A medium-sized land turtle and a stuffed sea lion set the municipal stand for San Cristobal Island, located in the Galapagos. In the background, images of the site projected on a screen showed the variety of the fauna of the Insular region.
Santa Cruz, another site of the archipelago, also has a presence at the international tourism fair held since yesterday at the Convention Center of Guayaquil.
Each of the more than 60 stands arranged in rooms B and C contain edible products, handicrafts, sculptures, hunting tools, typical costumes and utensils characteristic of these two insular localities, of 26 Amazonian sites and 2 inter-Andean ones.
The Tourism International Market (TIM) was inaugurated at 6:00 PM yesterday. Today and tomorrow it opens its doors to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., admission costs $ 3 and half of the children, the elderly and people with disabilities pay.
Within the framework of World Tourism Day, the fair began with a business round that included the participation of 16 national and 7 international buyers from markets in the United States, Spain and England.
At the San Cristóbal Island stand, Jenniffer Martillo, the municipality’s cultural promoter, indicated that visitors to the Interpretation Center receive information on how the islands were created and the history of the archipelago.
She said that one of the busiest places is the Tijeretas hill, which is ideal for sighting frigates and snorkeling.
“In the lower part of San Cristóbal the climate is warm, but in the upper part, ten or fifteen minutes from the central population, there is already a colder climate,” described Martillo.
Visits to the galapaguera (site where turtles rest) in the Cerro Colorado, to the Junco lagoon (reservoir of fresh water in a crater of volcanic origin) are other alternatives for tourists.
After midday, the folkloric group Sumak Kawsay attracted the attention of several of the tour operators participating in the fair.
Coming from the community of Cotococha, Pastaza, the members of the group recreated the dance rune.
The women wore skirts made from the palm of the breast with seeds of caimito, jaboncillo, among others.
Sheyla Chimbo, one of the dancers, said that with these demonstrations they hope to awaken the interest of tourists from the Costa region.
This is also the goal of the mayor of Tena, Kléver Ron, who pointed out that this town has developed infrastructure (inns) around natural attractions such as waterfalls and lagoons.
Tena clay pots are used on the Tena municipal stand to cook wood food.
Between today and tomorrow it is expected to receive 5,000 to 8,000 visitors at the International Tourism Fair.
Friday and Saturday
In the external part of rooms B and C, there will be 20 stands in which there will be a gastronomic offer from Guayaquil and from the Amazonian localities participating in the international fair. (I)