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Isla de la Plata Ecuador Cruise Port Guide


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Isla de la Plata, one of the hidden places in Ecuador, is a small island off the coast northwest of Puerto Lopez. Although currently known as the poor man's Galapagos, it has long been called "Silver Island." Some say the name derived from the fact that Sir Francis Drake buried his treasure there centuries ago. Others say the silver refers to the large amounts of guano, or bird droppings, that shine in the sun!

Once on the island, the visitor can enjoy many species similar to those found in the Galapagos - blue- and red-footed boobies, pelicans, petrals, frigate birds, terns and albatrosses. The tours usually provide lunch, a guided hike and time for a little snorkeling.

One of the main attractions of this special place in Ecuador is the humpback whales. They mate near the island from the middle of June until October. We've been told that it is not uncommon to see groups of up to ten whales at one time, frolicking in the ocean. Dolphins are plentiful and there are good coral reefs for snorkeling. There is no shade on the small island and the trails are rough, so good shoes, wind or rain gear and a hat are very important. Isla de la Plata is one of those places in Ecuador where you can lose yourself in a landscape uniquely different from any on earth.

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Opening Hours and Holidays:

Most shops are open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm. Many occupy the family home and, outside the biggest cities, open every day for as long as there is someone to staff it.

1 Jan New Year's Day.
12 Feb Amazon and Galapagos Day.
27 Feb Civicism and National Unity Day.
Good Friday.
1 May Labour Day.
24 May Battle of Pichincha.
10 Aug Independence Day.
9 Oct Guayaquil Independence Day.
2 Nov All Souls' Day.
3 Nov Cuenca Independence Day.
25 Dec Christmas Day.
31 Dec New Year's Eve.

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