Manta - Manabí - Ecuador

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Manta, officially named San Pablo de Manta, located in the province of Manabí. It celebrates its cantonization every November 4th. It limits to the north and west with the Pacific Ocean. To the south with the Montecristi canton. To the east with the cantons Montecristi and Jaramijó.

It is the first tourist, maritime and fishing port of Ecuador of great importance for the Ecuadorian foreign trade. Here the breeze radiates the morning, the snails sing their best song to the rhythm of the movements of the sea of ​​Balboa. Manta is touristically charming, for its magnificent beaches, located in the heart of the city.

It has a dry subtropical climate, with temperatures ranging between 26º C. in winter and 24º C. in summer. Manta is a magical City with splendor and belief in the future. Its population is dedicated especially to industry, fishing, commerce and tourism that lies in the beauty of nature, the sun and adventure.

Blanket Weather

Manta is characterized by having a subtropical to temperate maritime climate. With temperatures that average between 15 ° C and 31 ° C.
Winter: January to April, is the rainy and hot season.
Summer: May to December, is the dry and cold season.

Flora of Manta

The vegetation is very scarce in the savannas and exuberant in the mountains such as: laurel, guava, fig, palo santo, bamboo cane, straw shawl, orchid, cascol, cactus, cabuya, ceibos, among others.

Manta Fauna

In the area of ​​Pacoche there are animals such as: monkeys, monkeys, rabbits, deer, squirrels, tigrillos, foxes, light parrot, snakes, guacharacas, pigeons, parrots, parakeets and different varieties of birds.

In the marine area there are abundant fish such as: albacore, picudo, shark (toyo), dorado, etc. There are also laboratories of shrimp larvae.

Typical Foods in Manta

Salad rice: This dish contains: shells, shrimp, squid and crab, with variations of octopus, clam and river shrimp seasoned with cumin, pepper, garlic, achiote and onions. It is served with fried plantains, patacones, lemon and aji criollo.

Ceviche: It is one of the main dishes of Ecuadorian food. There is shrimp, shell, squid, octopus, fish or mixed, there is also lobster. It is a dish served cold, with a portion of lemon, chifles (fried banana, cut into thin slices) and a glass of beer.

Fish casserole: It consists of shrimp, octopus, fish, squid, mussels, bananas, peanuts, cilantro, onion, pepper, tomato, garlic, cumin, achiote, salt, lemon juice and the ever present pepper.

Tourism in Manta

El Murciélago beach in Manta

Located north of Manta, in the tourist place you can find gastronomy, handicrafts and more as for example its parties that as usual are always celebrated in large and is where there is more tourist influx.

Playa Los Esteros in Manta

It is a quiet beach ideal for people who want to rest and relax, also from the place you can see the boats of the port.

San Lorenzo beach in Manta

In the place there are not many tourists, which is why it is perfect for those who are looking for a bit of tranquility in contact with the sea.

Rural Beach of San Mateo in Manta

Here you can find the port of the city.

Urban Beach of Barbasquillo in Manta

Come and enjoy an amazing view surrounded by beautiful hotels, this is why it is the best place for those who are looking for accommodation.

Urban beach of Tarqui in Manta

Here you can enjoy the typical food of Manabí as its delicious fresh fish straight from the sea to the pot.

Pacoche Wildlife Refuge

The Coastal Marine Wildlife Refuge Pacoche is located 26 kilometers from Manta, with an exuberant and varied vegetation, where you can breathe pure air that give life to this wonderful landscape.

It has a dry and semi-desert area, with a range of variety of wild species and that have an interesting structure of the resource.

Location Wildlife Refuge Pacoche in Manta

It is 26 kilometers from Manta.

Pacoche Wildlife Refuge Extension in Manta

The forest exceeds 4,500 hectares.

Climate Wildlife Refuge Pacoche in Manta

Dry subtropical, with temperatures ranging between 26 ºC in winter and 24 ºC in summer.

Flora Wildlife Refuge Pacoche in Manta

In this beautiful Manabi corner, you can see exuberant vegetation, where you can breathe pure air and find a variety of trees such as: laurel, guava, fig, guagua, straw, coffee, among others.

Among the own plants that exist in this forest we have toquilla straw, and other wild ones such as cane gadua, palo santo, aromo, laurel, etc.

