Travel Blogs from Manta
... are only found in
Ecuador and Colombia. Alvia explained that the Tagua nut is peeled,
cut, and made into buttons, sculptures and souvenirs.
“At the market, we saw those
sculptures shaped as dolphins, turtles, and fish. They look like
ivory wood but they are actually the Tagua nuts,” Claudia said.
“The seed of the Tagua palm in its
rough state is roughly the size of an egg. When first processed, it
... lot of hills. We got dropped off at the top so we could walk downhill while we shopped.
We are noticing that Ecuador is a lot cleaner than Peru. Manta is a fishing village and Tuna is the main catch. Bumble Bee and Starkist Tuna have plants in Manta.
Back to shopping. We found a place that came recommended for Panama hats. We each found one we liked ...
... chairs, bikes, crockery, food, and so much more were going to the village with 100 crew from our ship. The crew would be repairing the roof and doing many other jobs for the school, while the school children and parents came to the ship for lunch and entertainment. We set out on our own today, catching the shuttle bus into town. Most shops were closed as it was a Sunday, but a bustling market was ...
... mid-70s, as we sail off the coast of Peru towards Lima. Apparently an air current running through this area keeps it rather cool despite being so close to the equator. Panama and Ecuador were quite hot and steamy though. As I mentioned I heard John Amos speak the other night, but on the way back to the ship from Manta, I was actually on the same shuttle with him and had a chance to speak with him and get a picture which was pretty cool. Last night we met the cruise ...
... boatyard where wooden fishing vessels are built and repaired by hand. Prior to the port entrance, we passed a roundabout with a sculpture of three giant fish swimming.
Returned to the pier at 2:25 and I was back aboard Infinity at 2:34. The tour was short and mediocre – about what I had expected. There doesn’t seem to be a large tourism industry in this region of Ecuador, and Manta gets very few cruiseships. It’s one of the largest ports in ...