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Agua Blanca - Other Activity Puerto L贸pez - Ecuador

The best place to explore Machalilla鈥檚 dry forest is at Agua Blanca. Five kilometers (3 mi) off the main highway in the park, 12 kilometers (7.5 mi) north of Puerto L贸pez, there is a small local community with ancestors dating back to the Mante帽a Culture who inhabited the land from 800 to 1532.

The entrance fee includes a local guide who will show you around the community and the small archaeological museum. Tours introduce you to the ancient burial customs, typical dress and religious practices on a 1.5 kilometer (1 mi) walk through the forest ,where you can also bird-watch, take in spectacular views of the surrounding hills and go for a relaxing but pungent dip in an ancient sulfur pool, considered sacred by the local indigenous people. It is also possible to stay in the community for $8-10 per person per night.

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Getting There
To get to the community, take any Jipijapa-bound bus north from Puerto L贸pez and ask to be left off at Agua Blanca. Then you will need to walk the unpleasant five-kilometer (3.1-mi) trail up a dirt track, or you can hire a mototaxi for $5 one-way. There are not many mototaxis at Agua Blanca, so you can pay the mototaxi $5 per hour to wait for you there and bring you back to Puerto L贸pez. Another option is to hire a bike at one of the agencies on the Malec贸n and bike to Agua Blanca and back.

Price Description: $5 adults, $2.50 children

Relative price: Budget

Here are other activities in and around Puerto L贸pez that may be of interest: San Sebasti谩n, Whale-Watching and Isla de la Plata.

04 Sep 2012

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