Fauna Wildlife Refuge Pacoche in Manta

To brighten the environment there are animals such as: monkeys, monkeys, rabbits, deer, squirrels, tigrillos, foxes, light parrot, snakes, guacharacas, pigeons, parrots, parakeets and different varieties of birds, in addition the peasants tell that until a few years ago there was Tiger.

Attractions Wildlife Refuge Pacoche in Manta

• The aquifers found in the forest are located on the river beds, on the banks, they serve all the communes for their needs.

• Ancestral archeology in the Pacoche forest: The Pacoche rainforest, apart from having a rich flora and fauna, is a place where the archaeological vestiges of the manteña culture are found in the mountains, according to the findings made by researchers and the villagers themselves. apparently they have a hobby, excavations.

The Coastal Marine Wildlife Refuge Pacoche has some strata, among which we have arboreal, shrub, herbaceous and epiphytes, allowing a heterogeneous vertical structure.

• Also in the Marino Costero Pacoche Wildlife Refuge, within individual properties there are hollows of several meters deep lined with stone that seem to connect underground with each other; according to what they refer, they served the Indians as rooms.

• San Lorenzo Parish.- Located at 11km from Pacoche, San Lorenzo Parish is located facing the sea. Before reaching the forest of Pacoche, we pass through the site El Aromo, a very humid place where, on November 28 of each year, they celebrate the feasts of San Pedro and San Pablo.

Legend the Goddess Umiña in Manta

The goddess Umiña is a personage of legend of the popular Ecuadorian belief. She was considered the goddess of the health of the Manteña culture that developed on the Ecuadorian coast between 500 BC. C. - 1500 d.C.

Legend Goddess Umiña in Manta

Legend has it that one of the Caciques of the MANTAS tribe called Shygui was married to a humble but very intelligent woman, with whom he had a daughter, who, because of his admirably green eyes, called her UMIÑA. Umiña's mother was a healer and priestess of JOCAY, a job that was also performed by her only daughter.

When Umiña was twenty-one years old, her mother died, leaving her alone with her father. The following year the friends of the Cacique advised him that he would take as his wife another woman, a sorceress of the tribe.

The new wife had no acceptance by the people because of her bad character. All the attention was focused on Umiña, who had dedicated herself to doing good to anyone who asks for her medical and religious services, thus continuing the charity work that her mother had entrusted to her.

Umiña's stepmother felt jealous of her stepdaughter's reputation, in retaliation she decided to bewitch the Cacique, who dominated with his sorceries managed to get Shygui to issue a sentence ordering his daughter to be tied to a raft, taken out to sea for three days and then abandoned without water or food. The Decree was partially fulfilled.

The gratitude that the soldiers kept for Umiña did not allow her death and the next three days, Umiña arrived in a raft to a neighboring tribe from where she was taken home safe and sound by her friends.

A new Decree of his father ordered that it be taken to the highest mountains and be tied and abandoned in the snow, without shelter or food. After three months she appeared again saying that a condor had brought her. The whole town of Jocay received it with great joy, aware of what happened against this benefactress of the town.

The witch, enraged by the mockery she had suffered, wanted to force her husband to order the death of her daughter, but the latter, already healed of sorcery and knowing the evil actions of his new wife, took revenge against her and after punishing her he threw her of the house She threatened him and sentenced him that before three moons he would be dead.

In fact, the time was fulfilled and in one dawn while Shygui slept peacefully, the witch attacked her husband with a knife killing him.

Umiña slept in another house and immediately realized what was happening to her father and called the soldiers to capture the witch.

A hundred soldiers chased her up a little beyond a high hill, who returned saying that they had found her but that the evil woman had turned them into a ferocious wolf.

The cacique was buried in his own house and Umiña crying inconsolably he fell on the grave of his father, refusing to take food, dying a few days, but before he ordered that no one move his body from the place.

The villagers withdrew obeying the order of the Umiña Goddess. Soon they began to notice that the heart of Umiña had not decomposed, transforming itself into a red stone the size of a fist, it was intact with the particularity that at the top had two green points which over time were growing until covering all the heart that was turned into a beautiful Esmeralda.

The new Cacique took the Esmeralda, called a goldsmith so that, from the middle of the emerald upwards, he carved the Bust of Umiña and this was done. He built a beautiful temple so that in that place he may be worshiped as a Goddess.

From the first moments, every sick person who touched the emerald was immediately healthy. The fame of the Goddess of Health came to many parts of the Continent, came from Peru, Mexico and Central America bringing sick and gifts consisting of small pearls and gold dust.

