Ecuador Puerto Bolivar

Ecuador Puerto Bolivar is a beautiful port surrounded by mangroves. It is the starting point to visit the Jambeli beaches.


Puerto Bolivar is the largest port for banana and shrimp Exportations in Ecuador.

The port authorities were created in 1970. The amplification of the Port began in November of 1974 with the construction of the marginal docks in an extension of 360 mts, this way the capacity was enlarged from the Port to four berths.

The second part of the amplification consists on the construction of two berths of 200 meters each one and the adaptation of the existent facilities to modernize the facilities of the port.

At Puerto Bolivar not only will you be able to see the shrimp and banana trade in action, but there are numerous harbor restaurants where you will be able to enjoy good seafood while you look out at the protective and natural mangrove swamps surrounding the harbor.

Jambeli Beach

Jambeli is visited by many people from the highlands of Ecuador especially in February when it is hot and humid. Small hotels and restaurants offer basic facilities for visitors.

It is an interesting ride from Ecuador Puerto Bolivar through mangroves to get to the dock on Jambeli Island.

You'll have to walk about a block to the west side of the Island to enjoy the its beach.

You can easily do this as a day trip. If you want to stay over on Jambeli, you can take a backpack, or small suitcase on the boat over, but expect to throw it on the front of the boat as there is not a lot of room where the passengers sit for luggage.

Marine Museum

Is located in the Jambeli Islands. The exhibit is made of over 500 pieces on display, divided into mollusks, crustaceans, echinoderms, corals, algae, fishes, whale bones and sea fossils.

The majority of the collection was found in the Ecuadorian coastline and a 10% from other countries.

Isla del Amor

Also worth seeing near Puerto Bolivar is the Isla del Amor which has an abundant birdlife.

You can rent a canoe and paddle around the mangrove swamps on your own or take a motorized boat tour from the harbor.

You can also visit other beaches such as Playa Bravita (35 minutes), or to Costa Rica (2 hours).

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)
With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading! There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands
Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers. Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World
Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in. Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands
If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier. But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you. Small, well-priced, and reliable!

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire
The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table. This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!

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