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Manta Things to Do

  • Central Bank Museum

    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...

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  • Beautiful Beaches of San Lorenzo

    Off the beaten path, the beach of San Lorenzo is a nice getaway. Check out the cafe/inn (Cabanas) on the beach and ask about the rain forest tours nearby. Depending on the time of the year, you can do whale watching as well.

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  • Learn Spanish in Manta - Apprenez...

    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...

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Manta Hotels

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  • Oro Verde Hotel

    Muy buen hotel por sus habitaciones, comida y atención a los turistas. Me sirvió para organizar...

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  • Hotel Lun Fun Manta

    Calle 2 Avenida 11 La Ensenadita, frente al Malecon, Frente al Malecon, Manta, 00000, Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Mantaraya Lodge

    Quito Office: Gaspar de Villarroel 1100 y Av. 6 de Diciembre Edificio Ritz Plaza, Manta, 593, Ecuado

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Manta Nightlife

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    by namastedc Written Mar 16, 2005

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    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

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Manta Transportation

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    by grandmaR Updated Feb 25, 2009

    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 cheap

    Shuttle buses and tour buses assemble Shuttle to the port gate City Bus
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    • Cruise
    • Seniors

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Manta Local Customs

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    by grandmaR Updated Feb 25, 2009

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    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

    MILESTONE
    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 abundance

    First stage Second stage Third stage Time Line Depiction of a burial
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    • Archeology
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Manta Warnings and Dangers

  • Hard Hat Area

    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...

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  • not safe in non tourist areas

    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.

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Manta Off The Beaten Path

  • Tuna Boats

    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.

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  • San Lorenzo Beach

    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!!!

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  • Street Scenes around the Port

    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...

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  • Information

    There is an information place just about a block away from the port. They were able to tell us where the museum we were looking for was (across the street) and they had A/C in there. I don't know what other information they have.

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  • City from Afar

    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...

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