April 23, 2021

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Kontiki Expeditions Debuts Inaugural Sailings

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New compact-yacht expedition business Kontiki Expeditions has declared its two start itineraries aboard M/Y Kontiki Wayra. Ordeals are scheduled in 5 provinces along Ecuador’s coast.

The 9-stateroom M/Y Kontiki Wayra (accommodating just 18 friends) will set sail this summer on two eight-day itineraries, “Toquilla” and “Spondylus.” Kontiki Expeditions will transportation visitors to untouristed parts in Ecuador to explore and celebrate the indigenous cultures in just a context of wellness, although using edge of the country’s prosperity of birds, animals, flora, fauna and indigenous foods and adhering to a “neo luxury philosophy” of sustainability and giving back to communities.

Kontiki’s 10 crew customers and two nearby specialists are committed to sustainability and conscious journey. These wellness professionals, naturalist guides and a area chef add to the Kontiki encounter (assume: gastronomic experiences showcasing community chocolate, seafood and produce both of those onboard and on land).

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Gastronomic Activities

Heritage Cocoa Trees (Toquilla itinerary only) – In Bahía de Caraquez, Kontiki visits the tiny community of San Miguel de Sarampión where some of the world’s best sweets are made from heritage cocoa trees a lot more than 120 decades outdated. The indigenous-born trees produce pure Arriba Nacional Fino de Aroma cacao, which is then aged in wood barrels in a procedure equivalent to wine, yielding some of the most expensive chocolate in the entire world. The visit here consists of a tasting expertise with cocoa and community natural products and solutions, well prepared adhering to countryside ancestral traditions and strategy. 

New Latitude Wines (Spondylus itinerary only) – Kontiki travelers will have an opportunity to try out New Latitude wines, affording a comparison to Outdated Earth and New Earth wines. The result of experimentation with existing limestone soils and the distinct weather conditions circumstances in the Playas region, the wine is aged in French oak barrels and develops a exclusive flavor profile. The working experience incorporates a wine pairing and tasting using community create.

Conference Regional Communities of Artisans

Toquilla Straw Hats (Toquilla and Spondylus itineraries)

 – Incorrectly acknowledged as Panama hats, Toquilla straw hats have been manufactured in Pile for much more than 4 centuries by artisan weavers using indigenous Toquilla straw. Kontiki visits the weavers responsible for generating the best and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the entire world, the Montecristi SuperFinos. The Toquilla Straw Hat was designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Planet.  

Ordeals Exploring Ecuador’s Nature and Biodiversity

Isla de la Plata (Toquilla and Spondylus itineraries) – Also known as “Small Galapagos,” Isla de la Plata is a hidden treasure 17 miles off the coast of Ecuador. On its practically 7 sq. kilometers, the uninhabited island harbors blue-footed boobies, purple-footed boobies, masked boobies, Galapagos frigates, sea turtles and other singular species. This stop capabilities trails for exploring the island’s ecosystem over sea level, as perfectly as snorkeling to perspective sea lifetime below. Relying on the year, humpback whales repeated this location.

Buenaventura Reserve (Toquilla itinerary only)

 – Positioned in the Southern location of the coast, The Buenaventura Reserve encompasses more than 1,500 hectares of cloud forest and four distinct microclimates. A guided path walk in the safeguarded subtropical reserve will allow viewing of the habitat’s much more than 320 species of birds, 255 species of butterflies and a diversity of marsupials, reptiles, amphibians and orchids.  

Cultural Ordeals

Agua Blanca (Toquilla and Spondylus itineraries) – A stronghold from colonization, Agua Blanca is a compact settlement that retains the stays of a person of the most historical civilizations in South The usa, the Manteño society of the pre-Columbian interval.  Kontiki explores the traditions of the local community and its preserved archeological artifacts, temples, cottages and plazas courting from 1500 BC. Activities incorporate a swim in a pure sulfur lagoon, whose minerals and mud treatment plans are stated to have medicinal and wellness characteristics, as well as a trail wander with nearby ceibo trees and attainable viewing of howler monkeys, butterflies, hummingbirds and extra flora and fauna.  

Puyango Petrified Forest (Spondylus itinerary only) – Once protected by the ocean, Puyango Petrified Forest is house to an considerable assortment of maritime fossils and petrified wood tht give a glimpse into the past ecology of the planet. A stroll by means of the forest is a journey by way of time, exposing petrified Araucarios extra than 100 million many years aged. Petrified fossils coexist with dwell vegetation and animals in a tropical forest with more than 130 species of birds together with deer, compact leopards, squirrels, foxes, armadillos, amphibians and reptiles.

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