He did recover 26 tons of silver from the Spanish ship "Nuestra Señora de la Concepcion", and together with other treasures managed to reach the shores of Plymouth in England. However, nothing is quite clear about him dumping any silver near the equatorial coasts or in the shores of La Plata Island.
Some local guides suggest that the name of the Island comes from the white spot you can see in the horizon when the sun shines over the white bird dung that covers the cliffs of the island in the northern and north-eastern sides. It sounds more credible than the silver story, but the actual treasure of the island are its sea birds and marine wildlife found on this part of the Machalilla National Park and Marine Reserve.
View of Isla de la Plata on the way to Manta
The crown of this queen is certainly the chance to see a Humpback Whale jumping out of the ocean, to take a look at your camera. This experience is only comparable and just as amazing as to being at the summit of Cotopaxi volcano, feeling in your face the first rays of the morning sun. You really must experience this yourself!. We will be happy to organize a great adventure or holiday for you. Visit us at: www.surpasstravel.com, specialized in-land tour operator from Ecuador.