01.- QUITO –
SANTO DOMINGO DE LOS COLORADOS – GUAYAQUIL.- Surface departure (1)
to Guayaquil . On route you will be capable to admire the variations of climate, flora and fauna while descending from The
Andes to Tropic. Arrival. Accommodation.
02.- GUAYAQUIL (CITY TOUR).- In the morning visit
to this city, meeting point for Bolivar and San Martin. Rounded by the Guayas river we will look at the pier (Malecon 2.000),
the ancient Las Penas neighborhood with its characteristic colonial style wooden houses and hand-made work iron at its windows.
Centenario Park with its tree's iguanas in the middle of the crowded cit, Watch Tower, Old Lighthouse, Santa Ana Hill, etc.,
as well the modern section with demonstrating us why this is the economical capital of the country.
03.- GUAYAQUIL .- At leisure for personal activities.
(Botanical Garden, the Historical Park , the Cerro Blanco Protective Forest , full day tropical hacienda tour, yacht trip
on the Guayas River , etc.)
04.- GUAYAQUIL – SALINAS.- In the morning,
departure to the Eastern-most point of the continent: The Santa Elena Peninsula with its main beach, Salinas . Along the way
we can observe typical coastal villages. Arrival and lodging. Free afternoon to enjoy the beach. Dinner.
05.- SALINAS – AGUA BLANCA – ROUTE OF THE SUN.-
We will travel north, passing through La Libertad, Ballenita, Valdivia, Montaņita, Ayampe and Slang, with stops for taking
pictures of the beautiful beaches, low plains, bays and coastal forests to the Sulfur Lake, which gets its name from the fact
that it has a 70% sulfur, an inexhaustible fountain of youth that is excellent for preventing the symptoms of conditions like
arthritis and rheumatism. Lunch. In the afternoon, a visit to the Agua Blanca community, a small village in which people live
very similar to the way their ancestors did: the Manteņa culture that buried its dead in special urns, where they were enclosed
in their best ceremonial dress and adorned with earrings, necklaces, etc. There is a small museum where we can see pre-Colombian
ceramics and photos of some of the current residents, with the same facial features represented in the ceramics. A number
of archeological studies have found remains from the formative period (3500 B.C.), ruins of ceremonial temples, houses and
plazas. In the temple, pieces of the famous stone chairs, used by the shamans. Along the way, we will pass the humid and dry
forest of San Sebastian , a true paradise of flora and fauna. Dinner. Lodging.
06.- ROUTE OF THE SUN.- Free day to enjoy the beach.
( Optional excursion to Isla de la Plata: an hour and a half boat ride to the island; depending on the season, on this
ride one can see humpback whales (June-Oct). Also known as the poor man's Galapagos, there is unique flora and fauna on this
island like the blue-footed boobies. This island is not of volcanic origin, but separated from the continent and lodged there.
In the pre-Spanish era, the indigenous peoples used it as a ceremonial center, and it was there that the first vestiges of
the Bahia culture was found). Dinner.
07.- ROUTE OF THE SUN – LA PILA - MONTECRISTI – MANTA.-
Free morning. ( As an option, we recommend a visit to the Machalilla National Park , with its 55,000 hectares, and a picnic
in Los Frailes. Nature hikes to observe the flora and fauna along the virgin and craggy beaches. The interesting thing is
that the plant life can be classified into three categories: rainforest, dry forest and very dry forest – in the same
place!). In the afternoon, a visit to La Pila, a craft center brimming with creativity that generates economic resources
which give the majority of the population the opportunity to live from producing and selling pre-Colombian replicas and other
ceramic and clay objects. Then we continue on to Montecristi, where one visit the town's central park and main church. The
merchants of Montecristi exhibit and sell crafts made out of tagua, wicker, paper fiber and the famous hats made from “toquilla”
straw (raw material for a wide variety of handicrafts and which has not lost its usefulness through the years). Arrival in
Manta, lodging there for the night.
08.- MANTA – STO. DOMINGO DE LOS COLORADOS – QUITO.
- At 8:00 a.m., departure from the hotel from where we will head toward the interior of the country with its
low coastal areas and tropical crops. We will arrive in Santo Domingo de los Colorados, the home of famous shamans (indigenous
holy men), which got its name (los Colorados, the “colored ones”) from the distinctive “hat” that
the natives make with their own hair and a mixture of plant extracts. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon, we will continue
our journey up the Andes and arrive in Quito in the evening.
PRICES PER PERSON IN $ USA (Group: minimum 25 pax)
Suplement: 15dic07/03may08 $USA 14
Prices includes: (General Conditions)
- • Bus for the entire journey
- • Bilingual Courier Guide
- • Sightseeing and excursion as per itinerary
- • Site's Guide at: Agua Blanca
- • Local Guide at: Guayaquil
- • Food: 01 lunch + 03 dinner
- • Admission to: Agua Blanca
- • Baggage handling at: hotels (Superior Category)
- • Permanent assistance
- • Accommodation, private bathroom, including daily breakfast
- • 22% Hotel's local taxes
- • Tips to Guides nor Chauffeur
- • Not mentioned foods
- • Sightseeing's and excursions mentioned as optional
- • Personal expenses (Laundry, telephone calls, Travel Insurance, etc)
- Pre and/or post staying, please
• (1) Semi-private service (Without guide).