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Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, beautiful Mantaraya Lodge is the premier place to stay in Puerto Lopez.
Mantaraya Lodge lies in the heart of vast Machalilla National Park, an area of 55,095 acres extending along Ecuador's Pacific coast in Manabi Province. The park includes the bird haven of Isla de la Plata, as well as numerous bays, small islands and beautiful beaches. Within the park there is also impressive semi-desert vegetation, including a dry tropical forest. The ocean is the home of a beautiful coral reef as well as birds, mammals and marine reptiles.
The lodge is found amidst a vast expanse of forest and offers spectacular views over the Pacific coastline. The brightly coloured buildings and blue and white interiors create a cool, fresh feel in a Mediterranean style construction. Its colourful adobe-style buildings are set around a lovely pool.
You will savor fresh seafood prepared by our fine chef, and enjoy a sunset drink poolside after an exhilarating day of sightseeing with naturalist guide provided by the hotel. Relax in one of the 15 elegantly appointed rooms.
Created in 1979 Machalilla is the only coastal National Park in Ecuador. It has an area of 55,000 hectares. The park protects two offshore islands, the only coral formation on the Ecuadorian mainland coast, tropical dry forest, and also cloud forest. The weather in the park is hot and dry throughout the year. The Park contains Pre-Colombian archeological ruins and artifacts, beaches, and tropical dry forest. In addition, over 200 animal species have been identified including coastal parrots, seabirds, deer, iguanas, snakes, and anteaters.
A fascinating excursion in the park is a visit to the Isla de la Plata, an island situated just 40-km northwest of Puerto López. This small island is inhabited by a number of animals commonly found in the Galapagos Islands including blue footed boobies, pelicans, and gulls. Dolphins and whales are often sighted between June and October. The Coral Reef around the Isla de la Plata and on the adjacent coast is the only coral reef off mainland Ecuador.
From June to October, Humpback Whales from Antarctica congregate here to bear their young and court, with spectacular displays of breaching and spy-hopping, while competing for the females' attention. Several species of resident porpoises can be observed year-round. The Coral Reef.
The lodge has 15 rooms offering single, double, triple and quad accommodations. Rooms are spacious and count with a balcony and in some cases a there very own sun terrace with a hammock. The rooms are well ventilated and do not need A/C, though there are cieling fans. Private bathrooms with hot water and other amenities. Maximum capacity is 42 guests.
Passengers can enjoy the swiming pool and savor Ecuadorian and international food at the restaurant.
There is also a living room with television and cable.