It is a canton of the Province of Guayas, Ecuador. Its cantonal head is the city of Naranjal. Land privileged by nature, in addition to its mega diverse flora and fauna that makes it a paradise.
The Canton Naranjal is a fertile land, where agriculture is one of the most important items in the economy, since it has a cultural and natural wealth that is little used to forge the socio-economic development of the inhabitants through tourism. The agricultural and fishing production in the Naranjal canton can be used as a route for tourism in this city, but the potential competition of the canton must be identified and strategies must be created to make Naranjal a highly attractive and competitive area. Its production also generates direct and indirect jobs for Naranjal residents or residents based on the influx of tourists. This undoubtedly improves the quality of life. Local trade is one of the activities that generates many currencies, being a trade dedicated to the purchase and sale of products that provide inputs necessary for shrimp, agricultural and livestock. However, this is not exploited. The main tourist attraction of the Naranjal Canton is the Ecological Reserve "Manglares de Churote".
In this mangrove of plant formation that developed in coastal areas of tropical countries, in saline waters influenced by the tides. The trees that thrive in this environment belong to the Rhizophorraceae family. It is an ecosystem limited by the highest tides of brackish water where diverse flora grows, the mangrove tree is one of them as well as a varied fauna of crabs, shells, oysters, mussels, crabs. So its location is located in the foothills of the Cordillera Molleturo south of the Canton Naranjal, at Km 4 of the Naranjal Machala road on the left. It has a Flora of Platanillo, bijao, ferns, cadillos, bromelias, heliconias, camachos, orchids, palms. Adhered to the ground are lichens, mosses, fungi and pineapples, as well as medicinal plants and against insects.
Flora Cantón Naranjal
As for flora in the sector there are spark, matapalo, cade, clavellin, laurel, river guaba. There are also rock plants such as rock shawls, wild begonias, epiphytic ferns, bamboo, among others.
Fauna Cantón Naranjal
The fauna is very varied, among them are guantas, rabbits, parrots, diverse types of monkeys; there is also a great diversity of amphibians and invertebrates.
Hydrography Cantón Naranjal
The rivers of the Canton of Naranjal that cross the canton are the Tura or Boliche, with its affluent the Culebras, that irrigates the north of the corner, the rivers Cañar and the Naranjal that cross the canton and to the south they run the rivers San Pablo, Balao Chico and Jagua in whose waters live fish like the bearded, old, bocachico and mouse.
Economic development Canton Naranjal
It is an agricultural area. Cocoa, tobacco, sugar cane, rice, coffee, bananas and a great variety of fruits are grown. The existence of industrial woods is important. Cattle and horses are raised in the extensive grassland areas. The raising of pigs and poultry, is a very important economic area of the canton. In the mountains of Naranjal there are monkeys, toucans, parrots, agoutis and other animals. Crab-based dishes and drinks based on cocoa, cane, juice and yogurt stand out in your meal.
Typical Foods Cantón Naranjal
Lomito de Crab: This is one of the typical dishes in the orange grove, which is similar to the salted loin, but is added crab meat, chips and turnip.
Pato Seco: This dish is served with rice, ripe or patacones; It is one of the typical dishes of Canton Naranjal.
Cocoa juice: Six cocoa pods are added to a mesh, the same ones that are pressed, the juice is extracted, then it is placed in a tray with ice.
Las Chozas: The same ones that are made with bijao leaves and cane, where visitors can stop to taste the typical dishes of the Shuar culture, such as the ayampaco of fish, chicken, guanta and beef; and others typical of this region of the Coast, such as rice with chicken, dried fish and fried fish.
The Tuna waterfall, located two hours away from the Shuar Center, a spectacular waterfall of 20 m in height, where the Shuar belief counts, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, is very likely to observe good spirits who purify those who appear to him.
The Pools The Shuar Center has two large pools. The first is 1 meter deep and a temperature is 40º. The second one is 1.50 meters deep and a temperature is 40º. On the site has dressing rooms and several jets of cold and hot water.
Shuar Center of Hot Springs: The Shuar Center consists of a variety of exotic animals is also known for its famous hot springs and its high healing power, they have the Shuar indigenous culture represent their customs with rituals to their God, they are very friendly. The Shuar Hot Springs Center is located 8 km from the Pan-American Highway, passing the Naranjal Canton, at the entrance of Balao Chico, an hour and a half from Guayaquil.
Churute Manglares Ecological Reserve: The Churute Manglares Ecological Reserve is one of the Natural Patrimonies of the Province of Guayas, it is an attraction where a mangrove forest full of fantasy and stories, legends of an enchanted mountain, wrapped in the trills of the birds and howler monkeys, Churute points to the world as a tourist destination. The Churute Mangrove Reserve is located in the Naranjal canton, 45 minutes by car from Guayaquil on the road to Machala.
Cerro Hayas Cerro de Hayas, is one of the tourist attractions of Naranjal province of Guayas, is located in the foothills of the mountain range of Molleturo. It is located 670 meters above sea level. It has a varied vegetation