Day 1: On mainland Ecuador, the Churute Mangrove Reserve (120,000 acres) serves as the largest mangrove reserve in the country.
The natural salt flats of the Manglares-Churute serve as popular feeding spots for roseate spoonbills, ospreys, egrets, and even crocodiles with beautiful fan shaped tails.
The mangroves work in partnership with the crabs. Leaves that are sacrificed to soak up the salt in the plant fall to the ground to serve as the food source for the crabs.
A dense forest surrounds the salt flats making homes for Howler Monkeys, sloths, termites and a host of other creatures, including mosquitoes who found us quite tasty!