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National Parks and Reserves in Ecuador
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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 Galapagos."

Manglares-Churute Ecological Reserve
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.

Mache-Chindul Ecological Reserve
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.

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