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Ecuador & Galapagos Islands: Pacific coast

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The northern Pacific lowlands of Ecuador have a gentle landscape of tropical agriculture, forest and warm-water bays. The developing tourist infrastructure is yielding a wide range of things to do, from whale watching to exploring pre-Columbian ruins, and diving and snorkelling at the coral reef around Isla de la Plata where the bird and animal life ― which includes colonies of waved albatrosses, frigate birds, boobies and sea-lions ― is not afraid of human proximity. Los Frailes beach is one of the loveliest on the coast.

Nearby is Machalilla National Park, which embraces and protects the tropical dry forest.

Our holidays to Pacific coast

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breakfast onboard Silversea cruise

Culinary cruise along the Humboldt Current - 23 Oct 2017

Private journey

18 days from £5,771pp

Palm tree in San Blas Islands

Panama Canal and tropical rainforest expedition cruise - 21 Oct 2016, 15 Oct 2017

Private journey

12 days from £4,139pp

Tailor-made holidays

We specialise in creating bespoke holidays designed according to your specific requirements.

Our tailor-made holiday service includes:

  • • A dedicated and friendly specialist to guide you through the planning process
  • • Our unrivalled knowledge of the region based on over 36 years' of expertise
  • • Access to the widest range of accommodation and activity options
  • • Your perfect itinerary, crafted exclusively for you

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Things to do in Pacific coast

Humpback whale

Whale watching in Ecuador

Panama hat worker

Visit the birthplace of the Panama hat


Marine reserve

Visit Isla de la Plata

What our experts say

The Pacific coast of Ecuador is much less visited than other parts of the country. Having been there, I can’t understand why! If you have limited time and can't make it to the Galápagos, I  recommend a visit to Isla de La Plata, home to blue-footed, red-footed and Nasca boobies and sea lions. It’s just a short boat ride from Puerto Lopez. Get to the port early to see the morning fish market on the beach. The setting is stunning and the beaches are framed by prominent cliffs: Los Frailes is a great place to spend an afternoon; it's a stone’s throw away.

Alex Walker

Alexandra Walker

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