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Isla de la Plata and Whale Watching

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Isla de la Plata, also known as the Silver Island, is a stunning island located off the coast of Ecuador, near the town of Puerto Lopez. This small island is a hidden gem that boasts an incredible diversity of wildlife, especially for bird and whale watchers. This article will explore the beauty of Isla de la Plata and the amazing experience of whale watching in this unique location.

History and significance of Isla de la Plata

Isla de la Plata has a fascinating history that dates back to the 16th century when it was used by pirates and buccaneers as a hiding place for their treasures. The island’s name, Silver Island, comes from the legend that one of these pirates buried a large silver treasure here.

In 1979, Isla de la Plata was declared a national park to protect its unique biodiversity. Today, the island is recognized as an important ecological reserve, attracting thousands of tourists annually.

Wildlife of Isla de la Plata

Isla de la Plata is a true paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. Here, you can observe a wide variety of species in their natural habitats, including:

Birds

Isla de la Plata is particularly famous for its bird species, which include blue-footed boobies, red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, frigatebirds, albatrosses, and many others. The island is one of the few places in the world where you can see all three species of boobies in one location.

Marine life

The surrounding waters of Isla de la Plata are home to various marine species, such as humpback whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and different types of fish.

Land animals

Although Isla de la Plata is not mainly known for its land animals, visitors can still spot some interesting species, such as iguanas, lizards, and agoutis.

Whale watching in Isla de la Plata

Whale watching is one of the most popular activities in Isla de la Plata, and for a good reason. The island’s proximity to the equator makes it an ideal spot for humpback whales to mate and give birth, attracting thousands of tourists every year. Here are some essential things to know about whale watching in Isla de la Plata:

Whale species found in the area

The most commonly seen whale species in Isla de la Plata are humpback whales, which migrate to the area from Antarctica between June and September every year.

Best time to go whale watching

The best time to go whale watching in Isla de la Plata is from July to September when the whales are more active and easier to spot. However, some whales can still be seen between June and October.

What to expect during a whale watching tour

A typical whale-watching tour in Isla de la Plata takes around three hours, during which you will have the opportunity to observe these majestic creatures up close. The tours are usually

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