Silversea Luxury Cruises A Manta

Manta

A 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.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursiones en Manta

Golf at Montecristi (9-Holes)

Embrace the scenic splendour of Ecuador in a relaxing new way during this full-day golfing excursion at the Montecristi Golf Club.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute transfer to the Montecristi Golf Club. This lovely, Kris Savignac-designed enclave features an approximately 14-acre (about 5.6-hectare) clubhouse and driving range facility, along with an 11-acre (about 4.5-hectare) private beach club. The approximately 3,280-yard (about 3,000-metre), 18-hole, Par-72 golf course is adorned with tropical foliage, and mountain and coastal views in the distance.


Upon arrival, begin your relaxing, nine-hole round of golf. At the conclusion of your round, some free time is made available for a comfort stop and refreshments before re-boarding your coach and commencing the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable golf attire with hard spikes and sun protection are recommended; jeans are not permitted. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Scuba Exclusive! Puerto Lopez (Two Tank Dive)

Ecuador is an ocean lover's paradise where beneath the waves, hidden from ordinary sight, is a world that is truly extraordinary. Ecuador's Pacific Ocean teems with a marine bounty few other countries possess, and if you are a scuba diver you will be astonished at the sheer spectacle that awaits you.

Pacific Coast Drive and Puerto López

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately two-hour drive to Puerto López in the direction of Machalilla National Park. Upon arrival, receive your diving and safety instructions, and be outfitted with your scuba diving equipment.


Scenic Boat Ride

Next, embark a boat for the ride to the first dive site. En route, see marine habitats that include cliffs, sandy beaches, rocky shores and low, rugged continental islands. Ecuador has a rich marine life off its Pacific coast, and scuba diving trips from mainland Ecuador are enriching experiences that allow access to some interesting dive spots.


Diving Session

The sea bottom near Ecuador's coast is largely made up of rock, with large coral reefs and patches of sand, and coral fans, or 'gorgonians', in a wide array of colours. The fauna is very rich and varied, with large groups of fish such as angelfish, butterfly fish, trumpet fish, flute fish, jacks, sea bass, puffer fish, balloon fish, morays, snappers, trigger fish, parrot fish, scorpion fish, manta rays, guitar rays, and white tip sharks. You may also spot green marine turtles, sea stars, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers.


Before you return to the pier a box lunch will be served on board.


Upon arrival, re-board your coach and commence the approximately two-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition, and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, insect repellent, an umbrella, towel, swimsuit, and beach or water shoes from the ship. Current dive certification, a signed PADI waiver and medical questionnaire is required to participate on this tour. Diving equipment is provided on this tour. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

The Mantena Village & Machalilla National Park

Embrace the verdant beauty of Ecuador's Pacific coast during this full-day excursion to Machalilla National Park. Visit the small Archaeological Museum in Agua Blanca to view ruins of ancient cultures that settled here, and funeral urns from the Manteña culture and explore the park's dry, mostly primary forest and historic Manteña village.


Coastal Drive and Machalilla National Park

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately two-hour coastal drive south along the 'Route of the Sun' to Machalilla National Park. En route, pass by small fishing villages and tropical forest abounding with opuntia cactus, fragrant palo santo trees, kapok trees and algarroba trees. Michalilla Park is home to the world's largest tropical dry forest, and features unique vegetation that gradually changes in the various elevations from mangroves to dry forest, tropical forest and cloud forest.


Agua Blanca and Archaeological Museum

Your first stop is a visit to the small archaeological museum in Agua Blanca. Here, view the remains of the ancient cultures who had settled on this site. The on-site ruins formed a solar calendar to celebrate the rituals of the winter or summer solstices. The museum also displays funeral urns from the Manteña culture.


Forest and Village Exploration

Next, explore the dry, mostly primary forest, which has unique fauna and flora to this environment. The village is populated by descendants of the Manteña culture, who still live much as their ancestors once did and survive mostly based on proceeds from their community-based tourism project. They live without land divisions between them, and are proud to show off their community and way of life. Proceeds from the tour will be donated on behalf of the Silversea and the guests to the village which will help the people maintain their culture alive.


Los Frailes Beach and Lunch

Following your visit, proceed to Los Frailes Beach for a prepared box lunch overlooking the sun-drenched beach and steep adjoining cliffs. After lunch, re-board your coach and commence the approximately two-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 0.75 miles (about 1.2 kilometres), at times over uneven, muddy and/or slippery terrain, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 10 steep steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, insect repellent, an umbrella and towel from the ship. Guests must be at least five (5) years old to participate on this tour. Proceeds of the tour will be donated to the village on behalf of Silversea Cruises and the guests.

Pacoche Ecological Sanctuary, Cooking Demonstration & Tasting

Discover the splendid traditions, forests and flavours of Ecuador during this memorable, half-day excursion to the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge. Located at only twenty minutes from Manta, the forest is a green patch in the middle of a semi-desert area of the coast of Manabí. Its fascinating microclimate serves as habitat for countless species that are characteristics of the area. Pacoche is well-known for the howler monkeys, and over 250 species of birds, from which, 55 are endemic.

