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The resort itself stretches for several kilometers along the beach, and the malecón is lined with restaurants and bars. On one side it ends at the large Barcelo Colon Miramar hotel; on the other is the yacht club, town plaza and church, while further west is more sedate, but just as pretty Chipipe Beach – a good option for those wanting to escape the crowds during the high season (mid-December through April).


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$145 Day Trips & Excursions

Guayaquil to Salinas and Ballenita Full-Day Trip plus Lunch

This full-day tour will start in Salinas just 150Km from Guayaquil is Salinas, one of the main resorts of our Pacific coast that is known for its beautiful beaches with crystal clear water and white sand that lend themselves to the practice of various water sports. As well as for their modern hotel and restaurant infrastructure offering a variety of meal of seafood, between points of tourist interest is the sea lion, a place of refuge for a small colony of sea lions from the south of Peru. Then visit the Chocolatera (the projection of the coastal profile continental point) where we can appreciate the beautiful contrast produced by the sandy waters within the cliffs that form a kind of cappuccino, this show gives the name to the place, is now a protected area by the state Ecuadorian.Our day continues and we'll visit on the route of Spondylus to the beautiful beach of Ballenita where is located the Farallon Dillon landmark treasured in his gallery's most prized relics and nautical pieces collected during more than 3 decades sailing the seas nautical museum, know about the history and traditions of pirates and sailors, then your viewpoint can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of Ecuador 's coastal profile facing the Pacific Ocean.

$2847.04 Outdoor Activities

12 DAYS ECUADOR CULTURE GROUP TOUR

DAY 1 (D) In the morning you will be visiting the colonial old town of Quito. After you will be visit the equator monument called Mitad del Mundo.  DAY 2 (B,L) You will do a 5 hour hike through the flora of the Andean highlands to explore the Cuicocha Crater. Later, you will visit the famous Otavalo market. DAY 3 (B,L) The train ride will start in Otavalo and will take you to Salinas, where you can explore the culture and history of the Afro-Ecuadorians.  DAY 4 (B,D)You will go to thermal baths of Papallacta. In the afternoon, you will arrive at a cozy lodge middle in a private protected forest. DAY 5 (B,L,D)You will have a hike through the protected rainforest. An expert from Pacari will show you how they make chocolate from local cacao beans. DAY 6 (B,L,D) Early in the morning, you and your guide will hop on a canoe along the Arajuno river to a clay lick to observe hundreds of parrots and parakeets. Then you will drive to a small town in the jungle called Misahualli for a typical Almuerzo. DAY 7 (B,D) After your breakfast, you will drive to an Animal Rescue Center in Puyo to see some tropical animals of the Amazon and to meet monkeys face to face. From here you will head deeper into the rainforest to eventually end up in Macas. Here you can relax in the afternoon in a nice hosteria. DAY 8 (B,L,D) You will viist the Shuar waterfall, where you will try to perform the waterfall ceremony of the Shuar.  DAY 9 (B,L) In the early morning, you will visit the Andean market of Guamote. After the market, you will explore the area and the small villages to have a better insight into the life of the Kichwa community. In the afternoon, you will be heading to Riobamba. * Upgrade option: Train ride over the Devil’s Nose:  After visiting the Guamote market you also have the choice to drive to a small train station of Alausi and do the famous train ride. (+ $ 90 p.p.)DAY 10 (B,L) Today, you will be heading to Riobamba to visit the Chimborazo volcano (6267 m). You will have a stop on 3000-meter altitude to visit the indigenous Kichwa community. From here you are able to hike to the Whymper refuge that is over 5000 meter in altitude. Later in the afternoon, you will be heading to Latacunga. DAY 11 (B,L,D) After breakfast, you will have a short drive to the village of La Victoria. Later, you will continue to the Andean market of Zumbahua. Here you can experience the noisy and chaotic market before you’ll head to the Quilotoa lagoon.  DAY 12 (B,L) You will explore the Cotopaxi National Park. Afterwards, you will have a lunch in the mountain refuge called Tambopaxi surrounded with the Sincholagua and Cotopaxi volcanos before heading back to Quito.

