Ruta del Sol: Santa Elena to Manta

North of the Santa Elena Peninsula the coastal road stretches for 737 km to Mataje on the Colombian border; along the way are countless beaches and fishing villages, and a few cities. The coastal strip is known as the 'Ruta del Sol' about as far north as Manta. Along it are several archaeological sites and museums, scenic beaches like Ballenita and Olón, the popular surfing beach of Montañita, the forested hills of the Cordillera Chongón-Colonche, not to mention Puerto López, the perfect base from which to go whale watching and explore beautiful Parque Nacional Machalilla. Seaside resorts are busy and more expensive during the temporada de playa, December to April. For further information, see

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