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Ecuador and its unique charms.

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Ecuador country of 4 worlds, in one place...!

Ecuador, officially called the Republic of Ecuador, is a sovereign country located in the northwestern region of South America. Bordered on the North by Colombia, Northwest with Peru, to the South and to the East with the Peru. The Pacific Ocean bathes the western coast, and separates it from the Galapagos Islands located thousand kilometers to the West.

Soo close Quito the capital of the Andes, stands the Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world. It is currently one of the most traditional and culturally better preserved on the planet, it has 5 nominations for the Cultural heritage of humankind, two natural heritage of humanity and over 20 candidates for other commemorations of the Unesco .

History of the Ecuador

The first human settlements in Ecuadorian territory date back to 12 000 to.C., subsequently developed several pre-Columbian peoples. After the definitive independence from Spanish rule, part of the territory joined quickly the Gran Colombia, while the coastal territory remained independent until the annexation by manu militari by Simón Bolívar. In 1830 the Colombian territories of the South seceded and created the Ecuadorian nation.In 1979, the country returned to democratic system, although political instability between 1996 to 2006 led the country into an economic, political and social crisis, resulting in the dollarization of its economy and toppled three Presidents before the end of its mandate.

The Ecuador culture

Rag dolls representing the indigenous culture of Ecuador is a multi-ethnic and multicultural nation.It should consider the ethnic and regional diversity of Ecuador to analyze their culture. Ethnically it is marked by the presence of mestizos and indigenous, Afro-Ecuadorian, white; as well as regions such as the coast, the sierra, the East and the insular region, all of them with very rich specificities.

The Ecuador climate

The country has a tropical and humid climate, the air quality is very good by the presence of large natural forests, national parks, and the Amazon rainforest.

Geography of the Ecuador

Ecuador is located on the terrestrial Equator by which its territory is located in both hemispheres.The country has an area of 283,561 square kilometers. It is divided into four natural regions (La Costa, Sierra, the Amazon and the Insular region or Galapagos), in turn is divided administratively into 24 provinces.
In the Pacific coast are the provinces of Esmeraldas, Manabi, Los Rios, Guayas, Santa Elena and El Oro.In the Andes, in the North and central are Carchi, Imbabura, Pichincha, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua and Chimborazo, in the South are Bolivar, Cañar, Azuay and Loja.In the Amazon, on the other hand are succumbing, Napo, Pastaza, Orellana, Morona Santiago and Zamora Chinchipe and in the island, the Galapagos Islands, made up of 13 main islands region.

The Ecuador economy

Ecuador is a major exporter of bananas (first place worldwide in its production and export), flowers, and the eighth World producer of cocoa.Petroleum accounts for 40% of exports and contributes to maintaining a positive trade balance.

Festivals in the Ecuador

  • Easter, many of the provinces celebrated on this date, with regional events.
  • November 2, the Difuntos.
  • 25 of December day, they celebrate Christmas, sharing in family.
  • 331 December, farewell of the year.

Regions natural of the Ecuador

Amazon rainforest, Andes mountains, Costa and the Galapagos Islands.

Ecuador national parks

Parque Nacional Yasuní, Cotopaxi, Sangay National Park, National Park Podocarpus, El Cajas National Park, National Park Machalilla National Park.

Languages spoken in Ecuador

Ecuador speaks the Spanish throughout the territory, also Quechua indigenous populations of the Sierra and the Amazon, but as it is a country with a tourist infrastructure in development, can be guides in several languages; It is possible to speak in English at the points of attention to tourists called "iTur"; created by the Ministry of tourism also in airports, Bus Terminal, municipalities and others find information points.

Shopping in Ecuador

We recommend going to the handicrafts market of Otavalo, located about 2 hours (120 km) of Quito city, there you can get variety of souvenirs and handicrafts that are found in the rest of the Andean region.And don't forget Cotacachi, a town with cute works in leather of high quality.
In the city of Cuenca also can be purchased pottery, textiles, jewelry, crafts in toquilla straw, wrought iron, etc.

Food typical of the Ecuador

Ecuador has a variety of typical food, in each of the natural regions, such as Costa, Sierra and East have their own typical food, in the East can eat a Chontacuro (worms grilled on skewer), in the Sierra you can eat a delicious "fry pork", a hornado, llapingachos, the Guinea pig, the classic "sing" in Cuenca, and a fish coconut coast, prieta salt, green bolon or ceviche de concha and many more dishes.In Manabi most importantly the food is tanning with lemon and fresh fish.

