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La Chocolatera

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Base Naval de Salinas | West, Salinas 241550, Ecuador
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Reviewed 4 days ago

La Chocolatera is a the end of the western-most peninsula in South America. The water is rough so there's no swimming but nature is beautiful here. During the right time of the year (fall to spring) you can see whales in the distance. At La...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank travelinwriter
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a taxi out to the Naval Base to the scenic view point of Chocolatera; cost $3.00. It had nice sidewalks and lookout spots. There were many birds diving and fishing, the waves were crashing on the rocks. We went early in the morning...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 24, 2019

We had to rush through our tour of this gorgeous site, but can't wait to go spend a lot of time there in the future. Don't miss this!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Grapesgalore
Reviewed January 15, 2019

If you are in Salinas you should go here as there is not much else to see in the area. Easy drive through the military base (take your passport). The views are good and if you drive/ climb up the hill then you will see...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Fiona P
Reviewed December 9, 2018

This is a "must-see" if your treks take you to Salinas, Ecuador. Walking to "Loberia" where defeated male sea lions come to rest and recover to attempt returning to the herd to mate and to the "Mirador" on top of the hill, a Tablazo formation...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 3, 2018 via mobile

Well worth a visit. Beautiful area with views and trails. Easy hiking. Beach was disappointing due to litter.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ray5823
Reviewed October 14, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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.

Date of experience: September 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: March 2018
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Response from Jodie M | Reviewed this property |
We had 2 dogs and walked them on the beach and malecon dayly without issue. Dogs are not treated as pets by locals, so you see dogs wandering around in various states of health. As for parks, they do not have parks as you... More