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One Day in Manta

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One Day in Manta

Hi Everyone,

I will be in Manta for just one day on a cruise ship stop. I want to take the day to relax and see the town, sample some good Ecuadorian food (ceviche?) and relax by the water. Can anyone suggest their favorite ideas?

Thanks!

Jeana

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1. Re: One Day in Manta

I was in Manta once...a few years ago. My host brother took me there to meet up with friends. We all walked the street along the water (wonder if it's called the 'Malecon' there like in other coastal cities?)

I don't remember much in Manta that made me go back to visit that city the other times I went back to Ecuador.

How long (how many hours) will you be there? Wonder if you can take a look at a Lonely Planet or Footprint travel book to see what you might want to do there...??

Others may argue with me on this opinion, but make sure your ceviche is made well. Thankfully I'm not a seafood fan 'cause sometimes people can get sick from that dish if all parts aren't made right.

Enjoy your cruise!

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Thanks very much for your note.

Jeana

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Ask a tazi to take you "Flipper" for the best ceviche of your life!

Trust me. Im from there but i now live in NEw york. I go almost eveyr year. But negotiate a price which should be no more than 3 dollars before getting into the taxi.

Enjoy!

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Sounds great!

Is the place on Tarqui beach, or Playa Murcielago?

Thanks again,

Jeana

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5. Re: One Day in Manta

Another thought for your day in Manta - instead of sitting by the beach at the Malecon (there are some beach-side restaurants, and some people and boat watching, but it's not spectacularly interesting), consider taking a day trip to Monte Cristi where the best "panama" hats come from.

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Thanks, Bromelia!

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7. Re: One Day in Manta

Well, DUH. Sorry. This was the post I was trying to reply to.

I guess I better put the info in here too.

Anyway, sorry about moving an old post up, but we will be doing the same. Thing - only one day in Manta from a cruiseship.

There are 4 of us who would like to have a day trip with a English-speaking guide (our Spanish is not muy bueno) to take us to interesting places - like the suggestion about the "Panama Hats".

We'd appreciate any help or suggestions. Thanks.

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8. Re: One Day in Manta

Hi, Jeana - we've been to Manta several times - a nice little town. The Malecon is quite nice - very nice restaurants all along, and we've always had great food. It's a great people-watching place, if you enjoy that - the activity on the beach is almost always interesting and frequently amusing.

I'd recommend a quick visit to the fish market on the beach, slightly north of the Malecon area. The local fishermen bring their boats up onto the sand and off-load their catches - you'll see an amazing variety of seafood there, and they're always happy to see tourists with their cameras.

Also north of the Malecon is the boatyard - it may be one of the few opportunities you'll have to see wooden ships being crafted by hand right on the beach. This is just a few minutes worth of entertainment and picture-taking....after a while it's sort of like watching paint dry, but it's interesting nonetheless.

You may want to pick up a taxi to take you to these spots - it'll be cheap and safe, and walking can take a while in the hot sun. Be sure you're covered with high SPF - the sun is fierce in Manta!

Enjoy!

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Jeana,

Yes, go to the Malecon, the spot for restaurants.

Yes, go to Montecristi, well worth the trip. I speak not spectacular Spanish, but enough to have gotten by and by being adventurous enough to find the "bus station" to take local transport for about $.50. Montecristi was about a half hour ride by bus, including a few stops along the way, so not far. Unfortunately, because I spoke just enough Spanish, I can't recommend a tour guide. The people I encountered were almost exclusively Spanish speaking (other than the US Navy guys at the casino at the Oro Verde hotel, given the Navy at least had a base in Manta).

Keep in mind, at least when I was there about 8 months ago, Manta still has a somewhat "industrial" feel, given its claim to fame being the "Tuna Capital of the World". That said, you'll be able to relax alongside the ocean at the Malecom.

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10. Re: One Day in Manta

Jeanna's post was two years ago, don't you people check before answering she's probably long gone and come back by now ,Anyway just a heads up...Ren