A ten-minute drive from Bahía de Caráquez will bring you to the Isla Corazón bird sanctuary. This eco-tourism project is located on an island in the estuary that sits just to the east of Bahía de Caráquez. Even if you are new to bird-watching, the guides here will identify the various egrets, gulls and frigates flying above you or making their way through the mangroves. In addition to providing a sanctuary for the birds that live on Isla Corazón, the project is dedicated to protecting the four different mangroves on the island. Before you leave, you'll be able to distinguish between red, white, black and button mangroves.