Costa - Ecuador

Learn about one of the projects that started community-based tourism in Ecuador.

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icon_users  travelers of VSocial partners visited the project*

What is the project about?

It is made up of +86 families, which are currently engaged in community tourism. They receive around 16,000 national and foreign visitors a year, who come to see the remains of the butter culture, to admire the dry and tropical forests or to benefit from the medicinal properties attributed to the waters of its sulphur lagoon.

In the ancestral white water community you will find a resting place, full of ancient knowledge, culture and history.

It is located in the Machalilla national park, Machalilla parish, Puerto López canton, province of Manabí. It is accessed by the coast road, 12 km north of Puerto López. It has a paved road to the town of the commune where the museum is located.

The Machalilla park has an area of 55,095 ha on land where the ecosystem of the tropical dry forest, tropical rainforest and marine ecosystem, including the islands of salango and silver.

The most populated area of the park corresponds to the commune of white water, which has as tourist attractions the archaeological site of the same name, the site museum, and the lagoon that has medicinal properties due to its sulfurous waters.

How is VSocial involved in the project?

VSocial is generating a strategy to strengthen this project so that it can access the community-based tourism certification and thus reach new markets.

What impact does the commitment have?

The project has a direct focus on 85 families in the region.

*All data was determined with best knowledge and conscience on the basis of existing data sets, direct information from the partners and empirical values.


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