Provincia de Manabí Travel Guide

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Puerto López

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Bahía de Caráquez

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Canoa

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Isla de La Plata

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Manta

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Montecristi

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Portoviejo

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Crucita

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Jipijapa

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Salango

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Puerto López

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  • Humpback Whales and whale-watching

    Puerto López Things to Do

    June – September is the whale-watching season on the Ecuadorian coast. Puerto Lopez is a good place to do it from and the chance to see many whales is largest in July – August. In Puerto Lopez there are many tour agencies where you can book a whale-watching tour or a tour to Isla de La Plata with whale-watching along the way. I would recommend the...

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  • Hotel Pacifico

    Puerto López Hotels

    I had made no reservation before arriving in Puerto Lopez but hoped it would be okay anyway in the...

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  • From Puerto Lopez to Quito

    Puerto López Transportation

    Before coming to the cost I had planned to take the bus from Puerto Lopez to Quito. The bus company Reina del Camino has got a morning bus which takes 10 – 11 hours and in July 2012 a ticket was $11. The bus makes a stop for half an hour near El Carmen, for people to eat and go to the restroom. In Puerto Lopez the bus leaves from the market and in...

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Bahía de Caráquez

  • From Bahía de Caraquez to Puerto Lopez

    Bahía de Caráquez Transportation

    After a few days of resting in Bahía it was time for me to travel on. I was a bit worried how it was going to go as I had to change buses and I had recently had an operation and could not use my left arm and hand. Louise from Hostal Coco Bongo helped me with the luggage to a taxi which was standing a block away. The taxi ride to the bus terminal...

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  • LA PIEDRA HOTEL

    Bahía de Caráquez Hotels

    We stayed there for carnival thinking it would have been nice to stay in a upscale hotel right on...

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  • Isla Corazon

    Bahía de Caráquez Off The Beaten Path

    Isla Corazon is a heart shaped little island in the Chone River estuary, situated 8km from Bahía de Caraquez. One of the largest colonies of Frigatbirds in South America lives in the mangroves of the island and surroundings. It is an amazing sight to see all these birds where the males, to attract females, inflate their red chest pouch to the size...

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Canoa

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  • My first surf lesson

    Canoa Things to Do

    Canoa is a good place to take surf lessons in and as surfing is something I have never done before I thought it was time to learn how to do. I booked my first surf lesson through Amalur where I stayed. They also have surf boards for rent. The surf instructor was Cedric, a Frenchman who lives in Canoa, and he is also a good friend of Lorena and...

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  • Amalur Hostal Restaurante

    Canoa Hotels

    Amalur is owned by the most kind and helpful couple Diego and Lorena from Spain. Other good things...

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  • To Canoa from Quito

    Canoa Transportation

    There is a night bus from Quito to Canoa and it is said to take only 6 hours. Well, I don’t like to travel by night buses as I can’t sleep on buses and I also want to see the landscape. Reina del Camino has got a day bus to Bahía, which is close to Canoa, and there is also a night bus to Bahía. Unfortunately the day bus doesn’t leave until midday,...

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Isla de La Plata

  • Humpback Whales and whale-watching

    Isla de La Plata Things to Do

    June – September is the whale-watching season on the Ecuadorian coast. Puerto Lopez is a good place to do it from and the chance to see many whales is largest in July – August. In Puerto Lopez there are many tour agencies where you can book a whale-watching tour or a tour to Isla de La Plata with whale-watching along the way. I would recommend the...

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  • Tour to Isla de La Plata

    Isla de La Plata Transportation

    I booked the tour to Isla de La Plata through the hotel where I stayed, Hotel Pacifico. The full day tour was $40 (July 2012). I was picked up by someone at the hotel just after nine in the morning and we walked on to a travel agency further down the Malecón. There we waited for everyone to arrive, 16 tourists and two guides altogether, before we...

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  • Visiting Isla de La Plata

    Isla de La Plata Things to Do

    From the boat we walked over the small beach up to the Park Office, where I think we registered. There you can also find the only bathrooms on the island. Then we started the hike and we all walked together with the guides uphill to a viewpoint and the starting point of several trails. There are four trails, two shorter ones and two longer...

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Manta

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  • Street Scenes around the Port

    Manta Favorites

    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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  • Oro Verde Hotel

    Manta Hotels

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

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  • Information

    Manta Favorites

    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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Montecristi

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  • Photos from the bus

    Montecristi Favorites

    When we visited Montecristi, I tried to take photos from the bus of the town and surroundings. Some of them came out fairly clear. Some of them were blurred because I didn't give the camera time to focus or because the bus was moving too fast. They have the look of an impressionist painting. Some of them though were spoiled by reflections in the...

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  • See how Panama Hats are made

    Montecristi Things to Do

    One of the primary, albeit touristy, things to do is to see how Panama hats are made - they are only made in Ecuador. The less expensive ones are made in factories, but they still make the handmade hats at family factory compounds. The guide will explain the process to you - from the harvesting and boiling of the plants to the dying of the fibers...

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  • Closer to Heaven

    Montecristi Local Customs

    I don't know if it is true or not (because there are other reasons that it could be - like high water table or difficulty in digging), but the guide explained to us that the tombs were built above ground because the local people believed that would put the dead person closer to heaven - so that they would get there faster.

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Portoviejo

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  • Exquisita comida internacional

    Portoviejo Restaurants

    Es un lugar apacible para disfrutar de una excelente comida con sabor iternacional. Se puede deleitar el paladar con los mejores vinos chilenos y recordar una inolvidable cena nocturna. El plato mas sabroso es el ceviche de langostinos, pero tambien puede satisfacer su curiosidad con un cocktail de langosta.

