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A holiday in Santa Elena allows visitors to explore southwestern Ecuador as well as the capital of both the province and the canton of the same name. The city is famous for containing one of the most important archaeological sites in the country, evidence of the first Ecuadorian culture, Las Vegas. A major draw is the Lovers of Sumpa, the archaeological remains of two bodies embracing each other. Stunning beaches line the coast near Santa Elena, providing plenty of sun-kissed spots for your holiday. Santa Elena is in Santa Elena Province. Use our Ecuador road trip planning site to arrange your visit to Santa Elena and other destinations in Ecuador.
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