  • Pope locro, is a stew with squash, beans, corn or potatoes.
  • Roast Cuy or Guinea.
  • Cebiche or ceviche, this dish is very consumed in the coastal area.
  • Encebollado, is a stew of fish containing Yucca and pickled red onions.
  • Cuy or Guinea pig, is usually roasted.
  • Bolón de pescado
  • Bolón, is based green bananas broiled or fried previously.
  • Fritada is another delicious dish of Ecuador.Not be left confused by the name, is not a dish of fried meat.The meat of pig or pork is cooked in plenty of water and orange juice with cumin, garlic, onion, salt and pepper until the water has been consumed to be completed. Then the meat begins to Brown in its own fat. Also is it accompanied by mote (boiled maize).

Drinks and fun in Ecuador

There are many clubs and bars in constant renewal in the country.

  • A reference point for nightlife is Montañita where Sun, surf, beach and joy.
  • In Guayaquil, there are bars and clubs for all tastes.
  • In Quito, the area of fun, dancing, alcohol is known as the Mariscal. Current law restricts the opening of bars and nightclubs on holidays; the days Friday and Saturday until 2:00 am, on Sunday the sale of alcoholic beverages is limited.

Lodging in Ecuador

Ecuador has a good hotel infrastructure for all kinds of tourists, from Hostels up to Super exclusive luxury hotels such as the Hilton Hotel Oro Verde, Sheraton, Wyndham, Unipark, among others. All this is thanks to the good tourist development that has had the country in recent years.
If you need more information about where to stay, we recommend you to enter this link: Lodging in Ecuador and review the tourism infrastructure that exists in all of the Ecuador.

Tourism in Ecuador

Ecuador lies within the countries more diverse in its ecosystem and for this reason National Geographic categorized it within the top 10 tourist destinations in adventure.

Cultural in Ecuador tourist attractions

Historic center of Quito, Mitad del Mundo, Ingapirca ruins, historic centre of Cuenca, Latacunga, and much more.Come and visit Ecuador!

Natural tourist attractions in Ecuador

Galapagos Islands, National Park Yasuní, National Park El Cajas National Park Sangay, Parque nacional Podocarpus, Vilcabamba, bathrooms.
Glaciers and volcanoes: Antisana, Cayambe, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo Illinizas.El is the volcano and highest mountain of Ecuador, is the farthest from the center of the Earth, and «the point closest to the Sun». Its last known eruption is believed that you occurred around the 550 dC.
Beaches: Crucita, Atacames, Bahía de Caráquez, Esmeraldas, Manta, Salinas, Montañita

Chimborazo volcano in Riobamba Ecuador

The Chimborazo is the volcano and the highest mountain in Ecuador, one of the highest snowfall in the Ecuadorian Andes and a suitable place to see a set of mountains that are characterized by their majesty and presence of perpetual snow.

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Galapagos Islands

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Galapagos Islands are worldwide known for their wide biodiversity and for being the point from where Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution.We present you 5 facts that perhaps you didn't know about the Enchanted Islands.

The term "Enchanted islands" first appeared on a map in 1589.Sailors nicknamed thus to the Galapagos Islands, by referring to these "appeared and disappeared", since due to the sea currents strong, access to the Islands was limited at certain times of the year. The nickname transcended over the years and today is still saying that the Islands are "delighted", but referring now to the great biodiversity of flora and fauna.

The Galapagos marine iguana, is the only species of reptile in the world that has managed to adapt to life under water.

The Islands are named for the giant tortoises that live there (the Galapagos word meaning turtle). This species can reach up to 16 hours a day to sleep and mainly feeds on cacti that grow there.

In keeping with the turtles, originally there were 15 species of giant tortoises in the Galapagos, unfortunately 5 of them are completely extinct, so there are only 10. The main threat of the turtles is the human being, who for years has been dedicated to hunting them for their meat and oil.

The Galapagos Islands were part of the second world war! During this war, the Government of Ecuador allowed the United States Government build a runway with strategic aims in the Islands.When the war ended, the Americans abandoned the place. That track currently serves as the main airport of the Islands, which welcomes the year thousands of passengers.