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Approximatley 5¼ Hours
Meals not included
This wonderful journey into the countryside surrounding Manzanillo follows a route between lush green coconut plantations and the Cuyutlan Lagoon.
The captivating scenery of the Sierra Madre mountains and tropical fruit plantations brings you to the salt flats. Watching is one thing; harvesting salt yourself is another, so grab a gata -- a special tool to scratch salt from the flats -- and start raking. Your guide will tell you about the uses of salt, ancient and modern -- it's not just for seasoning your food!
Next, visit a sour lime or papaya plantation to learn what it takes to grow these local fruits. You'll also taste them right here on the farm. A ranchero (worker) tells you about cultivation techniques.
In the community of Armeria, you'll visit the Los Obradores clay-brick factory, where the bricks are mixed from clay in an age-old process, molded, dried and baked in the ovens. Finally, they are cooled and sold to the local construction industry, where they are in high demand. Clay is a favorite building material because of its insulating properties, which help to keep homes cool in the relentless heat.
Head to a local beach restaurant with a great view over the Pacific Ocean. A light snack is served as you enjoy the breeze.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour operates only from December through June.