Welcome to Puerto Cayo
PUERTO CAYO is the perfect location as a home base for your vacation. Take it easy with a stroll on the beach, read in a hammock, enjoy a fresh seafood lunch overlooking the Pacific, toasting the sublime sunsets from your patio or balcony. If you prefer a faster pace you won’t be found lacking in Puerto Cayo – swim, snorkel, body, boogie or board surf in the ocean, and with literally miles of beach you can pick your spot, stake your umbrella and have your very own private time.
South of Puerto Cayo
Machalilla National park begins at the southern edge of Puerto Cayo and includes Playa Frailes. Just 20 minutes south of Puerto Cayo is one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. Ecuador has set aside Los Frailes, located in the Machialia National Park, as a protected beach. Entrance is free, but you will be carefully instructed that you are not allowed to take any food or drinks on to the beach, and that you may leave nothing behind but your footprints.
These vigilantly protected rules have left this beautiful white-sand beach as close to pristine as any you can find in the world. The water is many shades of wonderfully clear turquoise, making it a popular snorkeling spot. Sea turtles are often seen, along with a wide variety of fish.
You can drive into the preserve and park at an area with a bathhouse and small stores selling snacks and drinks. From there it’s a short walk to the beach. For something even more remote, there are trails around the park that will take you to some stunning overlooks, and two other beaches that are only accessible by the trails. It is a great way to spend a day enjoying the unspoiled natural beauty of Ecuador’s beaches.
A few minutes south from Playa Frailes is Agua Blanca, site of Precolumbian ruins with hot springs, mud bath, hiking trails and horseback riding.
Continuing south for 10 minutes is Puerto Lopez, a small fishing village from which there are daily tours to Isla de la Plata considered the “Poor Man’s Galapagos” where you’ll see blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and if you happen to be here between July through October there’s a good chance you’ll see hump back whales as they migrate north.
North of Puerto Cayo
Twenty minutes north of Puerto Cayo is Pacoche Park where communing with nature is made easy with guided tours pointing out the fauna and wildlife including howler monkeys. Continuing north you’ll pass through Las Pinas with fishing boats pulled up along the highway and if you pass them when they’re coming in hundreds of sea gulls fly in wait for their catch cleanings. You can purchase direct from the fishermen depending on the catch of the day. They catch corvina, dorado (Mahi Mahi), tuna and sometimes giant crabs.
A trip to the “big city”, Manta (pop. 350,000) is a scenic hour ride along beaches and spectacular mountains at times extending to the sea.
If you are interested in “community tourism”, you can check out Proturisco a tourism program of the Provincial Union of farmer organization from Manabí.
Surfing in Puerto Cayo
Here you can see Puerto Cayo Tide Times & Tide Charts
OTHER THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA
Rosita Tours – Puerto Lopez
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