Coastal Forests, Beaches and Towns

Depart the pier for the brief drive to the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge. En route, take in panoramic views of the spectacular dry forest, humid forest, beaches, wildlife, and picturesque typical towns along coastal Ecuador. Experience the climatic change of this area as you ascend to the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge.


Pacoche Wildlife Refuge

Your visit to the refuge begins with a refreshing fruit juice served upon arrival, followed by a guided walking tour along the trail inside this ecological sanctuary. The refuge is home to 31 howler monkeys, and over 152 species of native and regional bird species. Pass by banana plantations, toquilla straw used to weave hats, sugar cane fields and the palms that produce tagua nuts.


Panama Hat-Making and Ceviche Cooking Demonstration

Afterward, see a mill, or trapiche, that is used to extract the juice from sugarcane, then observe a demonstration of a local artisan making a Panama hat from toquilla straw. Following this demonstration, hats are available for purchase. From here, proceed for a ceviche cooking demonstration and an opportunity to sample the ceviche with fried plantains, or patacones, and a cold beer. Your visit to the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge concludes with a brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre), at times over uneven, muddy and/or slippery terrain, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 50 steps at forest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, insect repellent and an umbrella from the ship. Guests must be at least ten (10) years old to participate on this tour. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Cooking Ecuadorian Style & Lunch

Unlock the secret to preparing Ecuadorian specialities during this interactive cooking class with lunch. This small-group experience is ideal for those who want to learn more about the culture and the cuisine of Ecuador. Savour this experience when your reward is to taste the fruit of your labours.


Ecuadorian cooking is famous for enhancing the natural taste of food. Spices are widely used, especially pepper, cumin, coriander, parsley, garlic, "achiote", and more; other seasoning is done with salt and lemon. One of the main sauces used is a chili sauce called "picante" or "aji" which is can be found on the tables at any Ecuadorian restaurant.


Ecuadorian Cooking Class

Depart the pier area for a short 30-minute drive to a local venue. Enjoy an amazing afternoon with a talented local chef who will be teaching you the secrets, tips and tricks of some Ecuadorian dishes and other delicacies. This is an amazing opportunity to have fun with your friends while seeing how to prepare an extraordinary meal.


You then will enjoy this self-made meal accompanied by an Ecuadorian beer and the wonderful scenery.


Re-board your transportation for the short return ride back to your ship.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 30 steps at the sites visited. An elevator is available at the venue. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 10 years old to participate on this tour. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Montecristi by Chivas

Experience picturesque Montecristi in a unique and fun new way during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion by Chivas bus. In Montecristi, Ecuador live a handful of master weavers, the creators of the finest straw hats in the world "Montecristi Panama Hats".


Chivas Bus

Depart the pier aboard a Chivas bus for scenic, approximately 30-minute ride to Montecristi, home of toquilla straw hats, or 'Panama' hats. En route, a local band rides atop one of the brightly-painted Chivas buses, the most important means of transportation used by the local people.

Montecristi

Upon arrival in Montecristi, take a guided tour of this beautiful little town, which still retains the atmosphere and faded elegance of its Spanish heritage. Afterward, some free time is made available here to browse the shops lining the central square and its many narrow streets. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your Chivas bus and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 219 yards (about 200 metres), with a high step to negotiate to get on/off the Chivas bus and five steps at the sites visited. The Chivas bus has wooden seats and is air-cooled. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 3 years old to participate on this tour when accompanied by an adult.

Highlights of Manta

Explore the rich history, culture and people of Manta during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Manta and Archaeological Museum

Depart the pier for a short drive around Manta en route to the Archaeological Museum of the Central Bank of Manta. The museum boasts a small but excellent collection of ceramics of the Manteño-Huancavilca culture that flourished here between 800 and 1550 A.D. Other local art expositions can also be found on display.


Chorrillo and Cabuya Plant-Weaving

Next, re-board your coach and proceed to a cabuya plant-weaving factory in Chorrillo. Your visit is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, as this traditional art is, unfortunately, rapidly dying out. In the past, this vibrant local industry prompted the production of approximately 4,000 cabuya plant bags per day in the Manta area. Today, this is the last remaining factory and produces 200 bags per week.


Montecristi Golf Club and Private Artisan Fair

Your tour continues with a drive along the picturesque seaside promenade, and a visit to the Private Artisan Fair at the Montecristi Golf Club. Observe artisans demonstrating the weaving of toquilla straw hats, or 'Panama' hats, and meet taqua nut carvers demonstrating their skills. The versatile tagua nut is used to produce a number of different eco-friendly products, from traditional handicrafts to jewellery and shirt buttons.


Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 273 yards (about 250 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 45 steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Photo and video are prohibited at the Archaeological Museum.

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