Everything was perfect: Food, cabana (we were in the Lobo del Mar), gardens with two chilled dogs, many huge iguanas up in the three plus a few very rare white (northern ghost!) bats in one of the many palm leaves, beach right on the other side of the small street, and lovely owners! And all the art, so charming! The tours (Isla de la Plata for example) are offered even at a slightly cheaper rate than at regular places on the street (amazing service which is hard to find in Ecuador!). Most guests only stayed for a night or two, which was our initial idea too. But then we stayed for six nights and left wishing we could have stayed longer. By far the best place we stayed in Ecuador!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hosteria Mandala is a place of nature and art, with botanical gardens, games, musical instruments, located in Machalilla National Park in Puerto Lopez at the pacific coast of Ecuador, where you can enjoy gorgeous beaches, the Plata and Salango islands, Spondylus reef, diving and snorkeling, horseback riding or hikes through the dry and rain forest, archeology, bird watching, and see humpback whales from July to September. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hosteria Mandala Hotel Puerto Lopez