Parque Lago Recreational Area

Área Nacional de Recreación Parque Lago

History: the park is part of the national system of Protected Areas of Ecuador. It has an extension of 2,283 hectares. The lake was formed by the dam that impounds the waters of the Chongon and Perdido rivers, built as part of the civil works for the transfer of waters from the Guayas River to the Santa Elena peninsula.

Attractions: the natural reserve was declared as protected in 2003 by the Ministry of the Environment, which offers different options for ecotourism. As a recreational space, it combines nature with sporting activities. The green areas are the most striking of the site and can be used for picnics or group barbecues. There are volleyball courts and paths for skating or biking.

Regarding nature, there are 40.600 hectares that comprise the lake, the scrubland and the tropical dry forest, where more than 160 birds live.

Flora: it has deciduous and semi-deciduous lowland forests, and tropical dry forest. Its species include the following types of trees: yellow, native balsam, colorado native, native script, black wood, beldado, native bamboo cane, pigio, ebony, zapote's dog, plum, guayacan, spine of the earth, carob and pechiche.

Fauna: there are 160 species of birds as well as mammals. Among the birds, the most common are the parrots, swallows, frigates, White Herons, Ospreys, Kingfishers, pelicans and the native Woodpecker of Guayaquil.

Among the mammals, there are white-tailed deer, collared peccary, jaguarundi, anteater bear, Armadillo, endemic puma, crab-eating raccoon, mate head, bats of many species and the traditional savanna squirrel of Guayaquil.

Amphibians and reptiles like the Toad, lizard, iguana, common boa and X snake. Among the fish: tilapia, old blue, bocachico, dica, freshwater lobster, clam, snail, estrellita chica.

Activities: In this area the visitor can practice some watersports like canoeing, kayaking and sailboarding. In addition, it is possible to take advantage of its green spaces for family outings, picnic, walking, bicycling or skating.


Km 23 road Via a la Costa.
Mondays to Sundays from 08h00 to16h30.