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Manta,

silversea south america cruises manta ecuadorA onetime sleepy fishing village with an unsuccessful history of warding off pirates, Manta today booms with all the hustle and bustle of a medium-sized city. Ecuador's second-largest seaport's newest incarnation is that of a port of call, where large ships stop on select South America itineraries during the December-April season. Organized shore excursions take you shopping in nearby Montecristi, or via a flight to Quito, then overland to the markets in Otavalo.



Shopping

Bertha Pachay

Bertha Pachay, in nearby Montecristi, is one of the area's foremost purveyors of quality Panama hats.

Sights

Malecón


Open-air restaurants and shops front the city's pleasant oceanside promenade, which leads north and south from the cruise-ship docks.

Museo Centro Cultural de Manta


Yet another museum operated by Ecuador's Central Bank exhibits artifacts from the Pacific coast's pre-Inca indigenous Manta culture.