Pacific Coast – Ruta del Sol
Travel along the famous Ruta del Sol. From South to North, this tour shows you Ecuador’s most beautiful beaches, important archaeological sites, an island with a hidden treasure and great wildlife, and much more.
Please note that during summer (from July to September) the weather is rather cold and windy on the Southern and Central Ecuadorian coast. However, it’s the best time of the year for whale watching. The most famous city for whale watching along the Ruta del Sol is Puerto Lopez in the South of Ecuador.
Please note that some parts of the Ruta del Sol were hit hard during the earthquake in April. However, the hotels on this tour are all operating, and tourism to the affected areas will be a great economic help in the reconstruction process.
Number of days: 8
Interests: History, Nature & Wildlife
Total CO2 emission, in lb (per day for cruises): 634
Day 1: Guayaquil - SalinasArriving in Guayaquil your guide meets you at the airport and takes you to a hotel on the beach. In this hotel you spend your first night.
Day 2: Puerto LopezIn the morning you can relax at the beach or by the pool, take walks and discover archeological sites or simply visit the friendly town of Salinas. Your next stop is Puerto Lopez. Enjoy the tranquility on the beach, or the bustling activity in the port, the great, fresh seafood and the laid-back atmosphere of the Pacific.
Day 3: Isla de la PlataThe Isla de la Plata (Silver Island) was named after a silver treasure that Sir Francis Drake is said to have hidden there. It lies just off the coast of Puerto Lopez and is also called "Little Galapagos" because you can find some of the same animal specias and birds here. A special highlight is the whale watching from the ship. During the southern hemisphere's winter, the humpback whales come up from Antartica into the warmer waters.
Day 4: Bahía de CaráquezFollow the Ruta del Sol further north until you reach Bahía de Caráquez. On the way you will pass the Machalilla National Park where you can visit the Agua Blanca community, whose inhabitants guard 5000 year old cultural treasures, which are testimony of the pre-Hispanic coastal cultures. Among other things you can find funeral urns, stone thrones, ceramic ornaments, and more than 600 remains from stone buildings. In the village you will also find a (rather smelly) sulfur lake, whose waters and mud, however, are very good for the skin. Spend the night in Bahía de Caráquez.
Day 5: JamaWhen the tide is low, you leave Chirije via the beach and travel further north to Jama, which was to the one of the most important pre-Hispanic cultures at the coast - the Jama-Coaque. Visit a small workshop/museum, enjoy the tranquil beaches, or just relax to the sounds of the ocean.
Day 6: CojimesThe Cojimes Peninsula is slowly being developed as a tourist destination, having the most beautiful beaches covered with coconut palm trees.
Day 7: TonchigüeToday you reach your final destination, on Ecuador's Northern coast. The great thing about this area is that it is not as affected by the climate change in summer. Enjoy the hotel's private beach and discover the surrounding wildlife in the Galera-San Francisco Marine Reserve.
Day 8: Flight to QuitoEnjoy the morning on the beach, before you take an afternoon flight from Esmeraldas to Quito. You spend the night in the countryside close to the airport.
Price per person: US$ 1537
(based on 2 people traveling)
- 8 nights in double rooms with breakfast
- professional English-speaking guide
- private transportation
- flight from Esmeraldas to Quito
- Meals not specified
- Personal expenses
- Entrance fees
- Spa treatments
- Optional ecursions and activities
- Personal Travel Insurance
- International aifare
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