undisturbed lifestyle based around the tight bond that they all share as descendants of one of the most important civilizations to walk the earth.

      It's not just the history that grabs your eye here: The park itself is one of the most diverse eco-systems in the continent, home to teeming rainforests, expansive deserts and oceanside cliffs. There's a chance you'll catch a glimpse of one of the colorful species of native birds, which include albatrosses, pelicans and boobies.

      The park's crown jewel is the gorgeous remote beach at Los Frailes. The calm waves here lap gently at the smooth white sand, and the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean's blue majesty are tough to beat. Located at the edge of a protected park, this beach is free from the hustle and bustle of some of South America's more popular beachfront areas.

      As your tour winds down, take some time to relax for a moment as you look out on the water. You'll come to understand, as the ancients did, that the gift of the protected land here is just one of the shared treasures linking modern society to our ancestors from thousands of years past.

      Robbing history

      Scientists agree that Pre-Columbian cultures in and around Ecuador were responsible for some of the most sophisticated gold and silver metalwork seen up to that point in history. Unfortunately, frequent looting of ancient tombs by treasure hunters has made it difficult for historians to learn about these crafts. In the late 1960s, these grave diggers were so brazen that they employed a bulldozer to dig up massive trenches around areas that they believed held buried treasure.

      Getting prepared
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      Great photo opportunities Great photo opportunities
      Wear sunscreen Wear sunscreen
      Bring passport Bring passport
      Swim wear Swim wear
      Wear Sunglasses Wear Sunglasses
      Wear comfortable shoes Wear comfortable shoes
      Head covering Head covering
      Cancellation policy

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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