Salinas, is an Ecuadorian city; cantonal head of the Canton Salinas, as well as the largest and least populated city of the Province of Santa Elena. It is located in the center-south of the coastal region of Ecuador, on the edge of Santa Elena, which is the western end of continental Ecuador, at an altitude of 8 masl and with a tropical dry climate of 25 ° C on average.
It is called the "Blue Paradise of the South Pacific" because of its privileged geographic location, for which, the city is considered the most important seaside resort in the country. In the 2010 census it had a population of 34,719 inhabitants, which makes it the 40th most populous city in the country. The city is one of the nuclei of the La Puntilla metropolitan area, which is also made up of cities and nearby rural parishes, among which La Libertad and Santa Elena stand out. The conglomerate houses 170,342 inhabitants.
Weather Cantón Salinas
The climate of Salinas is arid or desert due to an arm of the current of Humboldt that happens through the peninsula. It has two seasons, one rainy and the other dry. The rainy one is between January and April and the dry one in the others. During the rainy season, almost 99% of all the rains of the year are registered; its temperature oscillates, generally, between 21 to 33 ° C.
Fauna Cantón Salinas
You can see birds like: plovers, pelicans, gulls, frigates, storks or cormorants, are described in residents, migratory and irregular, many of these species of birds feed on small fish, aquatic insects and invertebrates that are in place. There is also a colony of sea lions, located in the Punta de la Chocolatera next to the surfing area.
Hydrography Cantón Salinas
The rivers are intermittent, that is, they have water only in times of abundant rain. The main rivers are El Salado and Tambo, which flow into Punta Carnero.
Economic development Cantón Salinas
The economic resources of the population come from work in the State Oil Refinery of La Libertad. In addition they are dedicated to the exploitation of salt wells. Fishing is an important economic activity. Tourism, industry has fishing and commerce are the most important activities of the economy of the most beautiful spa of Ecuador that today projects a modern image that attracts national and international tourism. Artisanal fishing by sea is significant both in domestic consumption and in the peninsular industry. Trade is complementary to market products to cities, as these to meet the internal needs of the canton.
Typical Food Guangzhou Salinas
Ceviches.- Many varieties are offered such as shrimp, shell, fish, mixed, all of them accompanied by patacones and rice.
Shrimp Ceviche.- It is prepared with boiled shrimp, lemon juice, sour orange juice, mustard, tomato sauce, coriander, pepper and paiteña onion. It is accompanied with chifles or canguil.
Arroz marinero.- Contains seafood such as: shells, shrimp, squid and crab, with variations of octopus and clam. Accompanied with fried ripe bananas, avocado, lemon and chili.
Other meals.- Rice with stew and meat, fish bun, onions and green bowls.
Canton Salinas Tourism
Tourism in one of the most vital industries of Salinas and, since recent years, is in constant change and innovation. The city has a growing reputation as a tourist destination due to its privileged location on the seafront. Over the years, Salinas has significantly increased its tourist offer; Currently, the tourism index grew thanks to the tourist campaign undertaken by the national government, "All you need is Ecuador". The tourism of the city focuses on its natural beauty. The city is considered the most important, popular and visited spa of Ecuador, for its beautiful and cozy beaches, first class hotels, clubs, bars, nightclubs and sports centers for tourists. Among the tourist attractions of Salinas are:
Chipipe Beach: It is the widest beach, known and safe in the area, has few waves so it is recommended for children and inexperienced people. Its calm blue waters, the birds, the beach and the tall buildings next to it make the place a very attractive landscape. In the middle of the beach is the "Salinas Yacht Club". It is possible to do snorkeling.7 8
San Lorenzo Beach: This beach offers great waves, making it ideal for surfing. Here there is a variety of crafts and fishing activity. On this beach there are numerous crabs that, when approaching a person, hide in holes made in the sand by themselves.9
Playa de Mar Bravo: This beach is forbidden to bathe, because its waters are very dangerous. The sunsets are the main attraction of the place.10
La Chocolatera: It is located in the Naval Base of Salinas. It is the western end of the city, the canton, the province and the country; It is also the most western point of South America. It's called Chocolatera because of the way the waves burst in the existing caves, forming foam and steam like a cup of chocolate. It has a colony of 20 sea lions and a lighthouse.11 It is part of the Puntilla Santa Elena Coastal Marine Fauna Production Reserve.
The pools of Ecuasal: They are salt wells that give the name of Salinas to the city. Here you can see the process of salt extraction and 116 species of local birds, some migratory.
Salinas Museum XXI Century: Located in Malecón and Guayas and Quil streets, it is known as "The Museum of the Great Peninsula". The Archaeological Hall presents a complete sample of the cultures that settled in this great peninsula, goods of the cultures Valdivia, Machalilla and Engoroy (Chorrera) of the Formative period (4200 BC - 500 BC), Huangala and Jambelí from the Regional Development period (500 BC - 500) and Manteño-Huancavilca from the Integration period (500 - 1530), where anthropomorphic and zoomorphic statuettes stand out, ceremonial and utilitarian vessels, whistle bottles, stone axes, necklaces with beads of Spondylus, whistles and ocarinas and a variety of stamps, both cylindrical and flat. The Naval room exhibits a model of a Manteña-Huancavilca raft, reproduced according to Sámano's description of 1526.