Agua Blanca - Manabí 1/2
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Machalilla Park is located in Manabí (part of the coast of the Ecuador) and has several attractions such as: the Isla de la Plata in front off the coast of Puerto Lopez, Los Frailes beach, Agua Blanca archaeological site, Salango, and the beaches of Puerto Rico and Puerto Cayo. The most representative archaeological places are: Agua Blanca and the Isla de la Plata.

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The community of Agua Blanca is located in the province of Manabi, in the Puerto López canton, Machalilla parish. This community is located 30 minutes from the center of the city of Puerto López, which is a representative commercial and tourist area.

 

Agua Blanca preserves the archaeological remains of the Manteña culture that settled in this territory and adjacent territories from 800 to 1532 A.C. The occupation is ancient; in the place have been reported evidence from the appearance of pottery.

 

In this particular place is preserved large number of prehistoric ruins since Agua Blanca is considered the ancient capital of the Manteño Lordship of Salangome, where thousands of people lived, mainly working in navigation and trade to the coasts of Mexico and Peru. It’s considered that four Manteño Lordships existed in the area during the pre-Columbian era; the current site of Agua Blanca was the largest settlement.

 

Researches have been reviewing the sets of chairs done in U-shaped stone. Scientifics also found evidence of stone foundations that probable belonged to homes, numerous artificial mounds of Earth in different dimensions, usually rectangular and U shaped.

 

It also became known that Culture Manteña buried their dead in special urns, where they were fitted and dressed in their best ceremonial suits, adorned with variety of earrings and necklaces.

 

With regard to the stone chairs of Culture Manteña, they are elaborated in rocks of the geology of the region. Some have based figures of cats and other human figures. They are considered as chairs of shamanism and ceremonial use, others consider that they are power chairs and also they could be used as chairs of deflowering. In addition to this ability of stone carving, the manteños were skilled weavers and potters artisans.

 

One of the points of interest is the Museum in situ, where you can visit some of the aforementioned archeological remains and funerary urns. You can also admire ruins of ceremonial temples, houses and squares in the archaeological area.

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