One of the attractions of the northern area of ​​Santa Elena are its beaches, but these beaches not only make it attractive to visit.

I left the terminal of Santa Elena and I went to the north of the Peninsula of Santa Elena, almost with the limits of the province of Manabí to a town called La Entrada.

La Entrada has a beautiful beach and its houses with these beautiful murals make this town admired by everybody. If you want to eat an amazing dessert you will have to visit the Dulces de Benito. I will write about this place that is an obligation to stop by the Spondylus route.

This project was born a few years ago with the name Casitas de Colores, devised by a retired American couple who have lived there for almost 9 years. Shell Spivey and Marsha Spivey supported the community members to finish the construction of the new church in the town, which was halted after the 2016 earthquake. To do this, they opened an account that collected donations online (crowdfunding), A glass front was added to provide a magnificent view of the ocean in the new church which along with the beauty of the temple, was ideal for attracting weddings. And now La Entrada is receiving many couples who want to get married here.

in addition, I had heard about some murals that had been created by local and international artists so I decided to go and look for these works that have been shown on the walls of these towns that we found on the Spondylus route.

The next stop is Montañita which its murals are the most visited by national and foreign tourists, these murals that are already a tradition and they are recognized as part of Montañita that we have visited.

Finally, I arrived to Valdivia a town that is characterized by its culture, being the oldest in America for its vestiges that have been found, murals have been made to recover that ancestral culture that for so many years has been forgotten and its population wants to recover again.

In Valdivia you can find the Museum of Valdivia, which is an In Situ museum, and the Calaveras Museum.

The Calaveras museum was created by Don José. You have to pay $ 1 to enter to this museum and Don José gives an explanation of all the pieces that we find here.

Don José told me that he started buying archaeological remains. If he didn’t buy any piece he would go to dig and sell these pieces.

 Years later his activity started to be illegal. Don Jose sold their best pieces to foreigners, after that he had sold their best pieces, he started to think what he can do with the pieces that he could not sell, so he started his museum. He called Museum of the Skulls because He possessed a large number of skulls, but people have stolen a lot of them.

A visit that will please a lot in this route of colors, fun and culture. Places that we must keep in mind in our next visit to the Spondylus route.

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