Whale-watching on the Southern Spondylus Route

For those looking for an introduction to the southern Ecuadorian pacific coast, this guided tour of the southern spondylus route covers all the bases. Between June and October the odds of spotting humpback whales near Puerto López are extremely high and visitors marvel at the opportunity.


The seaside resort Montañita serves as base camp for this tour that includes visits to Guayaquil Historic Park, Puerto López for a whale watching tour, Isla de la Plata (known as the poor man’s Galapagos), an artisan centre, a cocoa producing hacienda and more.
Following the Pacific coast of Ecuador, the spondylus route (also called la Ruta del Sol) is named after the red shell which was of crucial importance to pre-Incan Valdivia culture.

This tour includes

· 3 nights accommodation in a comfortable Montañita hostel (private en suite double room)
· Meals mentioned in itinerary (3 breakfasts at hostel, 1 box lunch, 1 lunch at hacienda)
· Private transportation
· Professional guide
· Entry fees
· Minimum group size: 4

This tour does not include

· Personal expenses
· Any meals not mentioned above
· Any other service not mentioned herein
· A single supplement will apply if you are traveling alone

Sample itinerary

Day 1 - Cuenca - Guayaquil - Montañita
Drive from Cuenca to Guayaquil to visit Guayaquil Historic Park. Arrival in Montañita in the afternoon with time to explore the town and beaches. Meals: -/-/-
Day 2 - Montañita
Excursion to Puerto López for whale watching tour and visit to Isla de la Plata. Box lunch included. Return to Montañita. Meals: B/L/- (Packed lunch)
Day 3 - Pro Pueblo & Olón
Morning excursion to Pro Pueblo, an artisanal center, and visit to the Olón Sanctuary. Breakfast included. Return to Montañita for free afternoon and evening. Meals: B/-/-
Day 4 - Hacienda el Castillo - Cuenca
Visit to a hacienda to learn about the production of cocoa and to enjoy a relaxing lunch. Return to Cuenca. Meals: B/L/-


Made-to-Measure Travel

This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of the available options for travel in Ecuador. But keep in mind:

  • We can tailor this trip to suit your needs, tastes, time frame and budget
  • Every aspect of the itinerary can be modified, from the accommodation to the activities