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Whale watching in Ecuador
Whales can be seen in both the Galapagos and along the Pacific coast, particularly at Puerto Lopes and the Machalilla National Park in Manabí. The best spots are Puerto Lopez or the island of La Plata -there are a number of tour companies that operate there, or if you are feeling adventurous, you could charter from a local fisherman. La Plata is often called "the poor man's Galapagos" because it has many of the birds that can be seen in the Galapagos Islands (including frigates, boobies and albatross) and getting there is much cheaper.
Humpback whales can be seen from June to September and throughout the year there are Sperm and Bryde's Whales, as well as Bottlenose, Pantropical Spotted and Spinner Dolphins.
General information:
Darwin Foundation -the Galapagos Islands are home to 24 species of cetacean -the Charles Darwin Foundation is a good place to find out more.
Finca Punta Ayampe -surfing eco lodge near Machalilla National Park and La Isla de La Plata that offers whale watching tours from May to September.
Fundación Ecuatoriana para el Estudio de Mamíferos Marinos -Ecuadorian Foundation for the Study of Marine Mammals.
Guacamayo Tours -whalewatching tours from the Rio Muchacho organic farm in Bahía de Caráquez.
Machalilla National Park -profile from
Pacific Whales -study of humpback whales in Machalilla National Park.
Yaqupacha -article on the humpback whales around Isla de la Plata.
See also Eco tourism for more details on conservation organisations in Ecuador.
More on the regions:
Pacific coast

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