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Sites of interest in Manabi

Pata de Parao Mount, Pedernales: This is a protected forest with hills and cloudy wet forests. The peaks exceed 500 (1640 feet) high and are less than 10 km (6 miles) from the beach! It has been declared an important bird conservation site by BirdLife International, Aves y Conservación del Ecuador, CECIA. How to get there: The hills are behind Pedernales. For more information, please contact BirdLife International in Quito, phone No. (593-2) 245-3645.
 
Jama mountains and waterfalls: This is a beautiful coast cordillera located behind the town of Jama. Northwest of Jama is the Tito Santos Biological Reserve (2 000 Ha), with dry forest vegetation and, in the higher parts (up to 500 m, 1640 ft., asl), wet forest. The mountains have lovely waterfalls, 4 km (.5 miles) away from Jama, such as El Salto de Simon and, 15 km (9 miles) away, the Jama River Jump and Bigua Waterfall, around 40 m (131 ft) high. Only 3 km (2 miles) away from Jama is the Archaeological Park, with an incomplete ceremonial pyramid. How to get there: Take a dirt road directly to the east of Jama. For more information, please contact the Municipality of the Jama Canton, phone No.(593-5) 241-0391 or 241-0390. For the Tito Santos Reserve, contact Fundación Jatun Sacha in Quito, phone No. (593-2) 245-3583.
 
Cabo Pasado and Muchacho River: Cabo Pasado has an interesting dry tropical forest near Canoa, from where you can have access to inhabited beaches. In Muchacho River there is an organic farm, community tourism with rural installations and more. Please contact Fundación Río Muchacho for walks in the forest and on the beach in Cabo Pasado, phone Nos. (593-5) 269-2097 or 269-1107, www.riomuchacho.com.
 
Chirije Archaeological Zone: Located 45 minutes from Bahia de Caraquez, Chirije is surrounded by dry tropical forest. During the Bahia Culture (500 b.C – 500 A.D.), Chirije was an important port; it is an archaeological site and a museum where you will find trails and easily watch birds. The Punta Bellaca beaches and the Orquideas Hill are near the archaeological site.
 
Corazon Island and Fragata Island: Both islands are located at the Chone River outlet and have the last remnants of the bay’s mangroves (most are now shrimp beds.) These islands are now the shelter of marine birds. How to get there: You take a motor boat from Bahia de Caraquez or San Vicente. Contact: (593-5) 269-2097 or 269-1177, www.riomuchacho.com.
 
Bahia de Caraquez Museum: Archaeology from the Coast, Cara and Jama-Coaque Cultures, Tuesday through Friday from 09H00 to 17H00, Saturdays and Sundays from10H00 to 14H00. Entrance adults $1.00. Address: Malecón Alberto F. Santos, phone No.(593-5) 269-0817.
 
Cerro Seco Reserve: This is a protected forest in Bahia de Caraquez. Its vegetation is dry with tree species, such as guaiacum, carob tree, yellow Geiger, holy wood, and others. Bird-watching.
 
Saiananda: This is a private park located 5 km (3 miles) from Bahia de Caraquez, on the road to Chone. You will see native animal and plant species. It has lodging and a restaurant. For reservations, please call (593-5) 239-8331.
 
 
 
Punta Charapoto and Peñon del Sol:  These are walks amongst the dry forest and a favorite site for paragliding and hang gliding. It is also a good place to see howler monkeys. The place has a hacienda and archaeological site with tolas. You will find Hosteria San Isidro (Inn). How to get there: It is just north to San Clemente, on the Sun Route.
 
La Boca Mangrove: Located at the Portoviejo River outlet, it is a good place for bird-watching. You have community ecotourism, canoe visits and others available. How to get there: It is located 1 km (½ mile) south of San Jacinto, Sun Route.
 
La Segua Swamp: This is a bird-watching paradise that offers one of the best sights for marine birds. One of the most impressive among 120 species is the Roseate Spoonbill (Ajaia ajaja.) It has been awarded an international RAMSAR wetland status. The marshes are located a few miles from Chone (ask local people.)
 
Manta: this is the main port of the central Coast. It is an active and fun city which has the following main places and activities:
 
-          Central Bank Museum, Manta: Archaeology. Tuesday through Saturday from 09H00 to 17H00.
-          Manta Chiva (open site-seeing truck), phones Nos. (593-5) 261-1195 / (593-9) 872-2791.
-          La Pila: Pre-Columbian ceramics crafts on the road to Montecristi.
-          El Murcielago Beach.
 
Montecristi: Renowned worldwide for its famous Panama Hats, which, now you know, are Ecuadorian, and many other crafts. This is a picturesque and traditional town with very kind people. How to get there: It is located 11 km from Manta, on the road to Portoviejo.
 
The Bathroom of Goddess Umiña, Cerro de Hojas: This is an ancient ceremonial center of the Manteña Culture where you will find archaeological ruins. It has a dry tropical forest and interesting landscape. The site is not yet fully incorporated to the touristic routes. How to get there: It is located on the Montecristi-Manta Road. You get to Cerro de Hojas through Las Palmas village and a 7 km-walk (4 miles) to get to the trails, the natural or human-built wells. You can also get there by La Sequita village (north of Montecristi), where you will see some small lagoons in the middle of the vegetation. Ask for instructions to the local people.
 
Andariveles de Junin: This is a beautiful dry tropical forest where you will see monkeys, especially the howler monkey. How to get there: You take the gravel road from Junin and drive 11 km (7 miles) up to La Abeja de Andariveles; then you take a 30 minute-walk to the Mosca River (ask or contact local guides). You get to Junin from Portoviejo to the north, on the paved road.
 
Pacoche Forest: This forest has interesting semi-wet vegetation and howler monkeys, tagua trees, and palmetto plants, and a beautiful waterfall. How to get there: It is located 26 km (16 miles) south of Manta; take the Manta-El Aromo-Pacoche-San Lorenzo gravel road.
 
Cubaru de Jipijapa Protected Forest: It has 8 170 Ha of wet forest in the high zones (650 masl, 2 130 ft). How to get there: It is located 10 km (6 miles) north of Jipijapa; take the Portoviejo-Jipijapa road and then the Sancan road to Santa Rosa (5 km, 3 miles), from where you walk.
 

Andresillo River Waterfall: This is a beautiful recreational area located 30 km 19 miles) from Jipijapa, in La Union Parish. How to get there: From Jipijapa, go south-east on a road which is paved the first part and then graveled until La Union. From there you take a 7-km (4-mile) walk.)

Daule-Peripa Dam (provinces of Manabi and Guayas): This is a good place for water sports and bird-watching. How to get there: There are many ways – one form the town of El Empalme (Velasco Ibarra) to the village of Estero Grande or Caracoli and Marañon, from where you go to the dam. Another way is from Santa Lucia (between El Empalme and a town called Pichincha, up to Bellavista. Most part of the dam is in Manabi.

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