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Ibarra – Paragliding tourist activity – Laguna Yahuarcocha

Posted on: July 27th, 2018 by opeturmo No Comments

 Ibarra – Paragliding tourist activity – Laguna Yahuarcocha

Ibarra, officially called San Miguel de Ibarra, is an Ecuadorian city; head of the Ibarra county and capital of the province of Imbabura, as well as the largest and most populous city of the same. It is located to the north of the inter-Andean region of Ecuador, in the basin of the Chota river, crossed to the east by the Tahuando river, to the southeast of the Yahuarcocha lagoon, at an altitude of 2215 m. n. m. and with a temperate dry-Mediterranean climate of 17 ° C on average.

It is known as “The White City” for its white façades with which the reconstructed city was blessed in 1872 after the devastating earthquake of 1868. Also called “City that always comes back” for its picturesque countryside, summer weather and kindness of their peoples.

The main activities of the city are agribusiness and food processing such as barley, beet, sugar cane, potatoes, legumes, citrus, vineyards and olives.

Laguna de Yahuarcocha.

In the Kichwa language it means “lake of blood” and it owes its name to the fact that on its shores the last battle of resistance of the caranquis against the invading Inca troops took place. It is said that after winning the battle, the Incas put all the survivors to the knife and threw their bodies into the lake, dying this one with blood. Today, Yahuarcocha has a modern track around it and is home to numerous car races throughout the year. The beautiful natural landscape is used daily by thousands of ibarreños who go out to practice various sports in this place as paragliding flights a tourist activity.

The take-off area is a soft turf platform, the takeoff always depends on the direction and force of the wind is performed in Aloburo, located at 500 meters altitude, as in Yuracrusito at 700 meters altitude.

There is room for several wings (3 minimum); There are 2 suitable platforms for landing in the sector of the town of Yahuarcocha in the excomplejo Mundo Fantástico, depending on the company that operates. Before getting the flight equipment, the adventurers receive instructions on the takeoff and landing.

The flights with tourists are the so-called tandem, in which an expert pilot accompanies the tourist. The duration of the flight can vary from 15 to 40 minutes, depending on weather conditions. It is advisable to wear warm clothes and shoes that protect the ankles.


Posted on: July 24th, 2018 by opeturmo No Comments


Observing the immensity of the ocean, from a height of more than 100 meters, is a magical experience. Opeturmo Tourist operator and paragliding school, who offers paragliding rides from the hill of Playa Bruja, in the sector of Libertador Bolívar, Santa Elena.

This town is located two hours from Guayaquil and most of its inhabitants are engaged in the development and sales of handicrafts. In the town there are about 10 community inns. The intention of the tour operator Opeturmo is to give greater tourist movement to this town.

The takeoff is what most disturbs visitors; Running to the edge of the hill to gain height is the peak moment in terms of the generation of adrenaline, according to the specialist instructor Jorge Mora. Once in the sky, tourists can appreciate from the Salinas wilderness, to the tip of Montañita. The walks last approximately 15 minutes.

Paragliding flights with guide in front of the sea. It is a dynamic flight that is made moving through the skies taking advantage of only the sea wind. And the slope of the mountain that lends itself like a ramp making the wind rise and that allows us to fly like birds

The flights are made in tandem style paragliding (two people), the tourist travels accompanied by one of the instructors. Four professionals are available from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

To climb the hill, you must take a detour that is approximately one kilometer from the entrance to the town.



Posted on: July 20th, 2018 by opeturmo No Comments



Libertador Bolívar is a town located 131 km from Guayaquil, north of the province of Santa Elena, has a length of 3

100 m of beach, its most common flora and fauna are: Cocus nucifera (coconuts), Musa x paradisiaca ( bananas), beach crawlers, gastropods (snail), Pelecanus occidentalis (pelican), Ucides occidentalis (Crab).

In this town, between Manglaralto and Montañita, in the province of Santa Elena, you will find huts, with palm leaves as a roof, to spread out your towel and rest.

It has a wide straight beach, with a slightly steep slope. On the beach there are wooden palapas with cade and in the background, the population and small

hills with dry forest vegetation.

