Humpback whales have left the icy Antarctica and crossed the warm equatorial waters, where they seduce thousands of tourists who visit the area, the season will run until September and will welcome a total of 40,000 tourists.
An estimated 2,000 humpback whales will be moving by the Ecuadorian coast, Ecuador has declared June 22 as “National Day of the Whale” and in Puerto Lopez the season is lived intensely with artistic and cultural festivals, academic forums and other events in honor of the cetaceans.
The coasts of Ecuador are ideal for whale birth due to its ocean conditions and the absence of predators such as killer whales and great white sharks.
When the season is over they will return to Antarctica, a journey of about 16,000 kilometers, where they will find enough food, especially Crill and plankton.
The odds that the young whale survive in the equatorial waters are 99%, thanks to the continental shelf and few currents.
A special attraction for tourists is the fact that many of the humpbacks whales gather near Isla de la Plata, about 60 kilometers from Puerto Lopez, a volcanic formation that resembles the Galapagos archipelago.
Isla de la Plata, also known as the “little Galapagos”, is home to 60% of species of sea birds also found in the large archipelago, such as blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and albatrosses, among others.
Puerto Lopez and Isla de la Plata are located in the Machalilla National Park, the second largest Natural park in Ecuador
Isla de la Plata is ideal for sports such as scuba diving and hiking.
On the mainland coast, the beach the ‘’Frailes’’, near Puerto Lopez, also attract tourists, while dry forest in Machalilla National Park is a paradise for bird lovers which will be able to observe the world’s smallest hummingbird, known as “esmeraldeña starlet”.
The “artisanal fishing,” the “community tourism”, rich gastronomy and hospitality of its people have positioned Puerto Lopez as a tourist attraction that transcends borders.
many tourists from neighboring countries like Colombia and Peru, but also from the US, Europe and Asia are attracted by the beautiful pirouettes of the humpback whales, and unique experience in the Ecuadorian waters.