- Drycleaning onsite
- Minbar in room
- Continental Breakfast
- Outdoor pool
- Room service
TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel Vistalmar Manta
Travel Blogs from Manta
... to Middle of the World. It is almost like a theme park to the equator. It had a huge momument, many stores and restaurants, various types of museum buildings, and far more visitors. This is where they used to think the equator was when a French-led expedition did scientific tests here in the late 1700s. This led to the idenfication of the equator, which helped create the metric system, and proved that the world is not round, but rather bulges at ...
We finally got our laundry back.
It cost $9 for someone to wash every bit of clothing that we brought with us, except what we were currently wearing. The problem was that it took 3 1/2 days to get it done so there was a bit of redundancy in our daily appearance.
I think the woman from Connecticut was relieved to see we had more than one outfit because once we showed up at dinner in our new clothes, ...
... less. In this case, we ran into a couple, Tom and Sandy from Cincinnati, getting off the same time we were and ended up sharing a cab with them. We headed for Montecristi, saw the town, went to the local church, visited the craft market in front of the church, bought Panama hats and got back to the ship in 2 hours. Cost? $40 or $10 per person. Of course, we didn’t get to the museum and didn’t have the guided tour one had with ...
... to worry about? I ordered one. What it is I don’t know. Full of sugar and it tasted good.
Fortified I trundle along into unknown territory. Gads another market. Around the perimeter of two sides of this market are stalls laden with food. I say laden to convey heaps of food. 20 or 30 or 40 dump truck loads of food. Bunches upon bunches of carrots and greens and green onions. A pile of star anise a couple of feet high. Chickens. Blue vegetables, purple vegetables. ...
... hats were originally shipped around the world via ports in Panama and thus became known as "Panama hats.""
A beautiful and peaceful beach close to Manta is Santa Marianita. There are also a string of bamboo/grass hut restaurants there serving some of the best fried butterflied shrimp, patacones, and spicy salsa (aji) for $5.50 w/rice & salad. That, with a large Gringo-cold Pilsener beer for $1.50. (the way beer is sold on the coast), heaven!
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