History and Traditions
When Christopher Columbus explored the region during one of his first trips to America, he described its beauty and the abundant resources to be explored. Originally a sparsely populated town, there were two consecutive resettlements of immigrants from the Canary Islands and fluctuating periods of instability and growth. By the late 1800s it had developed a very dynamic economy based on the export of wood and agricultural products. It is also home to prominent patriots who played decisive roles in the struggles for freedom, democracy and independence.
Take a stroll through town and experience a sense of place that still remains, reminding us of a bygone era. Its architectural legacy is indicative of the different historical periods, with private homes and public sites that have withstood the test of time. Montecristi also has a beautiful carnival tradition, very singular and extraordinarily symbolic. Magic-religious symbols of purification, value, bravado and relations give a unique identity to this carnival.
Historic Architectural Route | Reloj de Montecristi | Iglesia de San Fernando de Montecristi | Casa Museo Máximo Gómez