Manglares El Morro Wildlife Refuge

Refugio de Vida Silvestre Manglares El Morro

History: The Mangroves El Morro, are part of the national system of Protected Areas of Ecuador. It was created on September 13, 2007 and has an area of 10.130,16 hectares. Its climate is directly influenced by the ocean currents that come from the Pacific Ocean, its ecosystem, differs from the interior areas since it is located at the entrance of the Gulf of Guayaquil.

Attractions: Boat tours through the estuary to appreciate the flora and fauna of the place.

Regarding the flora, there are four species of mangroves: white, black, red, and jeli. Among the fauna, there are typical birds of this area such as frigates or peak of spatula herons.

In an open area of the estuary, the Faraglioni Island, or Isla de los Pajaros (Bird Island), is located; a massive concentration of sea birds such as pelicans, seagulls, and the largest colony of frigates in Ecuador can be observed. In these same areas, in which waters rich in biodiversity mixed, the bottlenose dolphins get their food, and when they come out to breathe, they provide a majestic spectacle. At the same time tours are offered to the Isla of Las Fragatas (Frigate Island)(Manglesito), where people can visit the viewpoint tower for bird watching.

Services: From El Morro Port, different community tourist associations operate, which take tourists for boat rides:

Route 1-departure: El Morro Port. Tour: Mangroves of El Morro Estuary, to observe pink herons, carry out fishing activities and visit the estuary of the dolphins.
Duration: 1 h 30 minutes.
Cost: $5.00.

Route 2-departure: El Morro Port. Tour: Mangroves of El Morro Estuary and El Morro Canal, to see pink herons, fishing activities, visit to the estuary of the dolphins and the bird Island (Manglesito).
Duration of the tour: 3 hours.
Cost: $8.00.

Ecomorro's Tours.
Phone number: + 593 (04) 301-0618.
Cell phone: + 593 (09) 928-34542.

Puerto El Morro Tours.
Phone number: + 593 (04) 301-0613.
Cell phone: + 593 091302594.
Web site:

Community Museum
Admission: free
Location: Pier of the port.
Opening Hours: Mondays to Sundays from 08h00 to 16h00.

Puerto El Morro has an interpretation Center, which holds remains of crabs, blue crabs and the skeleton of a dolphin, and also photographs of birds. .

Lisa and Seafood Festival

This Festival is held in May, annually convenes hundreds of domestic and foreign tourists. It is carried out with the active participation of the members of the community, who argue that tourism gives them the possibility of boosting their productive businesses, to achieve socio-economic development.

This event stimulates the economy of the place, where there are more than one dozen fishermen engaged in the hunt of lisa fish in El Morro Canal, with the purpose of providing tourist operators, which sell up to 3,000 fish in every festival at a cost of $2.00 or $3.00 each, depending on the size.

Typical dishes
Roasted or fried Lisa fish accompanied by roasted or fried plantain and salsa: $ 2,50 or $3,00. Arroz Marinero (seafood rice): $4,50


Km 9 General Villamil (Playas) - El Morro Road.
El Morro