We stayed at Alandaluz for 4 nights in November - the cloudy/rainy season. Although there is a small pool, the weather was much too cold for us to use it or even to swim in the sea. The main building (restaurant and communal area and reception) is a beautifully constructed bamboo and palm leaf structure open round the sides. The grounds are rather small (relevant for birders) but just along the beach was a small lagoon with interesting bird life. The accommodation was either in individual cabins or larger blocks with a number of rooms. Our cabin was spacious and comfortable, with a shower room ensuite with hot water most of the time and lots of open air. It was close enough to the road that from about 5 a.m. the buses and trucks roaring past were disturbing.
The food in the restuarant was delicious with freshly made fruit juices of a wide variety and a good range of fish platters. The staff were very friendly and hospitable and were readily able to get cars for us to be taken to some of the local sites of interest: Agua Blanca on the edge of the Machalilla Park - a volcanic pool (very refreshing for a swim on the one hot day we had) and some great woods for birding. We were lucky to find Rene - a knowledgable local birding guide who took us around the river and forest at Ayampe with great success.
Alandaluz is about 6km from Puerto Lopez a noisy little town which we were very glad not to be close to.
As a pleasant base from which to explore the area, we can give a warm recommendation.
- Also Known As:
- Alandaluz Hosteria y Pueblo Ecologico Hotel Manta
- Alandaluz Hosteria y Pueblo Ecologico Hotel
- Alandaluz Hosteria y Pueblo Ecologico Ecuador/Manta