Libertador Bolívar has three bars located on the beach that look the same, but at the same

time they are very authentic: hammocks, palm leaves, bamboo cane and lounge music during the day. And let’s be serious, the Ecuadorian Coast without music is not Ecuador!


Libertador Bolivar is one of the most authentic places in Ecuador, and small enough to enjoy a weekend of relaxation.

Its main economic activity is trade through handicrafts, typical gastronomy and tourism.

Libertador Bolívar is a colorful commune. The hammocks and multicolored lamps decorate the panorama and capture the attention of the drivers; women weave, men tend. Crafts made of shell, wood and cane captivate by applied creativity. The toquilla straw hat is inevitable, the raw material is acquired in Sinchal, a neighboring community, located in the small mountain range.

Paragliding is one of the sports that most attracts the attention of visitors and is practiced in Playa Bruja. The tour is conducted with an experienced pilot. The flight lasts approximately 15 minutes, no experience is needed.

Among its festivities on July 24 commemorate the birth of Simon Bolivar, so they carry out activities for the festivities: on July 20 Libertador Bolívar chooses his sovereign queen.



Posted on: July 17th, 2018 by opeturmo No Comments


Tour operator Opeturmo S.A. located in Libertador Bolívar of Parroquia Manglaralto Cantón Santa Elena, Province of Santa Elena, being one of the attractive places of the spondylus route, they are visited by national and foreign tourists for their gastronomy, crafts, hospedería, boardwalk and especially for lovers of the Adventure tourism in Playa Bruja where the free paragliding and motor paragliding track is located.

The Opeturmo company offers the service to tourists who like adrenaline and adventure sports, giving them confidence to feel safe when performing the tourist activity of paragliding flights.


Opeturmo S.A. located in Libertador Bolívar of the parish of Manglaralto, Santa Elena canton, Santa Elena province, specialized in paragliding flights in different parts of Ecuador, such as on the coast: Esmeralda, Crucita, Canoa, Puerto López, Salinas, Montañita, Guayaquil and La trunk, in the mountains it is carried out in Ibarra, Quito, Baños, Cuenca, Machala.

In Esmeralda, Crucita and Canoa regularly takes place when the tourist requires it.

In Salinas and Montañita depends on weather conditions, for this reason the place where the paragliding activity is most practiced is in Playa Bruja located 10 minutes before Montañita, it is done every day of the year depending on the conditions normally starting from midday.

They also have two types of flights: flight in motor paragliding or free paragliding flight. The free paragliding flight lasts 12 to 15 minutes which is the estimated time to carry out the activity, it rises to a height of 150 to 200 meters. The flight in motor paragliding lasts 15 to 20 minutes, rises to a height of 300 to 400 meters and has a tour of the town.

Sometimes when conditions do not allow it, they have the other place located in San Pedro.

In Guayaquil it is carried out by season that starts from June or July until the month of January, due to rain.

In Ibarra the activity is carried out in the Yahuarcocha lagoon, in Baños in Nitón, in Quito it has two points by cable car and Lumbisí, Parapente Cuenca in Paute.

The tour packages that are made in the operator are made according to what the customer wants, one of the tour packages is the tour to the island of silver plus paragliding the  operator is responsible for organizing according to the possibilities normally the operator is handled more by advance booking from two days to a day the medium used is online, that is, they are handled by social networks (Facebook, Instagram, website, WhatsApp)

The value varies depending on the place where the client performs the activity.



Posted on: July 13th, 2018 by opeturmo No Comments


Located seven kilometers northeast of Manglaralto (Santa Elena), it is located in the community of Dos Mangas, a place characterized by the work of women with straw and men with tagua.

This commune has about 950 inhabitants and characteristics for agricultural and artisanal workers, recognized by its particular traditions, it receives this name because in ancient times the inhabitants were called to the rivers ‘mangas’ and near the town the riachuelos Grande and Colin come together .

The activities have been shared equally, women from very early enter kilometers of their population to obtain straw, traffic and make bags, hats and bread boxes.

The 160 women who dedicate themselves to this task take a day to develop a small portfolio. He uses creativity to design his crafts with striking colors, which he then sells in Montañita and Salinas.

For many women in this community, it is an advantage to have the raw material to work with, since it is the only income that has to pay the expenses.