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  • La verde campiña de Portoviejo

    Portoviejo Favorites

    Con los preciosos recursos agricolas que rodean a Portoviejo, no hay mejor forma para que el campesino lleve el sustento diario a sus familias, que labrando la fertil tierra, heredada de sus antepasados. Es que el montuvio, en esta honrosa actividad, encuentra la razon de su vida.El cultivo del plátano y del barraganete son imprescindibles para...

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Crucita

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    by raultobar Written Jun 27, 2007

    Crucita is one of the best places to paraglide, because the winds normally are permament/constant and you can fly for hours.. you can make all kinds of maneuvers, and you can fly from sunrise until sunset with incredible views!

    There are people in Crucita who live to fly! They can help you with the weather conditions and any questions you have...

    FISHERMEN RETURN W/THEIR CATCH PARAGLIDING READY SET GO SOAR WITH THE FRIGATES ABOVE CRUCITA!
    Related to:
    • Whale Watching
    • Hang Gliding
    • Water Sports

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Isla Corazon

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  • Visiting Isla Corazon

    Isla Corazon Things to Do

    As I arrived in Puerto Portovelo I registered and paid $15 (July 2012) for the tour. I know that two people who visited earlier that week had paid $10 each, just being two on the tour, so I thought I was going alone with a guide, but before we left a group of Americans arrived and when it was time for the tour we left in two boats. As the guide...

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  • Birds at Isla Corazon

    Isla Corazon Things to Do

    On Isla Corazon you can see one of the largest colonies of Frigatebirds in South America. It is the Magnificent Frigatebird that can be seen here, but I must say I’m a bit confused. The previous year when I visited Galapagos Islands I learned that the male Magnificent Frigatebird has a purple sheen on their back, while the male of the Great...

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  • Lunch after visiting Isla Corazon

    Isla Corazon Restaurants

    Arriving to Puerto Portovelo for the tour to Isla Corazon I asked if it was possible to eat lunch in the restaurant after the tour. It was if they knew of it beforehand, so I said I wanted to eat when I came back. Back after the tour I got a fruit juice, a soup and a plate with rice, chicken (a few small pieces) and plantains. The lunch was $2...

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Jipijapa

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    by Maillekeul Updated Aug 11, 2003

    I know it would normally be considered as a fool advice but we did not regret it at all ! Empanadas,olives,papas,salchipapas, hamburgers... It is worthwhile !

    Je sais que ce conseil pourrait apparaitre comme un appel au suicide, mais vous n'allez pas le regretter !
    Empanadas,olives,papas,salchipapas, hamburgers... Ca vaut le coup !

    Favorite Dish: Taste the Ecuador Street Food in Jipijapa more than in any other place (our stomach made it through only in this peculiar place : believe us !).
    Furthermore, there are not many restaurants in Jipijapa...

    Testez la cuisine de rue equatorienne a Jipijapa plus que partout ailleurs (notre estomac n'en a pas ressenti les consequences : croyez-nous !).
    De plus, il n'y a pas beaucoup de restaurants a Jipijapa...

    Jipijapa

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Salango

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    by TooTallFinn24 Written Oct 11, 2011

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    The following warning was taken verbatim from the U.S. State Department, Ecuador Country Specific web site as of October, 2011, about recent problems with foreigners and taxis in Ecuador.

    Secuestro Express” Taxi Assaults: Carjackings have occurred in both rural and urban areas. Robberies and assaults involving taxis present a significant safety concern, most specifically in Guayaquil and Manta, but increasingly in Quito since 2009. Foreigners have been and are continuing to be targeted specifically in a particularly dangerous type of crime known as a “secuestro express.” Shortly after a rider enters a taxi, the vehicle is intercepted by armed accomplices of the taxi driver, who is normally complicit in the crime. The accomplices enter the vehicle, threaten passengers with weapons (typically guns and/or knives, but also more recently, pepper spray or scopolamine, a “date rape drug”), rob passengers of their personal belongings and then drive to various ATMs and attempt to withdraw money using the victims’ debit cards. In some instances, victims of a secuestro express were beaten, tortured and sexually assaulted. In one particularly brutal incident, a U.S. citizen was burned with an aerosol can and lighter to try and extract a pin number for their debit card.

    If you find yourself involved in an express kidnapping and/or robbery, it is best to be non-confrontational and cooperate with the perpetrator. Nothing material is as valuable as your life. Following a criminal incident, U.S. citizens are encouraged to immediately file a “denuncia,” or “police report,” with the local police and to inform the American Citizens Services Office at the U.S. Embassy in Quito or U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil.

    To lower your risk of being a victim of carjacking or “secuestro express,” drive with your doors locked and windows rolled up. In the Guayaquil area, where 842 “secuestro express” cases were reported in 2010, it is recommend that you use radio-operated taxi companies such as those listed on the U.S. Consulate General’s website instead of hailing taxis on the street (see more information under “Crime: Guayaquil and Coastal Ecuador” below). In areas other than Guayaquil consider using radio-operated taxi companies or taxis associated with hotels. If you must hail a taxi on the street, increase your security by seeking out taxis that are officially registered and in good condition. Registered taxis in Ecuador are usually yellow, display matching unit numbers on the windshields and the side doors, each printed on an orange placard, feature a taxi cooperative name on the side, and are identified with an orange license plate.

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