Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Manta Ecuador
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Travel Blogs from Manta
... when we were done it looked so much more cheerful and inviting and most importantly, safe. There were a few rusting bits of metal here and there. The whole place is set around an open courtyard and very much exposed to the weather, so it needed to be made safe for little people. It was unfeasibly hot and humid and we had a few people near to feinting but we all looked after each other.
The orphanage is half school, half orphanage. Some of the kids there have ...
... We could tell that it was a religious school because just inside the gates was a large chapel that although wasn't as ornately adorned as some of the cathedrals we had seen in other ports of our journey, it was well appointed and ready to hold school worship or school assemblies. The grounds of the school were beautiful with building mixed in with wide walks and green areas that were anchored by large well groomed trees. In the center of the complex was a large square ...
... school and a job. On average, the people here earn about $400 per month, and $100 per month is sufficient to rent a nice apartment. Our first stop on arrival at the national park was the washroom. We were asked not to flush any paper at all because the drains would clog. After the bathroom break we visited the park museum and then went for a walk in the forest stopping to watch goats, pigs, wild horses, chickens, and even a rodent which we were ...
... the center of the last row. Doh. I prefer sitting in the front on these excursions so I can have a clear view out the bus' windshield.
Bus 14 left the pier at 9:26. We drove south on the coastal road (Ecuador 15), which is under construction and barely more than dirt in some sections. The highway turned inland at 9:47 and became an excellent asphalt two-lane road. Everything around Manta is dry and brown, but as we climbed into the inland hills, what a difference a ...
... Alfaro Memorial and Civic Center, named for Ecuador's famous ex-president, Eloy Alfaro. The complex was built in 2007 to be the site where the country's new constitution would be written. Its' location atop a hillside, provided us expansive views of the surrounding countryside.
Our next stop was Montecristi, the home of the Panama Hat. These hats are made from straw picked from the Toguilla palm tree. ...
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- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services