Manta - Ecuador
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This is a beautiful city of Ecuador that you should visit
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.
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.
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.