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La Chocolatera

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Base Naval de Salinas | West, Salinas 241550, Ecuador
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Reviewed September 30, 2016

First off, this isn't a chocolate factory as I first expected! No Willy Wonka here. However, it is a fantastic & unique part of the Ecuador coast. I walked (which isn't for everyone). From the entrance, around the park, and getting back to the entrance,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Since my last review of this beautiful tourist spot, they have been many changes. First is the parking area, they have provided spaces for busses, you know the big ones with all the tourists on. Next they have provided spaces for disabled people, with extra...More

Thank Jodie M
Reviewed September 21, 2018

We got to see the Sea Lions & Whales. Cloudy day & misty, but was all worth it! Short distance driving into the facility & very little walking. The ocean hitting the rocks reminds me of Hawaii. No charge at the gate.

Thank ksimm1969_13
Reviewed August 8, 2018

This is a rocky outcrop that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. To get there you have to cross the navy base at the west end of Salinas but the guards are friendly and will wave you through. It can be cold so bring a...More

Thank gdryden
Reviewed March 18, 2018 via mobile

You have to travel through a naval base to get to this point but once you get there you are treated to beautiful views of the ocean and a lighthouse. There is also opportunity to buy souvenirs and sign a guest book. You don’t need...More

Thank c_estrellaroca
Reviewed March 4, 2018

We took the little train ($5) from the Salinas malacon. Nice ride. Stops for 20 minutes at the beach. Nice wide beach with large breaking waves. Very pretty. Some vendors there. There is a lookout point at the top of a hill with great views....More

Thank David B
Reviewed March 4, 2018

AMAZING walks through the narrow peninsula, from Salinas on the malecon to El Morro, then la Chocolatera finishing with La Loberia. Early morning is the best time to enjoy flora&fauna and a cool breeze, the trails and roads are really perfect for walking, jogging, bicycling....More

Thank Mcbidaud
Reviewed February 21, 2018 via mobile

We grabbed the little train ride on the Malecon to La Chocolatera and it was certainly worth it. Short ride out of town and you are there. Driver let us know we had 20 mins at the first stop and then drove us to the...More

Thank Andrew C
Reviewed January 25, 2018 via mobile

Nice to see! It's quite far out. We took a taxi and he waited for us as there is no way you would wanna walk back! Lots of waves. We didn't see see lions. Or turtles like you can. Maybe depends on time of year...More

Thank Jaime R
Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

Fabulous peninsula in the Pacific Ocean on the military base which is now owned by the EC government crashing surf and this unique spot where the waters circle and blow up through a hole in the rocks.

Thank David B
Reviewed January 21, 2018 via mobile

Every time we have come here we have thoroughly enjoyed it. Fascinating rock formations at this westernmost point of continental South America.

Thank RayC1492
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