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Manta portManta is the major port along the central Ecuadorian coast in the Manabi province and an important local tourist resort, located in a dry tropical forest area with an average annual temperature of 25 degrees Celsius (77° F). It also serves as the primary industrial port of Ecuador's tuna industry.

In Manta are located the beaches of Tarqui and El Murcielago. Some places near to Manta are Jaramijo, Punta Blanca, San Mateo and Montecristi.

Its main beach, Murcielago, has a modern boardwalk with a variety of restaurants offering local culinary specialties and the region's most delicious drinks. In recent years, it has become a popular stop for international cruise liners sailing from the Caribbean to Latin America. The city has several bars and discotheques, which are often frequented by tourists, especially on the weekends. In October, Manta welcomes dozens of performers who come to the Chusig Theater for the International Theater Festival.

The delicious gastronomy is also one of the main attractions of Manta. A variety of traditional tasty tropical dishes prepared with fresh seafood are served at the main hotels and restaurants in appetizing presentations. Don't miss the "ceviches" of several sea foods, or the exquisite "viche de pescado", which consists of albacore or tuna fish with peanuts, yucca, corn, and sweet potato.

Ecuador Manta shows evident signs of growth, development and progress. It has become a major commercial and holiday resort center.

Its modern infrastructure, including five-star hotels is attracting investment and tourism.

Since 1999 Manta has been used as a military location for U.S. Air forces in unison with Ecuador's in strategic warfare against Colombian drug traffic cartels through surveillance flights as well as being used as a geographical look out point for the U.S.A for any war crafts heading north from the Middle East and Asia.

Montecristi

Manta Ecuador, Montecristi hatNearby is the small town of Montecristi, founded in the early 1600`s. With its colonial architecture, this small town is best known for its wickerwork weaving, and as the birth place of the Panama hat which, although historically produced in Ecuador, hats were first widely distributed from Panama. Montecristi is a great place for shopping for local crafts at a number of shops across from the main plaza, featuring ceramics, wickerwork and of course, Panama hats in a variety of shapes and colors. continues...

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