Guided trips included in the Program
30 minutes from Palmazul one can find a marvelous site with Coconut, Banana, Lemon, Pepper, Papaya, Lime, etc… plantations as well as a small museum where one can find a Pumice Stone used for distilling water, Spondylus Shells, Shark jaws, along with other curiosities of that region. One can also enjoy the beautiful handicrafts made by the aborigines and observe petrified maize.
Isla Corazón (“Heart Island”) is located in the Chone River estuary, just 20 minutes away from Bahia de Caraquez. A 50-hectare island which’s shape resembles a Heart when seen from the air; is formed by mangrove swamps and has one of the biggest frigate colonies in the South American Pacific. Isla Corazon, now recognized as a National Wildlife Refuge and National Heritage Site, is managed by local fishermen of the Portovelo community, who offer canoe-led tours of the mangrove ecosystem.
A large ecologic path, interpretation center, bird photography exhibition, video room and small aquariums that show some native species, enable native guides to interpret the life of the mangrove swamp, its flora, crustaceans, mollusks, fish and other micro-organisms which live there and their interactions with artisan fishermen, as well as narrating oral stories and alluring legends such as the Island Gnome.
More than 50 bird species have been found on the island, as well as other species such as iguanas, boas and an ample variety of crustaceans, mollusks and curious insects. Flora includes Red, Black and white mangroves. Temperature has a median annual variation between 25° to 28°C. Lucky visitors will experience the beauty and mystery of the mangrove forest in one of the best-conserved eco-systems to be found in the coastal region of Ecuador.