No matter how many times you see it, there are few other sites more spectacular than a watching a 40 tonnes whale leap into the air. Between June and September, just off the shores of the Isla de la Plata, they nearly guarantee such whale sightings. Numerous agencies in coastal towns offer whale watching tours, perhaps no town is better than Puerto Lopez. One can choose to simply look for the massive marine mammals, or combine the day with a tour of the Isla de la Plata and see a few nesting birds as well. Sure, this may not be the Galapagos, but it close enough. And at a fraction of the cost, it could appeal to many.