Mantaraya Lodge provides a relaxed and comfortable lodge to explore western Ecuador’s tropical dry forest and coastal waters. Enjoy the coastal forests, culture, and beaches of Machalilla National Park. Here you have your choice from a variety of activities, including snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, birdwatching, relaxing, whale watching, and cultural activities.

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Puerto Lopez

Puerto Lopez

Explore the fantastic forests of Machalilla National Park and the coastline of beaches for excellent walking, snorkeling, diving and horse riding. A great place for nature lovers and birdwatching, the surrounding forest has a very high number of endemic species.

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Ecuador contains a record breaking diversity of animals and plants, and is a fantastic vacation option for nature lovers. Ecuador contains a significant portion of Amazon Rainforest where you can enjoy some of the best lodges in Amazonia. From these lodges, you will head out on guided nature tours to find Amazonian animals and plants. Continue to Amazon Rainforest Tours >>

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a world famous archipelago off the coast of Ecuador home to an impressive diversity of animals found nowhere else on Earth. Species include the Galapagos giant tortoises, marine and land iguanas, seals, and a fantastic assemblage of interesting birds. Continue to Galapagos Island Tours >>

The Ecuadorian Amazon

Ecuador has been found by naturalists and researchers to contain the highest amount of animals and plants on Earth. This diversity has been found in the Amazon Rainforest, the world’s largest container of tropical life. The majority of Amazon Rainforest tourists in Ecuador fly from Quito to Coca and are then transported by river to their chosen Amazon Rainforest lodge.

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South America

South America

A continent of contrasts, South America split from the African landmass and joined with North America to merge a distinct set of flora, fauna and geographical features. The South American continent is bound by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west and is the jumping off point for Antarctica to the south. After the merger with North America, the Isthmus of Panama in the north would be the land bridge by which many different animals, including humans, migrated south into this diverse continent. Welcome to South America.

South American Rainforest

The largest tract of continuous rainforest on Earth is found in South America. The Amazon is larger than the other largest rainforests, the Congo Rainforest in West Africa and the New Guinean Rainforest in Australasia, combined. This incredible forest has filled the hearts and minds of naturalists and explorers for hundreds of years and can be accessed from any one of the nine nations it crosses. For the majority of Amazon tourists, the two countries to base themselves for an Amazon Adventure are Peru and Brazil, which contain the largest portions of the rainforest, but there are lesser known adventurous alternatives…

The Brazilian Cerrado

The Brazilian Cerrado is the country’s 2nd largest habitat after the Amazon Rainforest. The Cerrado is a tropical savanna habitat that experiences a humid climate. The habitat is home to many endemic species found nowhere else on Earth. Here you will see incredible wildlife, such as Endangered Maned Wolves, Hyacinth Macaws, and tool-using Capuchin Monkeys.

The Pantanal

The Pantanal Wetlands allows a higher chance of seeing some of the Amazon Rainforest’s most sort-after wildlife, such as Jaguar, Giant Otters and Capybara. The open and often treeless habitat means Capybara can roam the grasslands in huge numbers and animals cannot easily hide from view. Although lesser known than the Amazon, the Pantanal houses an equal concentration of wildlife to the densest areas in Africa.

Brazilian Atlantic Forest

When the Portuguese first set foot on South America over 500 years ago, they were met with the Atlantic Forest. One of the most threatened tropical forests, the Atlantic forest in southern Brazil is home to many highly threatened animals and plants. Over 85% of the original forest cover has been deforested, but because of its significance as a home for many endemic species, hundreds of businesses, NGOs and charities are working to restore this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

South American Countries

The main countries that make up South America are, in order of highest population, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uraguay, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana (France).

Eco Regions in South America

Tourists can explore the different eco-regions in South America, which offer a chance to view breathtaking scenery, amazing wildlife and contrasting environments. You can explore the Amazon Rainforest or Atlantic Forest previously mentioned, the wetlands, which are home to abundant animals and plants, Andean Cloud Forest to see incredible bird life, the Atacama desert, Earth’s driest area, the Andean mountain range, the world’s longest mountain range, and the famous Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador to see uniquely famous animals and plants.

