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Manta is a coastal city located on the Pacific ocean within the Manabi province of Ecuador. Manta is a major commercial and holiday resort center and is the second largest seaport in Ecuador. The city's main industries include tuna fishing, canning, and processing; coffee; tagua nut artwork; cocoa and other products quoted in the world markets. The climate, the marine ecosystem, and the relief of the land are central elements of the tourist attractiveness of Manta.

History

Since 1999 Manta has shared it's airport with the U.S. Air Force in unison with Ecuador in strategic warfare against Colombian drug traffic cartels through surveillance flights in an effort to stop the flow of illegal narcotics.

In 1996 a Boeing 707 cargo aircraft crashed into a wooden church located in Manta. It was reported that amazingly the statue of the virgin remained intact.

Manta was also the host city for the sixth South American Windsurfing Championship in 1991.

Geographic

Manta is an important city at the province of Manabí. It located in a dry tropical forest area.

Manta also serves as the primary industrial port for Ecuador's tuna fishing industry.

Climate

Manta is located in a dry tropical forest area with an average annual temperature of 25 degrees Celsius (77° F) The area has a huge variety of climatic zones attributed to the peculiar ones characteristic geographical like the coast, interandina or mountain, amazon and insular.

During the year, there are two seasons; rainy, and dry.

The rainy season is approximately six months long when it is hot and humid, and occurs from December to May.

The dry season is approximately six months long and occurs during the months of June to November. It is warm but very low humidity.

Get in

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. If you plan to travel by airplane frequent flights from/to Quito and Guayaquil (US$75 round trip).

Get around

Taxi service is inexpensive and you can get to most places from one to three dollars. You can also take buses throughout th city, but with cheap taxis that is the best option for a tourist.

See

The evenings see a hive of activity of partying people, loud music and meandering cars that form around the nearby side streets and main frontage of the Malecón that arcs around the bay. Bathed in constant fresh winds the Malecón is always a pleasant area to walk in the evening and most refreshing in the night breezes.

  • Banco Central Museum, Avenida 8 and Calle 7 (located behind the Bus terminal). displays ceramics from the pre-Columbian Huancavilca-Manteño era culture.


Beaches

El Murciélago
This is the most popular beach area in Manta. It has a a wide variety of restaurants serving seafood and local dishes, bars and other attractions for fun and relaxation. :Recreational aquatic sports such as surfing, diving, sailing, body-boarding, and fishing are enjoyed here as well. The beach is in the vicinity numerous hotels, retail stores, supermarkets, and banking facilities and automatic teller machines.


Regional Beaches

Tarqui
Barbasquillo
San Mateo
La Tiñosa
Santa Marianita
Linguique
San Lorenzo


Tropical dishes

Manta has an amazing selection of fresh seafood. You can find fish, shrimp, octopus, calamari, clams, mussels, prawns, lobsters, crabs and scallops that are especially fresh and cheap. Ceviche and viche de pescado are traditional tropical dishes in Manta. Fresh coconut juice is always available on the beach, and other delicious fresh fruit juices and smoothies are available on the malecon.


=Entertainment

Manta hosts an International Theater Festival in September. There are sporting events from January through April. Downtown you can find first rate night clubs, bars, and casinos.

Do

Learn Spanish and Surfing Academia Surpacifico [2] and Montanita Spanish School [3] provide special Spanish language programs, such as "Spanish and surfing", "Spanish and kiteboarding", medical Spanish, volunteer program. This language school is recognized by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Ecuador.

During the off season you can easily get a beach front hotel room. The cost of your vacation will be pleasantly inexpensive. The people are friendly. If you go during June through August you will enjoy comfortable weather that is not too hot.

Buy

Manta has Paseo Shopping Mall on Avenida 4 de Noviembre. It is a a western styled modern shopping mall including clothing shops, a supermarket, banks and automatic teller machines, movie theater, and food court.

Close to Manta is Montecristi, which has been known for years for their Panama hats. There are numerous little shops selling Panama hats, tagua nut artwork, and other works of artisan craft works made in Ecuador. An English speaking tour guide or taxi driver can be helpful in your shopping.

Restaurants

The people who live in there, they eat at their home. They have their tropic delicious food. They eat rice what cook with the salt and oil. And for the tourist, they always eat in the restaurant.


  • Martinica, via San Mateo. Italian/Ecuadorian typical. Really great food !
  • El Mediterraneo, Malecon. Spanish.
  • Palmeiras, Circunvalacion Norte. Seafood.
  • Restaurant Riviera, Calle 20 and Av. 12. Italian.
  • Club Ejecutivo, Av. 2 and Calle 12 (Banco del Pichincha building).
  • Restaurante Mexicano, Malecón and Calle 15.. Mexican
  • Paraná, Calle 17 and Malecón (close to the port).. Seafood
  • Guen Roku, Malecón and Calle 16.. International
  • Mima, Calle 104 and Malecón.. Seafood
  • Shamu, Calle 11 No 1-12.. Set meals

Drink

Iced coconut water (agua'e coco!!) is very popular due to the hot temperatures. It tastes really good, freshly extracted from the coconuts in front of you.

Nightlife

Manta offers many places to have a great time, many of them in the main street called "Flavio Reyes."

  • Black Daddy One of the famous clubs in Manta, offers good drinks and good music.
  • West End The best place to party. It's a karaoke-bar with the newest songs available to sing and dance that turns into a dance club late at night.
  • Conga The cheapest club in Manta. It offers Latin music such as reggaeton, merengue and salsa as well as electronic music.
  • Krug If you want to have a good time in a bar, Krug is the place. Krug is an outdoor bar with a lively scene.

Hotel

  • Hotel Oro Verde, Malecón y Calle 23, 593-5-2629200 (, fax: 593-5-2629210), [4].
  • Manta Imperial, By Playa Murciélago (on the Malecón), (fax: 05-623016).
  • Cabañas Balandra, Av. 8 and Calle 20, Barrio Córdova, (fax: 05-620545).
  • Mantaraya Lodge, El Telégrafo E10 - 63 y Juan Alcántara. Number of rooms: 15
  • Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Manta Ecuador, Km 1.5 Via Barbasquillo, 593-5262-9999, [5]. Fax: 593-5262-9989 E-Mail: generalmanager14971@wynhg.com 100 rooms starting at 65€ (85$)
  • Hosteria Manta Beach Inn, Calle 127 y Via Aeropuerto, Tel.(593)5-292-3792. - Bed and Breakfast for only $25.

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