But the men of Dos Mangas also stand out for the size of all the figures and logos with the tagua.

The process, which lasts six months, consists in starting the wood, then making bracelets, key rings, bows, ornaments, rings, necklaces and earrings of different shapes.

Men and women want their handicrafts to be more recognized by national and foreign travelers.

Paths Las Cascadas and Las Piscinas. It has two services for tourist activities, also for members of the community, as access roads to the company’s sectors.

Among the vegetation of the sector destined to cultivation is the red banana, the white quineo, the silk banana, the bamboo cane, the straw shawl, among other crops of short cycle.

Dos Mangas At 6.5 km from the parish of Manglaralto, walk the path of the Cascada de las Pozas where you can observe a great variety of flora and fauna with the possibility of observing birds and monkeys.

You can choose the following routes:

  1. Cascading route: it is a primary forest of wood, fruit and medicinal species, and a large number of howler monkeys, which can be observed very easily in the winter season (from December to June)
  2. Route of the natural pools: this route has a certain degree of difficulty and slope that crosses several pools formed naturally in the rocky event that records the humid forest with a rock formation that contains stalactites and stalagmites.

Duration of the tour from 3 to 4 hours approx.



Julian Festivities – July 25 – Guayaquil Foundation 2018

Posted on: July 10th, 2018 by opeturmo No Comments

Julian Festivities – July 25 – Guayaquil Foundation 2018

On July 25, the city of Guayaquil celebrates its patron saint festivities of its patron saint, Santiago el Mayor and 483 years of the founding process of the city of Guayaquil, a fact that is remembered locally, nationally and internationally.

That is why during this month the Juliana Festivities are celebrated and Guayaquil becomes the venue for parades, festivals, fairs, concerts and more.

If you visit Guayaquil during your Patron Saint Festivities, you can enjoy a wide agenda of civic and touristic events organized by the Municipal Public Company of Tourism, Civic Promotion and International Relations:

International Gastronomic Fair Roots

The main event that takes place during the Juliana Festivities is the Raices International Gastronomic Fair “that brings together the best of Ecuadorian cuisine and is the largest gastronomic event in the country.

The Foundation Festivities of Guayaquil begin with the Juliano Proclamation, which will go through Malecón Simón Bolívar Avenue.

There will be a group of Bands, from Luis Urdaneta Street and another from Colón Street, and they will meet at the intersection of Av. 9 de Octubre and Malecón Simón Bolívar.

Student musical bands, dance academies, cadets of Educational Institutions, cachiporreras and the Wind Orchestra of the Republic of France School will participate.

Among the main events you can enjoy:

  • Civic Student Parade “Guayaquil is my Destination in its Patronal Festivities” You can also enjoy the traditional Student Civic Parade that runs through the main streets of Guayaquil with allegorical cars, comparsas and dance groups that parade to the rhythm of popular and Guayaquil music. It has three stages and is held every July 25.
  • Nautical Parade on the Guayas River. The Guayas River is the emblem of Guayaquil, for this reason, in its Patron Saint Festivities, there is a Nautical Parade with colorful allegorical boats, which can be seen from the Simón Bolívar Malecón.
  • Tribute for Youth. Each year more than two thousand students participate in the Youth Tribute. An event that takes place at the Alberto Spencer Stadium and that narrates with human slates the milestones that marked the history of our city. There are also dance groups with popular music from Guayaquil.

The Bototillo hill offers a different perspective of Guayaquil, that’s why paragliding and hang gliding fans prefer it. Its climatic and wind conditions are ideal for the practice of free flight.

There, at 305 meters above sea level, that childhood dream of flying like birds finally materializes. And that is, the Bototillo hill, at km 13 of the road to the coast, has turned Guayaquil into the best city in Ecuador to launch in paragliding.

And it is that those who arrive at that place where the flight of the buzzards announces that there is good wind to undertake the adventure, enjoy 15 minutes of a trip that takes them along a stretch of the road to th

e coast. They do not go alone. They launch with a pilot who takes the baton of the route.


On this hill, which can only be accessed in a journey of about ten minutes in a 4×4, there are also experts ‘men birds’ that come from the Sierra or other countries for sporting flights of hours, hang gliding or paragliding.