Wildlife and Protected Areas

Within these Bio Regions are the main National Parks that protect South America’s famous and world renowned wildlife for future generations. View the famous macaws of Tambopata National Reserve and Manu National Park and see Jaguar in the Pantanal.

Tourist Attractions – Culture, History and Nature

In addition to South America’s cities and bio regions, tourists flock to South America to see its rich cultural heritage for a glimpse into a land before the modern world as well as natural wonders, such as Angel Falls in Venezuela, the world’s highest waterfall.

South America History

Like the pyramids of Egypt, South America is home to its own archeological sites of now vanished societies. Machu Picchu in Peru alone draws hundreds of thousands of tourists each year to visit this mystical Incan ruin. As well as Machu Picchu, Peru is home to other archaeological sites like the Cradle of Gold and the latest tourist destination, the Northern Kingdoms.

There have been many different civilizations in South America, such as the Chavin, which spanned 900 BC to 300 AD, the Moche, from 100 BC to 700 AD, the Chachopayas, from 1000–1450, but none that have caught the public attention as much as the Inkas, which dominated the Andean region from 1438 to 1533 and were invaded by the Spanish in one of the most significant periods in South American history. To explore South America’s rich and interesting Archeological sites, travel to one of our popular Ancient Destinations.

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The Mantaraya Lodge provides large and comfortable matrimonial, double, triple and family rooms styled to reflect the relaxed area and give a cozy atmosphere. The rooms each come with private bathroom, ceiling fan, balcony or big outside windows. From here you can look out over the region while enjoying the sun and a refreshment.

The lodge can comfortably accommodate a total of 50 guests in its 15 rooms. You can choose from single, double, triple, and quadruple accommodation depending on your requirements.

Our auditorium is a great place for small business and personal events and offers a capacity of 50 people.

A favorite feature of the Mantaraya Lodge is the pool, which is built on different levels and provides a fantastic view of the ocean.


Our lodge chef carefully prepares delicious dishes from fresh ingredients of both national and international cuisine. You can then enjoy the meals in our spacious dining room or al fresco in the calm and relaxing surroundings.

We offer additional services such as wireless internet, laundry services, and hotel transportation.

Getting to Mantaraya Lodge

The journey starts with a 30 minute flight from Quito to Manta or Portoviejo. One of our qualified staff members will transfer you by car to Machalilla National Park (about 3 hour drive). On the road, there will be a stop in order to visit the home of the legendary Panama hat, Montecristi. For approximately one hour, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the air and history of this notable coastal town with residents engaged in the weaving of these extraordinary straw hats.

We continue out trip to Machalilla National Park through roads that will that offer splendid views of coastal Manabí. At your arrival to Mantaraya Lodge, a superb lunch will be ready for you. In the afternoon, our proficient naturalist leader will present to you a range of activities from which you can choose. You can either go to the beach, venture into a fishing village, or hike through an exceptional moist forest to experience your first encounter with the local flora and fauna. After dinner, there will be an introductory talk about Machalilla National Park and the activities for the next day.


A great place for a snorkelling adventure, Machalilla National Park offers some beautiful and wildlife rich areas. Snorkel around Isla de la Plata to Salango Island, Los Frailes and Tortuguita Beach.

Our snorkeling gear is complete and in good conditions, and our crew members are responsible and well trained. The Mantaraya II, our 16 passenger fast boat, follows all national and international navigating regulations.

Whale Watching
Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), the world’s 5th largest whale, make their way along our coast line from June and until September These whales are found worldwide and can travel around 25, 000km per year, which is about halfway around the world. Migrating this distance means the whales can split their lifecycle between both cold and warm waters.

We head out to see the whales on tours that last around 3 hours. This species is very rewarding to watch as they are one of the most acrobatic species. They regularly breach the water and we are the only whale watching operator offering expert Naturalist guides to interpret the whales’ behavior.

Community Visits
We can visit the Agua Blanca community who live inside the Machalilla National Park. Their community includes around 400 inhabitants who live on small scale agriculture farming bananas, coffee, corn and vegetables. The visit is also a great place to enjoy nature from the surrounding tropical dry forest.

