Silversea Luxury Cruises À MANTA

MANTA

As home to Ecuador’s second-largest seaport, Manta is a one of the most important economic cities in the country. So, far from rustic shores and a sleepy village, visitors to Manta can expect a modern urban hub, complete with vast beach, high rises, city slickers and lots and lots of fish. This is the city that has a giant tuna statue welcoming its visitors, so it is no surprise that seafood is high on everybody’s list of important things. View more

What was once a small fishing village has today grown into a mighty industry and ultra-fresh seafood – mostly tuna – takes pride of place. Thus, no trip to Manta is complete without sampling at least one of the local dishes. Foodies will salivate at the opportunity of tasting not only amazing tuna ceviche but also exquisitely prepared squid, octopus, lobster and inspired South American style tapas. If tasting the city’s legacy isn’t enough for you, then the Archaeological Museum of the Central Bank of Manta boasts an excellent collection of ceramics of the Manteño-Huancavilca culture that flourished here between 800 and 1550 A.D. Manta’s seafood, beaches and boutiques might be enough for some people, but it is worth noting that picturesque Montechristi is only about 20 minutes away. Jump on a colourful (and colourfully authentic) Chivas bus for the short ride to the home of the Panama hat – which does not originate anywhere near Panama! The enchanting village has retained much of its faded Spanish elegance with its milliners by far its star attraction.

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.

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Excursions depuis MANTA

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.


We are extremely excited to offer this Ecuadorian food demonstration. Join us to have an amazing afternoon with a talented local chef who will be teaching us the secrets, tips and tricks of some Ecuadorian dishes and other delicacies. This is an amazing opportunity to have fun with our friends while see how to prepare an extraordinary meal.


Before the cooking class, enjoy a visit to a local Fish Market to see the fresh produce and learn about the fish you will be using for the Cooking experience, and the head towards a fruit and vegetable market so you can see the local products and handpick the ingredients that will be used in order to prepare the Ceviche for lunch.


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.

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.

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 a 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.

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.

Origins of the Panama Hat

Today you will have the privilege of visiting a local family at their home in this rural community of Pile where the best hat weavers live and work.


Depart the pier and commence the approximately 75-minutes drive to the town of Pile to immerse in the ancient secret of weaving techniques of the toquilla straw, to fabric the well-known worldwide Panama hat, a genuine treasure that begins in the small town of Pile. An introductory briefing will explain the sociocultural characteristics of Pile's traditional straw-hat weaving, emphasizing the status symbols, the ritual logic of the weaving and fabric the hat, and how it outlines, strengthens and delimits the appropriate way of seeing and living the world in Pile.


After, walk through the tiny dirt streets along the town visiting one of the local family of weavers. A demonstration is held in real time and space (weavers' houses, where knowledge is practiced and transmitted ancestrally). You will be witness of the preparation of the toquilla straw to get the fine strands that will become hats. Then a demonstration of the world's finest weaving, in which you can participate, you are allowed to live the experience when trying to knit after they have been taught the technique. The visit is intended to allow the guests to observe and analyze all spatial, symbolic and functional characteristics with respect to the weaving.


Then board the coach for a s short drive to a local near beach where you will take a bite out of Ecuador with a tasting of ceviche, a centuries-old seafood dish typically made with fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices and spiced with peppers. Your sensory experience ends with the approximately one-hour a drive back to the pier.

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.

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.


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 of the howler monkeys, and over many species of native and regional bird-life. Pass by banana plantations, toquilla straw used to weave hats, sugar cane fields and the palm that produces tagua nuts, locally-known as 'vegetable ivory'.


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 tasting and a cooking demonstration. Ecuadorian Ceviche is different from the recipes from other Latin America countries but it is just as much as delicious and special. We can say it is like a cold soup of your favorite sea food (fish, shrim, shells, octopus, crab, etc.) spiced with lemon, onion, tomato and other local species, creating a fascinating mixture of flavors and textures that are certainly worth experiencing.


Your visit to the Pacoche Forest concludes with a drive back to the pier.

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.

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.