marimba dance ecuador

The colors and rhythm of the Ecuadorian coast

The Ecuadorian coast is bathed by the Pacific Ocean and its shores are hundreds of fishing villages, unlike the Sierra and Amazon region there is no ethnic or predominant indigenous nationality, rather its inhabitants are mostly mestizos and blacks who descend from slaves who came from Africa are called afrodescendants.

The Afro-descendant population has a strong African influence that is reflected in their clothing, gastronomy and music. Music is an important aspect because it has a great value because it evokes the African roots through the musical instruments that are used. The marimba is an instrument that is very similar to the xylophone and is built with wood from the area along with The maracas and the bongos (African drum) form a very unique rhythm.

As for their clothing, the use of costumes with bright colors also reflects the temperament of the population, which is cheerful and decomposed, in its gastronomy what predominates most are the seafood and the green banana thanks to the richness of its fields and the extensive sea

There are also archaeological vestiges of the pre-Inca cultures and they are assured that they were the first inhabitants of Ecuador among which stand out:


It is a pre-Columbian archaeological culture that developed between 3500 and 1800 years a. C on the western coast of Ecuador The accent is on the Santa Elena Peninsula and also on the Guayas estuary, in Los Ríos, Manabí and El Oro.

The most outstanding thing is that they had the habit and ability to work the clay they obtained from the ground to make beautiful pieces of pottery, among which stand out the female figurines called “Venus” today, which show a special cult to women and women. fertility.


With an antiquity that extends approximately between the years 1,200 and 500 a. C, the Chorrera culture had its original geographical nucleus in the current province of Los Ríos, in the La Chorrera site, located on the eastern bank of the Babahoyo river. Because of its rich artistic expression -represented especially in its ceramics- it can be affirmed that the Chorrera culture constitutes the most outstanding of aesthetics and art in the Late Formative Period.

Huancavilca Culture

The Huancavilca Culture is about seven hundred years old between 800 – 1500. Historians say that the Huancavilcas extracted their teeth at a young age as a sign of sacrifice to their gods, for that reason they called them “the toothless”. They developed agriculture and were excellent warriors. Cacique Huancavilca lived on Puná Island in front of what is now the city of Guayaquil, within what is now the Province of Guayas.

The Ecuadorian coast has a great cultural and archaeological richness, a delicious gastronomy, extensive beaches and very friendly people. The best way to know a culture is through its culture.

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