Machalilla National Park
Located in the province of Manabi. Within the extension of 55,095 hectares, we have a diverse flora and fauna and archeological sites from cultures that date back to 3,000 BC like the Machalilla and Manteña.
Among the plant species in the park we have St. John's
bread, balsa, ceibos, guayacan, laurel, strangler figs, holy tree,
tuna and some orchids and bromeliads. The fauna includes deer, howler
monkeys and "micos". The migration of the humpback whales from June
to September is very important to the region. Also, in the area of
the park is Isla de la Plata. Many of the animals found on the Galapagos
can be found here giving the islands the nickname the "poor man's
Located in the province of Guayas, it extends over 49,984
hectares with an altitudinal range between 600 and 900 m. It is one
of the largest mangrove protected areas, the vegetation of the area
is varied, with mangroves, wetlands and tropical forest. Thanks to
the influence of the tides and of the rivers of the zone, the area
is partially flooded. Man is the greatest risk for the future conservation
of the area.
This reserve is one of the most recently created, in August
of 1996. It has a surface area of 70,000 ha and is one of the last
zones found in the wet tropical forest of the Ecuadorian Coast. In
this type of forest you can find a high index of endemism. The reserve
takes its name form the two small mountain ranges that form the reserve.
Here we find plant species that are new to science like the Cinnamomum
and Matayba. The reserve offers exotic places to visit, created by
the rivers and the little virgin forest that remains.