Pacoche Wildlife Refuge


4.5 hours approx.

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


Moderate to Strenuous (If walking the entire forest trail)


From 55 USD per person

About this tour

Welcome to the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge, a hidden gem on Ecuador’s Pacific coast only 30 minutes from Manta. Home to a surprising array of wildlife and natural beauty.

On this half-day shore excursion from Manta, we invite you to discover the wonders of this ecological paradise. As we traverse the trails and sandy beaches of the refuge, keep your eyes peeled for the many species of birds, reptiles, and mammals that call this place home. You may spot majestic frigatebirds soaring high above, blue-footed boobies nesting on the side of the cliffs, or tiny hummingbirds fluttering from flower to flower.

We’ll cruise through a dry river creek, where you might see howler monkeys or the more elusive capuchin monkey playing in the treetops. The wildlife viewing opportunities are endless here. For natural scenery, you’ll be hard-pressed to beat the views of the Pacific Ocean’s rolling hills, beaches, and blue waters.

By the end of the tour, you’ll understand why Pacoche deserves to be recognized as one of the most biologically important areas of coastal Ecuador. Join us for an unforgettable adventure discovering nature and wildlife in this hidden coastal gem.

What´s Included

  • All activities described
  • 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 speaking) prices may vary for French and German guiding
  • *Does not include gratuities and lunch

Cancellation policy

  • 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

Evergreen Forest Trail

We will take you from Manta to the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge, which is situated 300 meters above sea level and boasts a scenic route. During the mid-year dry season, you can observe the striking transformation of the vegetation from dry gray to lush green, making for a remarkable sight.

Here, you’ll embark on an incredible 1.5-hour walk through the forest with a knowledgeable nature guide and your English-speaking tour guide. Marvel at the exotic flora and fauna, including incredible wildlife like howler monkeys, and learn about the refuge’s unique ecosystem.

*The second half of the trail is not recommended for people with mobility problems

Lighthouse Path

Afterward is a great time to explore the coastal protected area. Our itinerary includes a trip to Cape San Lorenzo and a beautiful strand of beach, a crucial nesting site for endangered sea turtle species.

After this informative visit, we’ll hike up the hill along the lighthouse path and take some rest at the roofed viewpoints. From these spots, we can enjoy breathtaking views of the surroundings and witness seabirds flying around or, if we are lucky, admire blue-footed boobies resting on the cliffside. From June to September, we might even spot humpback whales breaching in the Pacific Ocean.

Ecuador’s Coastal Gastronomy

Indulge in a well-deserved lunch at a family-owned coastal restaurant with ocean views. Relax and soak in the serene atmosphere while savoring the delicious flavors of the local cuisine.

By the end of this half day shore excursion departing from Manta, you’ll understand why Pacoche deserves to be recognized as one of the most biologically important areas of coastal Ecuador.

*This lunch stop is optional.

Do you need more information?

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

See related excursion:

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

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