About six months ahead I contacted Metropolitan for information on booking a day tour for 7 people on a cruise ship to Manta, Ecuador. We set up a customized trip with a stop in the Pacoche Rain Forest, a look around town (not much but included a small museum, street scenes, and an interesting open fish market right on the beach), lunch, and a trip out to Montechristi to see where Panama Hats are really made. The man I corresponded with left the company, but someone else picked up all his e-mails, and we had no problem with the arrangements. We were promptly to the pier by Heike (actually a German) and did enjoy all the sights and a HUGE, delicious lunch. Only complaint is that, after spending a second day in Peru at Guayaquil, a lot of the information we learned there conflicted with what Heiki told us. In any case, a great way to get away from town and see something of the countryside and enjoy a sophisticated and delicious lunch. Reasonable cost compared with any of the ship excursions. Recommended.