Playa Negra and La Tortuga de Los Frailes
It is located to the south of the village of Machalilla and 12 km to the north of Puerto López.
It covers approximately 3 km from Punta Cabuya up to Punta Los Frailes.
Its average temperature is 27 degrees Celcius.
In its surrounding areas you can find dolphins, pelicans, hawks, white cranes, seagulls, snails, crabs and fish, among others.
Local plants include: rastreras, manzanillo, muyuyo, palosanto, barbasco, cactus, papayo, chapuca, ocean pechiche, arrayan or realito, ocean verdolaga and tunas, among others.
The lovers of ecotourism and nature can take the longer route, which snakes its way through a dry forest of with bottle-shaped trees with thick spines and long and thin cacti. There are also rock formations, lookout points, small bays and islands. This path crosses two beaches:
• Playita Negra, a small bay which is named for the color of its sand.
• "La Tortuguita" Beach, with clear, light green colored waters.
Once you have boarded your boat, the tour lasts all day, allowing you to enjoy some birdwatching of species such as frigates and blue-footed boobies, as well as diving in the Island’s marine territory. Between June and August, our tour operators can offer you our most famous eco-tourism attraction – the chance to watch humpback whales, which come to mate along the Ecuadorian coastline. This is one of the major tourism attraction of Parque Nacional Machalilla. Goggling-lovers will gaze in wonder at the coral reefs around Isla de la Plata and neighbouring islands Salango and El Ahorcado (The Hanged Man), as well as nearby islets and rocks.