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Travel Blogs from Manta
Manta is a mid-sized city in Manabí Province, Ecuador. It is the second most populous city in the province, the fifth most populous in the country. Manta has existed since Pre-Columbian times. It was a trading post for the Mantas.
We plan to search out a panama hat ...
... and was advised that Saturdays are the best days to go. Going into this, all I was aware of is that it was the largest street market in South America.
A group of us went on an organised trip and were first taken to the Otavalo animal market, a couple of hours from Quito. I don't think anything could have prepared me for what I witnessed at this market. Stepping off of the bus you are immediately entered into chaos.
... When asked about its significance, our guide, Edison, told us that it represents corn. Corn is the staple of their diets, and most every house in the mountains has its own small field with a few, or several species of their precious maize. Women wear shawls wrapped loosely around their shoulders, and many carry small children across their backs in swaddling cloths, which look like simple sheets.
Edison asked the driver to ...
... moment they huddled together then they both leaped
to another branch to another tree with graceful movement. Then the
others joined them. For a few more minutes we feasted our eyes upon
this group of monkeys, playing, eating and grooming. We stood
silently all looking up with curiosity and amusement. None of us
dared moved, fearing that we might spook the throng.
After we left the monkeys, we came upon
the Tagua, (vegetable ivory) palm ...
... way we were heckled by a cage of chicks and I'm sure they were singing "Vamonos al viaje para buscar los sonidos magicos". Even the animals were getting in on the act now. The market is a bit like Pocklington market, really big, lots of people in traditional dress and it is a major tourist attraction (buses from Quito had arrived for both the animal and craft one). Nevertheless, we picked up some good bargains and Victoria bought a trendy ...