01.- CUENCA – GUAYAQUIL. - Land transportation
from Cuenca to the economical Capital of Ecuador, Guayaquil , founded in 1.538. (1) Accommodation.
02.- 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.
03.- SALINAS – AGUA BLANCA – ROUTE OF THE SUN.-
We will travel north, passing through La Libertad, Ballenita, Valdivia, Montaņita, Ayampe and Salango, 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.
04.- ROUTE OF THE SUN.- Free day to enjoy the beach.
( Options include an 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.
05.- 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.
06.- 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 include (General Conditions):
- • Bus for the entire journey
- • Tour Scort Guide
- • Sightseeings and excursions as per itinerary
- • Site's Guide & Admision to Agua Blanca
- • Foods: 01 lunch + 03 dinner
- • Luggage handling at : hotels (Superior Category)
- • Permanent Assistance
- • Accommodation, privathe bathroom basis, including breakfast
- • 22% Local traxes
- • Tip's to driver nor chauffeur
- • Foods nos specifyed
- • Sightseeing and excursions mentioned as Optional
- • Personal expenses (Laundry, telephone calls, Travel Insurance, etc)
- Pre-post staying (Take a look here)
- (1) Semi-private (Without guide).