$469 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Guayaquil to Salinas and Montanita 3-Day Tour

Day 1: Guayaquil - Salinas - MontañitasPick up at 7am from your hotel in Guayaquil to Salinas. Once arrived to Salinas we will visit to the "Chocolatera" where we can observe sea lions and several species of birds. Then we will do a city tour of Salinas and its beaches. Time for lunch (not included). Around 2pm we will head to Montañita and check in to your accommodation. Free rest of the day in Montañita to enjoy the beach and the town.Day 2: Montañita - Frailes BeachAfter breakfast at the Hotel we will transfer to the "Frailes" beach and to enjoy a full day at this beautiful place. Day 3: Montañita - Olón - GuayaquilAround 9am, after breakfast at the hotel we will go to Olón where we will visit the "Mirador de Olón". Then you will have free time on the beach or at Montañita Olón. At 5pm we will do the transfer back to Guayaquil.

$190 Day Trips & Excursions

Nothern Andes 'Tren de la Libertad I' Tour from Quito

With seven tunnels dug with pick and shovel and tall bridges across steep canyons, the la Libertad Train offers a unique journey starting from Ibarra, the “White City” to reach the warm Salinas, where we are received to the tune of la “bomba”. In Salinas you’ll discover colorful murals commemorating the history and culture of Afro-ecuadorian people. Visit its museums and enterprises and enjoy the local cuisine in a trip full of memorable experiences. Departure to Ibarra in the afternoon.What is Included?Shuttler from your hotel in QuitoTrain ticket, guidance through the journeyVisits detailed in the itinerary. Travel Tips CLOTHING: A light jacket, walking shoes, hat, sunscreen (SPF 70 at least), sunglasses, camera, cash and insect repellant. ALTITUDE: It ranges from 1,600 to 2,200 meters above sea level. The temperature ranges from 14 ° to 25 °C. IMPORTANT: A guarded parking area is available at Ibarra Station. Ibarra is 126 km north from Quito -2.30 to 3 hour’s drive. In Otavalo there are paid parking lots nearby the railway station. Otavalo is 90km north from Quito –a 2 to 2;30 hours’ drive. IMPORTANT NOTICE: All itineraries are subjected to change due to force majeure or technical, operational circumstances. Please check our policy regarding refunds and cancellations. At Tren Ecuador we are committed to providing the best possible travel experience.

$242 Day Trips & Excursions

'Tren de la Libertad II' Experience: Otavalo - Salinas - Otavalo

 Our Itinerary: -07:30 : Registration at the Otavalo train station. -08:00 : Departure from the train. Music, crafts and gastronomy at the San Roque station and visit to the Imbabura Textile Factory Museum, at Andrade Marín. Visit to wood carvers in San Antonio. -11:25 : Departure from Ibarra to Salinas, crossing the Ambi River canyon and impressive tunnels. -13:15 : Guided visit to Salinas: murals, undertakings, interpretation centers. -14:00 : Typical lunch in Salinas de Ibarra. In the afternoon return to Otavalo by train. -17:55 : Arrive at the Otavalo train station (Domingos up to Ibarra at 16:35 and from this station by bus to Otavalo). End of services

$469 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Train of Liberty, Traditional Market and Cuicocha

FRIDAYTransfer to IbarraTrain of Liberty: Our guide will take you to the train station in Ibarra where you will take the Train of Liberty to the town of Salinas. It´s an amazingly beautiful train-ride through arid mountains, over bridges and through tunnels. In Salinas you will be welcomed by the local Afro-Ecuadorians and enjoy their culture, music and dances. You will also have time for a short visit to the salt museum and get to know all about the salt mining processTransfer OtavaloOvernight at standard hotelSATURDAYAnimal market: Visit the Animal market, a fantastic place to get to know the culture and how indigenous people in the area live.Plaza de los Ponchos: The hustle and bustle of this colorful market is a great experience and you can admire great handmade crafts, ponchos, alpaca blankets and a variety of textiles – this is a great place for souvenir shopping! You can also check out the traditional food market stalls where you can see the fruits and typical products the merchants offer there – you can find some tropical fruits that perhaps you have never seen before.Cuicocha Lake: Visit the volcanic lake of Cuicocha before heading back to Quito late in the afternoonTransfer back Quito