Six Snaps From Ecuador’s Playa Los Frailes

Here are half a dozen shots taken earlier today at Playa Los Frailes, which according to the tourist literature, is one of Ecuador’s most beautiful beaches.

I can’t vouch for the accuracy of that characterization, but I can say that it’s a very nice laid back spot. Set in Machalilla National Park about 12 kilometers from Puerto Lopez, it’s said to rarely be crowded. That was the case today –a Saturday no less– with only about a dozen people spread along the mile-wide crescent when I arrived at 11:30. When I left three hours later, the number of people enjoying the exceptionally clear warm water had perhaps doubled.

A nice lookout point is just a short hike away from the north end which provides nice vistas in all directions. The only company you’ll likely have  on the trail are dozens of small lizards quickly darting back and forth across the path. The refreshing breeze at the top is well worth the 15-minute hike.

Open daily from 8 to 4; mototaxi ride from the center of Puerto Lopez takes about 20 minutes and should set you back about $5 one-way. There is a small stand at the entrance selling water, soft drinks, ice cream and souvenirs, but there is no restaurant. As is the case with all of Ecuador’s national parks, entry is free.

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  1. Playamart - Zeebra Designs says

    great photos! enjoy your travels that bring you closer to the middle of the world! z

  2. […] As Ecuador is a coastal country in the tropics, you can be sure that you can find some great beaches. Los Frailes Beach is one of the country’s favorites. Located near Puerto Lopez, you can find this very scenic beach for white sand, nature trails through the forest, and some different birds, including the famous blue footed boobies. The white sandy beaches are surrounded by dramatic cliff scenery and tropical dry forest. You can enjoy visiting the mirador or lookout point for some fantastic views of the ocean and coastline. Los Frailes Beach is located inside the National Park of Machalilla. There is a two hour walk leading to Los Frailes, which passes through the beautiful black sand beach of Playita Negra then to the lookout point and finally ends at the beautiful Los Frailes. Some travel bloggers who visited Los Frailes Beach are Andrew & Emily from Alongdustyroads.com, Barbara from Holeinthedonut.com, and Bob from Pirancafe.com. […]

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