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3.2. PACKAGE HOTEL + WHALE WATCHING IN PUERTO LOPEZ - ECUADOR

WHALE WATCHING - ACCOMMODATION IN PUERTO LOPEZ Discover the natural and cultural heritage in Machalilla Protection Area with the help of an experienced tour guide! No trip to Ecuador is complete without visit to the Machalilla Nationa Park in Puerto López. This protected area is the perfect destination for nature lovers looking for a unique adventure and amazing views. Puerto Lopez is the heart of the PNM. From there, you can go and enjoy the white sand beaches like Los Frailes or surf in Ayampe and Río Chico. Visit the museums in Agua Blana or just enjoy the gastronomy of Salango. If you want to have fun, Montañita is very close. Whale Watching Tour begins on land with an informational briefing and continues on board with 2 hours of pure whale watching delight! We will depart the pier and immediately begin looking for Humpback whale encounters and other pelagic species. In the last hour we going to Isla Salango and do snorkeling.  This tour is available from july to september each year.  This tour is  3 hours, if you have more time and like to do more activities, you could choose the Isla de la Plata tour that included whale watching tour from june 15 to october, each year. This package include whale watching + snorkeling tour + snack +  equipment + accommodations in Puerto Lopez for one night, two nights or more. Contact us directly at palosanto22@gmail.com or our whatsup +593995464860 to book this adventure. A lot of fun!

7. VOLUNTEER IN WHALE RESEARCH PROGRAM IN ECUADOR

HUMPBACK WHALE RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS IN MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK – ECUADOR The project Ballenas Jorobadas – Ecuador (Humpback Whales - Ecuador) is conducting a study on the demography of humpback whale and other cetaceans in the Machalilla National Park since 1997. The research center Pacific Whale Foundation-Ecuador with Palo Santo Travel is offering humpback whale research internships in Puerto Lopez - Machalilla National Park. Between June and October, the marine area of the Machalilla National Park forms a reproductive or breeding area for humpback whales that migrate from the Antarctic to Ecuador. These whales are part of the humpback whale population of the Pacific southeast that feeds in the Antarctic and migrate around 7.000 km for mating and give birth to their calf in Ecuador. The humpback whale population of the Southern Hemisphere that reproduces in Ecuadorian waters is estimated between 6.000 whales. Also, in this area, 15 cetacean’s species were identified during the last years, representing one of the highest known species diversities in South America. The research has been carrying out in whale watching boats used as research platform. The Pacific Whale Foundation has a catalog of more than 2,000 whales identified through marks or pigmentation of their tail, which are similar to a human fingerprint. Interns will actively contribute to this research effort, and will also collect data These internships are available for durations ranging from 1 to 4 weeks, from June to October.  Volunteers will be introduced to and participate in the research techniques involving boat-based photo identification, behavioural studies and acoustics. No previous experience is required. There are approximately 10 whale-watching boats which will be used by the volunteers to go out at sea and study the whales every day. 

WHALE WATCHING WITH RESEARCHERS | ECUADOR | PUERTO LOPEZ

DO YOU LIKE MORE TIME AND PHOTOS WITH WHALES, UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT THE WHALE POPULATION, THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY, A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH THE GIANTS OF THE SEA WITH WHALE RESEARCHERS Join a team of marine scientists on an exciting expedition off the coast of Puerto López and Machalilla National Park to track and study one of the most fascinating creatures on earth: the humpback whale. From June until October humpback whales travel more than 7,000 km from Antarctica to the shores of Machalilla National Park in Ecuador. La Isla de La Plata is considered a breeding area for different species of whales and dolphins. It is also a place where they unite together. Only in these few month you can enjoy acrobatic shows from these wonderful animals.  Marine biologists, ecologists and naturalists will guide your adventure with outstanding commentary about local environment and sharing real-time insight into whales’ ecology and behavior while collecting scientific data for on going research and conservation projects. During our encounters we may observe whales spouting while cruising along, or powerfully breaching and tail slapping while playing or fighting. It is breeding season in the Mexican Pacific so there is a lot going on! If lucky enough, we may find females nursing their calves, or maybe listen to the intriguing songs performed by males as part of their courtship ritual. By taking part on this tour you are contributing directly to marine research and monitoring activities led by Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) and its partners for the conservation of whales and dolphins in marine area of Machalilla National Park and Cantagallo Marine Reserve.