COMUNA DOS MANGAS – SANTA ELENA – ECUADOR
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:
- 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)
- 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.