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Churute Mangroves Ecological Reserve

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Address: Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Incredible day visiting outside of Guayaquil

We had an extra day in Guayaquil and did not know what we were going to do with our time. Most searches of the area did not come up with anything exciting to do. The hotel we... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2017
Corinne G
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

We had an extra day in Guayaquil and did not know what we were going to do with our time. Most searches of the area did not come up with anything exciting to do. The hotel we were staying at (the Hilton) recommended contacting Eddie with "Guayaquil a Guided Visit" http://www.guayaquilaguidedvisit.com/book-online/. Eddie was incredible! He arranged to meet our family... More 

Thank Corinne G
Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Reviewed 19 December 2016

If I want to visit an ecological reserve, your first option should be The Manglares de Churute. It is located in the Guayas Province. It contains approximately 50,000 hectares of mangroves and dry tropical forests. The reserve is east of the mouth of the Guayas River and the protected mangrove that it has provides you with spectacular birds and sea... More 

1 Thank ladylovable30
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5 reviews
Reviewed 20 October 2016

We visited the mangroves as part of a Tour by Locals with Mario (reviewed separately). The tour was in a motorized canoe with a very knowledgeable naturalist guide. The birds alone are well worth the trip, without even considering the beauty and calm of the river. Be well covered and use plenty of bug spray.

Thank Raoul W
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

We went with a naturalist, which was arranged by Mario of My Trip to Ecuador. It was incredible. We saw large birds including ibis, several species of heron, egrets and spoonbills, as well as a sloth in a tree, crabs at low tide and a crocodile. I highly recommend it!

Thank Isa-Lee W
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

We took this trip before our flight to Lima. To give us enough time the guide picked us up from the hotel at 7:30 and returned us at 3:00 to catch our flight. The trip was not cheap, at $100 each, but worth every penny. We had a short stop at a rice field to see some varieties of birds... More 

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Reviewed 15 June 2016

Churute Ecological Reserve is located in the canton Naranjal, it has a wide variety of animals, plants, and thousands of acres, full of mangrove Churute there are three roads to churute . Admission is free and the tour could last 3 hours. Most importantly, you must wear with comfortable clothes and ready to explore nature. Crab is the the most... More 

Thank Karen A
Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 10 June 2016

We did this as part of a tour so had a guide. They knew where to go as we saw the usually hard-to-find horned screamers, spider and howler monkeys, spoonbills, ibises, herons, and raptors. We had insect resistant clothing and mosquitos weren't bad but we sprayed our exposed skin anyway.

Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 7 January 2016

Fernando and his daughter Mafy were our guides. We had a lovely time traveling along the water on a motorized canoe and saw beautiful birds along the way. It was hot but the movement in the canoe cooled us off. Then we hiked through the Forest looking for monkeys. What we found were two hours of mosquitoes (luckily we were... More 

Thank gemm0m4
Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed 3 December 2015 via mobile

Nice contact with nature, but since we came by our own to this natural park without booking the visit, no guide was available and we can't visit the inner part of it. You need a car or a motorcycle because you have to move about 16 km to the dock... It is better to plan the trip some months before.

Thank Carlos D
Germantown, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 18 July 2015

We took a tour of the reserve with Eddie (Guayaquil, A Guided Visit). He explained the difference between the mangrove trees and we saw a plethora of different birds on our canoe ride. We also hiked through the howler monkey trail (thanks to Eddie we had hats with mosquito nets to protect our faces from mosquito bites and changed into... More 

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