A great place for birdwatching in Ecuador, Machalilla National Park covers around 55,000 ha. This is the only protected area of dry and moist forest in western Ecuador that includes a high number and diversity of endemic animals and plants. The protected area also includes extensive wetlands of shallow saltwater marshes. As well as this the Island of Plata is one of the area’s most impressive reserves for seabirds.

Enjoy an expertly guided birding tour to an area of over 270 specie, with a quarter of birds only found in western Ecuador. Because of this, BirdLife International has placed the area into one of the world’s 218 avian centers of endemism.

If you enjoy kayaking, you have three different options at the lodge for a great experience around the Machalilla National Park. Options 1 and 2 include a delicious box lunch, snorkeling gear, kayaks and paddles, transportation back to the Lodge, and a naturalist guide to find the best kayaking in the area for natural beauty.

Optional Activities

Enjoy an optional hiking tour with our native and very knowledgable guide to see archaeological sites. We will walk along a trail where you can find many different animals and plants. After walking through the tropical deciduous forest, you can choose to relax in the spring or enjoy a therapy bath. A customizable tour, the hiking distance and time is up to you.

As this is an optional tour, please mention your interest on the enquiry form. Please note that the hike does require a higher than average level of fitness and may not be suitable if you’re very sensitive to heat.

We can arrange a bike ride along Buena Vista valley dirt road through the tropical dry forest (about 5 Km) to the archaeological museum. We also offer a harder route for a 40 km trail ending at the Jipijapa-Guayaquil highway. Here our truck will be waiting to take us back to the hotel. This is an optional activity and not covered in the program cost. Please mention interest on the enquiry form if this is something you would enjoy.

Horse Riding
Another optional activity not to be missed is horse riding in the San Sebastian fog forest. Some of the trails go through deciduous forest to end at the fog forest at an elevation of around 800 m. Enjoy tropical birds, plants, insects, reptiles and occasionally mammals at different altitudinal levels. Please mention this on the enquiry form if the activity is of interest.

Scuba Diving
Aboard the Mantayraya II, scuba divers and passengers will enjoy exploring the outer edges of Machalilla National Park waters. We can reach the main attraction of the Isla de la Plata in about an hour, which is in about half the time of other tour boats in the area. Mantaraya is a world-class operation with excellent organization, equipment and facilities.

Enjoy a high diversity of colorful and life-filled reefs swimming with warm-water fish, sponges, and corals. Larger wildlife include sea turtles, dolphins, sharks and giants manta rays that occur throughout the year. For a special treat, we especially recommend dives between July and October to tie in with the humpback whale migration. Seeing these mighty creatures up close is a bonus memory hard to forget. You will need to demonstrate your diving experience by presenting your PADI license.

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Prices per person
Land transportation to and from Manta
Naturalist English/Spanish speaking guide
Visits according to the itinerary
Accommodations and meals (set menu)
Trip to Isla de la Plata on board Mantaraya II

Not Included

Air ticket Quito/Manta/Quito
Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
Machalilla National Park entrance fee
Personal expenses
If the cancellation is made 59 or less days prior to departure, 100% of the total price will be charged, even for health issues.

FIT Bookings

An immediate deposit of USD 100 per person is required to guarantee the reservation.
A 50% deposit has to be made 60 days prior to departure.
A 100% of the total price has to be paid 30 days prior to departure.

No fee will apply if the cancellation is made 90 or more prior to departure.
If the cancellation is made between 89 and 60 days prior to departure there will be a USD 100 cancellation fee per person
If the cancellation is made between 59 and 30 days prior to departure, 50% of the total price will be charged
If the cancellation is made 30 or less days prior to departure, 100% of the total price will be charged, even for health issues.

Group Bookings

An immediate deposit of USD 150 per person is required to guarantee the reservation.
A 50% deposit has to be made 90 days prior to departure.
A 100% of the total price has to be paid 60 days prior to departure.

No fee will apply if the cancellation is made 120 or more prior to departure.
If the cancellation is made between 119 and 90 days prior to departure there will be a USD 150 cancellation fee per person
If the cancellation is made between 89 and 60 days prior to departure, 50% of the total price will be charged
If the cancellation is made 59 or less days prior to departure, 100% of the total price will be charged, even for health issues.

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