Manta Things to Do
Bahía de Caráquez (The Central Bank Museum) includes an important collection of Manta's Pre-Columbian craft. By the first millennium, South America’s vast rainforests, mountains, plains, and coasts were the home of tens of millions of people. Some groups formed permanent settlements. Among those groups were the Valdivia of Ecuador who were among...more
We had great time with the Buchelis and we lerarned a more than basic spanish thanks to the lovely teachers of this school... A good address to learn this language next to the ocean...On s'est beaucoup amuses en compagnie des Bucheli, directeurs de l'ecole, et on a appris un espagnol plus que correct grace a des profs bien sympas... Une bonne...more
Muy buen hotel por sus habitaciones, comida y atención a los turistas. Me sirvió para organizar...more
Calle 2 Avenida 11 La Ensenadita, frente al Malecon, Frente al Malecon, Manta, 00000, Ecuador
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Ruta del Sol - Machalilla, Puerto Rico Community, Manabi, Manta, Ecuador
Good for: Families
The Cadillac Bar seems to be a popular hangout for Expats. This place, despite being made out of materials like sugar cane and bamboo, has a GREAT atmosphere! There are pool tables, fooz, great music, and a lot of room. THe menu is professional and contains just about every drink you can imagine.
Dress Code: Casual
Everyone on the cruise ship has to take a bus off the pier - either a tour bus which goes from the pier to the destination, or a shuttle bus to the entrance of the port or to a nearby shopping center
When we took the shuttle to the entrance, on the way back the van had a drawing on it that reminded me of the Trix rabbit. The name of the van is Trans Rabbit
There are also city buses within the city. The long distance bus station is behind the Central Bank. Frequent bus service to Guayaquil (4 1/2 hours), ticket value around US$5.00. To Quito (about 10 hours), ticket value around US$7.00. To Portoviejo (1 hour), ticket value around US$1.00. To Jipijapa (1 hour), ticket value around US$1.30. To Bahía de Caráquez (about 3 1/2 hours), ticket value around US$2.50. To Esmeraldas (8 1/2 hours), ticket value around US$7.20. To Santo Domingo (5 hours), ticket value around US$6.20.
Locals of course often use the two wheeled transportation, and you can rent cars, but taxis are cheapRelated to:
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Manta Local Customs
I took a picture of an explanation of the exhibits and this is the translation of it.
Ceramics and Custom of offering food to the Dead
Valdivia, one of the oldest pottery traditions of the New World
Valdivia ceramics was 6000 years ago, one of the oldest pottery traditions and highlights of the continent incorporating religious concepts which were later used by other societies in the Americas
Since then, the use of social, ceremonial and utilitarian ceramics has been an outstanding dimension in Native American culture, it is the expression for ceremonial meals, which even today, is part of events central to the social and religious life of indigenous groups
The habit of giving food and drink in special pots aims to communicate the affection felt for the community of the ancestors and the guardian spirits of plants and animals which mean fertility and abundanceRelated to:
- Historical Travel
- Budget Travel
Manta Warnings and Dangers
The commercial pier where the cruise ships dock is not for tourists. It is a dangerous commercial area with cranes and heavy equipment. It isn't for walking.In addition during the time we were there, an ammonia refrigeration plant on one of the tuna boats exploded, killing several people and causing injuries to others. The port was closed for a...more
You have to be careful at night. don't want to scare nobody but do not walk alone in the streets. groups are good. don't wear flashy jewlery it will be snatched. try to stay in tourist areas. be safe when venturing in unknown areas. take a taxi it is safe and they only charge like 1 or two.more
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Manta Off The Beaten Path
The main thing to see in the Manta harbor area is tuna boats coming in and unloading their catches. This is very interesting, but can only be seen from the deck of a cruise ship, since access to the pier is restricted to those with business there. Also this activity is better viewed from above.more
This is a beautifil beach about 30 minutes South of Manta on the Via a la Costa. It is next to a tiny village, but there is never anyone on the beach. You can just drive your car right up to where you will be sunbathing!Beware of the strong undercurrent and strong waves - this is no joke!!!more
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This visit we got outside the port gates, and I was able to take pictures of local scenery. The picture of Bob waiting for me was really so that I could take a picture of the chess players in the background.I also have pictures of the ceramic for sale on the museum steps, the port entrance from the city side, and an advertisement for Lighthouse...more
We didn't really see much of the city of Manta aside from the port area. It is a commercial city and does not have much in the way of tourist facilities.Although I understand that in the Province of Manabí are 300 kilometers of some of South America's most breathtaking beaches, which led to Manta being selected as the site of the sixth South...more
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