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MANTA AND ITS DEVELOPMENT


Nowadays, Manta is the most important port city in the province and one of the cities with the greatest economic growth in Ecuador.

Manta has the Tarqui and El Murcielago beaches, which receive a large number of tourists, because of their good hotel infrastructure, just like that of the city of Manta itself. Places near Manta are Jaramijo, Punta Blanca, San Mateo and Montecristi.

THE PORT:
This is the part of the city that acts as one of Ecuador's international ports, with all the vigor of its industrial and trade activity, exporting large quantities of tuna, coffee, tagua ivory nuts and cacao, all of which are highly prized in the world market, from its busy wharves. The climate, the marine environment, the coastal range, and the relief of the land are all central to the tourist attractions of Manta and Manabi.

BEACHES TO CHOOSE FROM:
San Vicente, San Jacinto, San Clemente, Puerto Cayo, Puerto Rico, Puerto Lopez, Crucita, Canoa, Cojimies, Pedernales and Jaramijo, are beautiful beaches surrounded by fishing villages along about 300 Km. of the Manabi coast. Much visited throughout the year, they offer peace, tranquility and tasty cooking. The surrounding vegetation consists of mangrove swamps, thickets and woods. Places such as Puerto Lopez and Pedernales have become towns with a good hotel infrastructure and are points of departure for destinations like Machalilla National Park. Inns built from guadua cane and other materials from the region are part of their attraction.

Manta has one of the most impressive beaches in South America, selected as the site of the Sixth South American Windsurfing Championship. It is also famous for its features and facilities for practicing the sports of diving and fishing.

If you are one of the people who visit and enjoy the city and its surroundings by day and relax by night, getting to know and enjoy the bars, we can assure you that you will find all you will need in order to have a great time. There is a selection of first-class night-clubs, entertainment parks and casinos in the city; in addition, the International Theater Festival is held in Manta every year in September, as well as many sports events in the period from November to April.

The typical craftwork in Manabi and its environs, well-known throughout the world, are the original and official "Panama Hats", which are made very near the city of Manta, in the picturesque village of Montecristi. Manta is also famous for its delicious cooking, considered by many to be the best in the country. For those who enjoy seafood Manta has no equal.

EL MURCIELAGO
This lovely beach has a scenic promenade, where there are various restaurants, recreational sports facilities, craft markets, bars and other places for enjoyment. Near the beach are the main banks, hotels and the shopping area of the city. The waters of the beach are good for practicing water sports such as surfing, sailing, body-boarding, and fishing.

The promenade is of modern construction, with restaurants offering all the specialty foods of the region and typical drinks. In the last few years it has become one of the compulsory ports of call for international cruise ships running from the Caribbean to the Latin American Pacific. Bars and discotheques are part of the city, filling up with tourists at weekends. In October, Manta receives dozens of artists who get together in the Chusig Theater for the International Theater Festival.

TARQUI
This is a seafood park area where the most delicious typical foods are prepared exquisitely. In addition, countless sports are played on its beach.

SAN MATEO:
This area of the city is expanding. The people in this village, whose ancestors are from the Manta Culture, devote themselves to craft fishing.

THE SAN LORENZO LIGHTHOUSE:
Broad beaches with a wonderful view from the lighthouse, from which you can see the De La Plata Island. This area is part of an ecological reserve known as Machalilla National Park.

Where to go outside Manta

MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK: Its De La Plata Island is very well known, having a fauna similar to that of the Galapagos Islands (2½ hours from Manta).

MONTECRISTI: the "home" of the famous Panama Hats (15 minutes from Manta).

SAN PLACIDO WATERFALL: a natural waterfall within a forest with incredible fauna. (2 hours from Manta).

LA LOCITA WATERFALL: a natural waterfall located in the town of Junin. (2 hours from Manta).

CARAQUEZ BAY: Fragatas Islands, the Dry Forest of Tropical Orchids, the Island of Birds, the Wetlands of the River Chone estuary, Walks to Punta Bellaca; it also has excellent hotels and places for rest and enjoyment. One of its attractions is sailing on the River Chone in a launch to the San Vicente beach. Other options are to enjoy its beaches and sea-wall or go up to other lonely beaches like Boca Briceño or the Matal. Other interesting places are the River Chone estuary, with the Corazon del Sol and Fragatas islands, and the Banco Central and Casa de la Cultura museums.

PORTOVIEJO
Capital of the province, also known as the city of the "Royal Tamarind", one of its attractions is the Metropolitan Cathedral, together with the San Pedro Senior Seminary. Other sites near the town are the thermal spas El Zapallo and La Peña, La Papayita, San Antonio and Cerro De Hojas, among others.

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