Head to the coast for a seven-day Ecuadorian exploration of culture, wildlife, and natural wonders. Learn about the port city of Manta’s local fishing traditions, visit the Indigenous community of Agua Blanca (and soak in its therapeutic mud baths), then embark on a full-day trip to Isla del Plata to spot sea birds like blue-footed boobies and maybe even migrating whales if you’re visiting from June to October. Your itinerary starts and ends in Quito so you can take time to explore Ecuador’s lively capital.
Arrive at any time.
Take an early morning flight to Manta. Located on Ecuador’s central coast, Manta is port city known for its fishing industry. Get familiarized with this bustling city with a guided tour of the Cancebi Museum and Tagua workshop, and a visit to Montecristi.
Travel to Puerto Lopez. On the way, visit the Agua Blanca Community. Hike, check out the museum and take a mud bath. Enjoy lunch in the community before continuing to Puerto Lopez. Enjoy free time on arrival.
Embark on a day-trip to Isla del Plata, home to a variety of seabirds including blue-footed boobies and fantastic snorkelling that rivals the Galpagos.
Enjoy free time to explore. Optional activities include hiking in Machalilla National Park, relaxing on white-sand beaches, or whale- watching (when in season).
Transfer to Guayaquil and fly back to Quito. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own. Options include taking a city tour, riding the cable car up the nearby volcano, or relaxing in one of the city’s many cafs and restaurants. This evening, opt to enjoy a night out on the town with the group.
Depart at any time.