"Isla de La Plata" Isla de La Plata by MalenaN

Isla de La Plata Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 124 photos

Isla de La Plata is a small island situated 37 km northwest of Puerto Lopes. The island is part of Machalilla National Park, which was formed in 1979. The island is often referred to as Poor man’s Galapagos, because many of the big nesting seabirds that are present on Galapagos Islands can be seen on Isla de La Plata too. Well, it can’t be compared to Galapagos Islands (where I have also been), but Isla de La Plata is anyway a very nice place to visit and should not be missed if you visit the Ecuadorian coast.

On the island you can see Magnificent Frigatebirds, Blue-footed Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies and Waved Albatrosses (April – October). You can only visit Isla de La Plata on a tour from Puerto Lopez and when you do you have to choose which trail to take. That means you will not see all of the bird mentioned as some can only be seen along one of the trails and others along the other trail. Whichever trail you choose to take you will have spectacular views. Around the island there are some great snorkeling spots and tours normally stop for snorkeling too, but only for a short time when it is whale-watching season and more time is spent to look for Humpback Whales.

Isla de La Plata means Silver Island and there are different explanations of how the island got its name. One says it comes from the colour of the large amount of guano that covers the cliffs, another explanation says it comes from the legend that Sir Francis Drake buried a treasure here.

  • Last visit to Isla de La Plata: Jul 2012
  • Intro Updated Oct 21, 2012
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2014 at 3:11 AM

    Enjoyed your tips and travelouges!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Jan 14, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      Thank you for visiting my page Dee! It was a great day trip!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Malena, fabulous little page about your day trip by boat to Isla de La Plata. I especially like your brilliant bird photos. Well done.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Aug 19, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      Thank you Holger! It was a great day trip that I enjoyed very much!

  • coppi9's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    I love the cover pic with 2 bf boobies in front of ocean....awesome pic Marlena!!!
    After reading your blog I plan to visit La Plata.
    Big thanks!!!!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Jan 27, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      Hello Paul Kim, Isla de La Plata was a great day trip from Puerto Lopez, but for Blue-footed Boobies and other sea birds Galapagos Islands is better. To see the whales was spectacular, but in February/March it is not whale season and you will probably not see any.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    What a great day out you had! So many wonderful birds, but best of all perhaps, those whales!!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Jan 27, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      The whales and the birds were wonderful, but so was the weather too with blue sky and sun. Otherwise it is often overcast that time of year by the coast.

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    I also like this page with nice pics of the birds!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2013 at 4:14 AM

    What an amazing tour that was! How lucky for you to see the humpback whales leaping above the water and those blue-footed boobies are so cute.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Jan 14, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Thank you Lori! It was amazing to see so many humpback whales.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    I guess your bird-watching and whale-watching season was successful in Isla de Plata!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Oct 30, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      To see the Humpback Whales jump was really amazing!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    What a wonderful natural scenery with great pics of the local wildlife !

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Oct 25, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      Thank you Michael! Isla de La Plata was a lovely island to visit.

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    this beach looks gorgeous! and what a spectacular marine life!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Sep 9, 2012 at 2:28 AM

      Isla de La Plata is part of Machalilla National Park and can only be visited on daytrips. But I would love to spend some more time there.

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