With its breathtaking beaches, delicious maritime cuisine, watersports and colorful nightlife, Manta is a favorite destination of visitors looking for a bit of tropical distraction and relaxation. As Ecuador’s principal international port, Manta boasts an impressive infrastructure of hotels and sites of cultural interest, yet retains the feel of a small town.
At the midpoint of the Ecuadorian coast, Manta is close to various destinations of cultural intrigue and natural beauty, such as the artisan village of Montecristi and the Machalilla National Park. It is also the gateway to the famed Isla de la Plata, aptly termed “the poor man’s Galápagos” (tours start at $40) for its impressive array of flora and fauna, as well as seasonal whale watching.
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