Manta´s scenic fishing port.

Cerro Jaboncillo Archeological Site

The archaeological site of Cerro Jaboncillo is unique venue because that allows the observation and comprehension of a distinct and complex society that was established in the area between 900 and 1500 AD.

  • Discover a region rich in pre-hispanic history and cultural heritage.
  • Visit a unique archeological site which allows the observation of a distinct and complex pre-hispanic society.
  • Observe variety of plants in the natural area around the archeological site.
  • Enjoy the beautiful landscape from Cerro Jaboncillo archeological site’s view point.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 3: Active - good mobility needed

  • Duration

    4hrs

  • Max. passengers

    80

  • Booking code

    A-MEC6

  • From

    79 €

  • Notices

    Guests are recommended to wear comfortable light clothing, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. They should bring bug spray and comfortable walking shoes with firm grip. Camera and binoculars if possible.

Our tour today begins with a drive along Manta’s “malecón” or promenade. Our guide enlightens us on the history of this area, which was home to pre-Columbian peoples such as the Valdivia culture, whose fragments of pottery are the oldest found anywhere in South America. The archaeological site of Cerro Jaboncillo is unique because it allows observation of a distinct and complex society that was established in the area between 900 and 1500 AD. This developed society controlled large areas of Guayas and Manabi provinces in Ecuador. The Cancebí-Manteños acquired highly developed levels in their society practices and with their control of the sea extended their culture to the California Gulf, Mexico, Chile and Peru. Visiting this place is an experience that mixes culture, tourism and nature. Located on the eastern slope of Cerro Jaboncillo, the area around the archaeological site features a variety of plants and animals that survive in a unique ecosystem that depends on water cycles, especially in the summer fog. Enjoy a refreshment at the site museum before returning to the ship. 

Practical information: 

  • Language: English, French German (Extra cost for French and German).

  • Included: 1 x 500 ml bottle of water per person on the coach. Includes snack: 1 chip, 1 fruit, 1 tetrapack juice, 1 granola or chocolate bar. 

  • Remarks/requirements: Guests are recommended to wear comfortable light clothing, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. They should bring bug spray and comfortable walking shoes with firm grip. Camera and binoculars if possible. 

  • Walking information: 1500 metes / Terrain: Uneven, steep surfaces and steps. Trails can be very muddy and wet, specially during rainy season (Dec-May) and they cover uneven and hilly terrain; more than 60 artisanal steps to climb up and down. 

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.