Balandra Hotel Cabanas

Av. 7 y calle 20, Manta, 0203, Ecuador | Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Manta


A travel blog entry by karangi


... br> We decided to ‘hit’ the beach resort area of El Murcielago and then headed for town and the local market before strolling the Malecon back to the ship. A pleasant and uneventful introduction to South America.

Aside – Manta, or more correctly the town of Montecristi just 16kms East of the city is the center of Panama Hat manufacturing. Yes, Panama hats are made in Ecuador.

Tuna Capital of the World

A travel blog entry by lottyh


... the
father of Ecuador,” described Luis while we admire the view of

“Ecuador is unique. We have
twenty-two provinces. We have the Amazon, the Andes, the Pacific
Coast and the Galapagos Islands,” continued Luis.

“It is beautiful,” I said while
hoping we could come back and stay for a longer period.

Claudia and Jaime took us back to the
port shortly before ...

New Year's Eve

A travel blog entry by smarieales

... We walked a few blocks, and watched fireworks and small fires explode all over the city. I told the rest of the people in my group they gave the Fourth of July in America a run for its money. Unlike home, people launched serious fireworks off of their tiny balconies, which are at best ten feet away from power lines. The small fires were created when people burned large paper or wooden dolls that are referred to as Los Años Viejas, or "the old years". The dolls in ...

The Quilotoa loop, Quito and Otavalo. ..

A travel blog entry by hastie_gringo


... more manageable place.....

Smaller, more manageable...but a huge very famous market that half of the western world seems to have come to. First stop, the live animal market. What a sight! Pigs, cows, horses, chickens, guinea pigs, dogs, cats, goats, sheep all for sale. We arrive about an hour after opening, walking past people waiting to board buses with their newly acquired livestock on the way! Amanda almost buys a german shepard pup for $6.....

Then ...

In and around Otavalo open air markets

A travel blog entry by lynsey_and_john


... where we are staying is within walking distance of the markets, so we decided to stop and eat breakfast, and then we would walk around the markets. There is also an animal market that is held every Saturday morning, but I didn't like the idea of visiting a market where I knew the animals were being bought to be killed, so didn't go there. We walked a few blocks and eventually came to a nice little Eco restaurant that was selling breakfast, so I ordered some pancakes with jugo, ...

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