Machalilla National Park


9.5 hours approx.

Timing is adaptable to travelers’ needs (Cruise ship schedules)


Easy to Moderate


From 79 USD per person

About this tour

With this day tour from Manta, step into the mysteries of the past at Machalilla National Park, a coastal wonderland and one of Ecuador’s largest national parks. Explore ancient tombs and artifacts from cultures long gone. Take a dip in the park’s legendary sulfur springs, where mineral-rich muds are renowned for their healing properties. Savor a hearty typical Ecuadorian lunch of fresh-caught fish with rice or comforting chicken stew. Finally, end your adventure relaxing on one of South America’s most beautiful white-sand beaches in Los Frailes.

At Machalilla National Park, immerse yourself in Ecuador’s natural and cultural splendor. Whether you’re intrigued by archeology, want to experience traditional sulfur springs, love wildlife, or just need a gorgeous beach escape, Machalilla offers an unforgettable experience.

What´s Included

  • All entrance and activities fees
  • Cruise Terminal / Hotel pick up and drop off (You would have to take the free shuttle bus to Cruise Terminal)
  • Professional Local Guide Spanish/English (German and French with extra cost)
  • Lunch
  • Transportation with air conditioning.


  • If you cancel at least 7 calendar days in advance, there is no cancellation fee
  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 calendar days in advance, you will be charged a 50% cancellation fee
  • If you cancel within 2 calendar days in advance, you will be charged a 100% cancellation fee
  • For cruise ship travelers: If the ship doesn´t dock due to inclement weather conditions, political matters, or covid-19 related reasons, there is no cancellation fee

The itinerary

Archaeological Site

Embark on an unforgettable coastal journey along the stunning Ruta del Spondylus, a scenic highway hugging Ecuador’s coastline. Our first stop is Machalilla National Park, home to the fascinating indigenous village of Agua Blanca. Here, community members live amongst ancient archeological ruins. Tour the village museum and tombs to glimpse Ecuador’s mysterious past. Then a local nature guide will lead us on an easy 1h15m* walk to spot the colorful tropical birds that call this coast home.

*You can skip the walk and hop on the vehicle for the next part of the tour

Feed your soul in the Sulfur Spring

Your easy coastal walk culminates at a hidden oasis – a large natural sulfur spring tucked away in the heart of Machalilla National Park. As you arrive, the mineral-rich aromas beckon you in for a relaxing soak. Ease into the warm, therapeutic waters and feel the rejuvenating benefits as you unwind. This secluded swimming hole offers the perfect way to refresh after your walk and further connect with Ecuador’s natural splendor. Let the soothing springs wash away your worries. Recharge in these special waters that have been treasured for their healing properties since ancient times. Feed your soul in this tranquil setting before continuing on your coastal journey. This magical sulfur spring is one of Machalilla’s many natural treasures waiting to be discovered.

Taste the typical Ecuadorian lunch

Have a taste of the local food, with a typical Ecuadorian lunch. The menu can be variable but always traditional.

Lay down on White Sand

Next, we’ll visit the postcard-worthy Los Frailes Beach, renowned as one of Ecuador’s most beautiful. Take a scenic 20-minute walk up to the lookout for panoramic views of vibrant blue waters set against a backdrop of verdant forests. Spot humpback whales frolicking offshore during their annual migration. Or simply claim your own plot of paradise on the beach. Sink your toes into the soft white sand. Take a refreshing dip in the cool Pacific waters. Lay back and soak up the sunny seaside vibes.

With a seemingly endless stretch of pristine shoreline, Los Frailes Beach offers the quintessential Pacific beach escape. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the amazing natural beauty of Ecuador’s coast.

Do you need more information?

We can adapt this itinerary to your needs. Contact us!

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Cdla. Barbasquillo 130802
Manta – Ecuador
Phone: +593 995 376 249

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