The Ecuadorian coast is more than beaches and good food because in that place you can find places of historical and archaeological interest, because there lived for thousands of years aboriginal cultures, there is also a strong agricultural tradition by haciendas many of which He is over one hundred years old. In this guide we want to recommend the best places to learn a little more about the history of the Ecuadorian coast.
Thousands of years ago on the Ecuadorian coast inhabited several very ancient prehispanic cultures many of which were the first inhabitants of this area and are also part of the origin of the population in Ecuador.
Among which we can highlight the Valdivia, Machalilla and Chorrera cultures which knew the sea very well and lived in well-organized communities. A bit of archaeological remains of these cultures are still preserved in several places along the coast, such as the Agua Blanca community,in the Machalilla National Park. Here you can find a museum with vestiges of the Manteña culture that inhabited the area 1500 years ago.
You can also visit the MAAC, which is one of the largest anthropological museums in the country, in the city of Guayaquil, where you can find a large exhibition with nearly 50,000 pre-Columbian pieces belonging to the ancestral cultures of Ecuador. Through them you can learn more about the history and origins of civilization in Ecuador.
Part of the history of the Ecuadorian coast is concentrated in the countryside, due to the presence of cocoa plantations that managed to turn Ecuador into one of the largest exporters of cocoa worldwide. To learn about the history of cocoa in Ecuador, its production and transformation into chocolate you must make an experiential tour in a cocoa plantation.
You can also visit the Historical Park of Guayaquil where you can learn more about the life and daily life of Guayaquil in the early nineteenth century, as it is a historical recreation of life in the city of that time.