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Playa Escondida, Esmeraldas
Set between Tonchigue and Punta Galera is Playa Escondida, a beautiful safe pristine beach on an ecologically sound basis. Located fourteen kilometers away from Esmeraldas, with warm tidal pools full of marine life and marvel at dramatic rock formations with caves and tunnels carved by wind and waves. The backdrop for this idyllic shoreline is an ecological refuge of 100 hectares.

In Playa Escondida You'll see Pelicans, Frigate birds, Hummingbirds, Sandpipers, giant and tiny Kingfishers, Horneros, Parrots and Parakeets, Azulejos, Caciques, Flycatchers, Masked Tyrants, Mot Mots, Herons and even Ospreys escaping from the cold northern climate.


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If you really want to relax, a set of rustic cabins overlooking a beautiful small bay with camping possibilities are waiting for you. Playa Escondida is a great place for swimming and strolling along its peaceful beach. Also, for reforestation projects, volunteers are always welcome. Reservations: 06-2733106 or, direct through our online Hotel reservation form. A BOE specialized agent will be able to process your inquiry immediately for the best and most affordable accommodation rates!.


How to get there? From Quito, or Guayaquil take Tame Airlines to the city of Esmeraldas. (a half hour flight). At the airport take a taxi to the kilometer 14, via Tonchigue-Punta Galera.

There is a sign just 3 km past Tonchigue, then make a right hand turn towards Punta Galera and continue 14 km more to Playa Escondida entrance.


From Quto, the journey takes about 6 hours through Panamericana bus cooperative leaving at 11:30 from Avenida Colón and Reina Victoria corner to Esmeraldas. Once in Esmeraldas take a taxi.

Also, Trans Esmeraldas bus cooperative, which leaves from the Terminal Terrestre (11:00) in Quito, drops you off a half hour closer to Playa Escondida, in Atacames. The taxi ride will be shorter and cheaper US$15.00.

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