Dolphin and Birdwatching Tour in the Mangrove Forest near Guayaquil

Guided by a Marine Biologist
Guided by a Marine Biologist
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Build a Custom Tour

Looking for something a little different? At Impactful Travel, we specialize in crafting custom itineraries tailored to your unique travel desires and ethical values.

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  • Duration6 Hours (starts 8 am)
  • Group size 1 - 10 pax
  • Starting point your hotel in Guayaquil (only if located in downtown)
  • Bookings at least 72h in advance
  • All year round

Embark on a one-of-a-kind Dolphin and Birdwatching tour from Guayaquil to the serene village of Puerto el Morro. Glide through mangrove forests on a small motorized boat, spot playful dolphins, and marvel at diverse bird species, all while learning about the area’s rich biodiversity from your expert guide.

The Adventure Begins: Journey to Puerto el Morro
Start your day with a comfortable private transport from Guayaquil to the quaint village of Puerto el Morro. Feel the anticipation build as you approach this hidden gem, known for its stunning natural beauty.

Preparing for the Voyage: Safety First
Upon arrival, you’ll meet your knowledgeable guide who will accompany you to the small harbor in El Morro. Here, you’ll be fitted with a safety jacket, ensuring a secure experience as you embark on your adventure.

Into the Mangroves: A Boat Ride to Remember
Board a ‘lancha,’ a small motorized boat, and set sail along the rivers in the reserve. As you glide through the water, your guide will share fascinating insights about the local flora and fauna.

Wildlife Spotting: Dolphins and Birds Galore
Keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins and a variety of bird species that call this area home. The natural beauty of the mangrove forest and the rich biodiversity will leave you in awe.

Wrapping Up: Return to Guayaquil
As the day comes to an end, you’ll make your way back to Guayaquil, carrying memories and perhaps even some photographs of an unforgettable day spent in harmony with nature.

Customize Your Guayaquil Experience

Our flexible timing allows you to combine this tour with other Guayaquil Tours. For example, add a morning or afternoon Guayaquil Walking Tour, providing a comprehensive experience of Guayaquil. 

Finally, if you’re looking to organize your entire trip to Quito and beyond, please get in touch with our team of travel specialists. Let’s make your dream of an impactful travel experience come true – a journey that will leave a lasting impression on you for a lifetime!

Embark on this journey of discovery and transformation with us, because travel isn’t just about seeing new places, it’s about experiencing them in ways that enrich you and positively impact the communities you visit. Join us on this journey of Impactful Travel and make your Ecuador holiday unforgettable.

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What makes this experience Impactful?

This tour is not just an opportunity to explore the rich biodiversity of the mangroves but also supports long-term research programs in Ecuador, making every trip a contribution to meaningful conservation efforts.

The tour advocates for sustainable practices by encouraging participants to bring reusable containers, minimizing waste and promoting eco-conscious behavior.

More than a tourist experience, this tour is a journey into the heart of nature, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for our marine ecosystems. With every booking, travelers are not only immersing themselves in the wonders of nature but also actively participating in the preservation of these precious habitats.


Price Includes

  • Pick-up and drop-off from/to your hotel in the city center
  • Expert GuideExplainations will be given in English and Spanish as the boat will be filled with travelers (10) of different languages
  • Lifejacket
  • Snack
  • Boat ride

Price Excludes

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Frequently Asked Questions

About the Dolphin and Birdwatching Tour in the Mangrove Forest near Guayaquil

What kind of dolphin can be seen on this tour?

A resident population of bottlenose dolphins inhabits the inner estuary of the Gulf of Guayaquil. This population has lived in isolation for thousands of years from other common bottlenose dolphin populations living along the coast of Ecuador. They have evolved in this dynamic environment characterized by high tide amplitude, low salinity, strong currents, and high productivity.

What type of boat is used for the tour?

We use a ‘lancha’, a small motorized boat (like the one depicted in one of the gallery images), to ensure an intimate and authentic experience.

What kind of expertise does the guide has?

The guide accompanying you is a seasoned marine biologist with over three decades of experience studying this endangered dolphin population. Not only has he dedicated years to researching these magnificent creatures, but he has also had the privilege of sharing his knowledge and expertise with tourists for some years already.

Do I need to tip the guide?

Tipping is not mandatory but is always appreciated. If you feel your guide has provided an exceptional experience, feel free to tip as you see fit.

Can I bring my own food and drinks?

Yes, you’re welcome to bring your own food and drinks, although a snack is provided. We encourage you to bring reusable containers to minimize waste.

What happens if there are extreme weather conditions on the day of the tour?

Safety is our top priority. In case of extreme weather conditions, the tour may be rescheduled or canceled, in which case you’ll receive a full refund.

Please note that the itinerary is subject to changes due to weather conditions and operational decisions.

General questions

For questions about booking a tour, prices, preparation for your trip, health and safety or other themes, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you can’t find your question & answer, email us and we’ll add it!

Your Host

Fernando Felix

When it comes to exploring the natural beauty of Puerto El Morro, there’s no better guide than Dr. Fernando Felix. With a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences and a Master’s in Conservation Biology, he’s not just an expert; he’s a passionate advocate for marine conservation.

Affiliated with the Whale Museum of Salinas since 2004 and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador since 2016, Fernando has dedicated 30 years to marine conservation. He’s deeply involved in long-term research programs in Ecuador, focusing on humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins.

What sets Fernando apart is his infectious passion. He doesn’t just guide you through the mangrove forests to spot dolphins and birds; he immerses you in the experience, sharing his deep love and respect for these creatures and their habitats. Tourism is part of his income, and supporting him means supporting his invaluable conservation work.

So, are you ready for an unforgettable, impactful journey? With Fernando, you’re not just a tourist; you’re a conscious traveler contributing to meaningful conservation efforts. Come, be a part of this extraordinary experience.