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Haciendas at the coast: Tropical Plantations


Itinerary

Ecuadorian cacao and bananas are well known worldwide, and grow in exuberant extensive haciendas in the coast. Some of these haciendas in the Guayas province are now open for tourists. They offer the opportunity to be immersed in a tropical ambiance, while learning about the cultivation process of these traditional products. In most cases, the owners of the haciendas themselves welcome tourists and are glad to show them around their properties, share stories of life in the haciendas, and answer any questions related to their plantations. They usually offer fresh juice from the local exotic fruits that grow amidst the extensive plantations and colorful gardens, and delicious typical food. All this is possible in a one-day visit to one of these fascinating haciendas, located 1-2 hours from Guayaquil. Each hacienda offers a unique experience immersed in the exuberance of the Ecuadorian tropics.

Cacao:
Some archaeologists believe that the cacao dates back to the VII century B.C. in the tropical zones of South America, based on evidence found in excavations near to Mayan villages. The Mayas migrated to the Yucatan peninsula and brought cacao to cultivate, and so the Aztecs developed the habit of consuming a drink called “Xocolatl” (“xoco” means hot, and “alt”- drink). The natives considered the “cacahuatl” fruit of divine origin: fruit of the gods. When the Spaniards arrived to America, they were overwhelmed by this delicious drink, and brought it back to the Spanish royalty. Since then, chocolate has become an exotic pleasure for the whole European continent as well as North America.

Bananas:
Three out of each ten bananas in the world are produced in Ecuador! Ecuador first exported bananas in 1910, and has been the first banana exporter in the world since 1952. Ecuador is the first banana provider for the EU and the second for the USA. The country also exports semi- elaborated products such as mashed banana, banana flour, dehydrated banana, flakes and chips. Banana production in Ecuador enjoys several comparative advantages: a favorable climate and adequate luminosity all throughout the year; and deep and highly fertile soils, which means that chemicals or pesticides are seldom used. This is what makes Ecuadorian bananas such a special, high-quality and flavorful treat. The banana business is the largest source of employment in the country: about 12% of Ecuador's inhabitants depend directly or indirectly on this business.


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Prices 2017 per person

Banana Plantation Day Tour::

With minimum 2 people:    138.- USD per person
With 1 person:                  276.- USD

In the price included:
All transfers with private transportation, lunch, entrance fees, Bilingual guide (Spanish/English – German – French – Italian); Duration ca. 8 hours.

Not in the price included:
International flight, airport tax for international flights, meals, personal expenses, tips, beverages, travel insurance.

Cacao Plantation Day Tour:

With minimum 2 people:    249.- USD per person
With 1 person:                  498.- USD

In the price included:
All transfers with private transportation, lunch, entrance fees, Bilingual guide (Spanish/English – German – French – Italian); Duration ca. 8 hours.

Not in the price included:
International flight, airport tax for international flights, meals, personal expenses, tips, beverages, travel insurance.

If you make reservations for a group, for several concurrent services or on certain dates we are usually able to offer special prices on these occasions – Please contact us!

NB: Please read all itineraries as a guide only. All routes and programs can change without notice due to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety reasons and the wildlife encountered during the travel. Flexibility is the key to the success of any tour. Nevertheless the safety and the interest of our passengers is always our first priority.


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