Manta – Pacoche Forest – Montecristi


7.5 hours approx.

Timing is adaptable to travelers’ needs (Cruise ship schedules)


Moderate to Strenuous (If walking the entire forest trail)


From 75 USD per person

About this tour

Join us on a unique Shore Excursion in Manta that provides a glimpse into the daily life of locals and offers an opportunity to experience Ecuador’s biodiversity and rich history.

First, we’ll take you to the fish market, the engine of the local economy, where you’ll witness the bustling atmosphere and the freshest catch of the day.

Next, discover one of the most iconic landmarks of the Ecuadorian coast, the Pacoche National Wildlife Refuge, a stunning tropical humid forest just a few minutes from Manta. Here, you’ll immerse yourself in the breathtaking biodiversity of the area, including exotic flora and fauna, such as the impressive howler monkeys.

Learn about the Ecuadorian revolution at the “Ciudad Alfaro” museum and Mausoleum, where you’ll discover the rich history and culture of the country.

Finally, we’ll give you some time to shop for the famous Panama Hat and local handicrafts in downtown Montecristi. Indulge in the authentic local experience and bring home unique souvenirs to commemorate your unforgettable journey.

Don’t miss out on this exceptional opportunity to discover the local way of life and experience Ecuador’s natural beauty and rich history!

What´s Included

  • All entrance and activities fees
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Cruise Terminal / Hotel pick up and drop off (You would have to take the free shuttle bus to Cruise Terminal)
  • Professional Local Guide (Spanish, English, German or French).
  • *Does not include gratuities

Cancellation policy

  • If you cancel at least 7 calendar days in advance, there is no cancellation fee
  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 calendar days in advance, you will be charged a 50% cancellation fee
  • If you cancel within 2 calendar days in advance, you will be charged a 100% cancellation fee
  • For cruise ship travelers: If the ship doesn´t dock due to inclement weather conditions, political matters, or covid-19 related reasons, there is no cancellation fee

The itinerary

Walk Through The Fish Market and Shipyard

Join us for an unforgettable experience in Manta as we take you to the early morning fish market. Witness the fishermen coming in from their morning fishing tasks, unloading their catch, and preparing them for selling. You’ll be amazed at the wide variety of catches available in Manta, and it’s quite a spectacle to watch!

Just a few steps away from the Fish Market, you’ll also have the opportunity to see the construction and repair of large wooden fishing boats at the shipyard. Immerse yourself in the local culture and witness the dedication and hard work that goes into the daily life of the fishermen in Manta.

Go Up The Hill and Hike

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural beauty of the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge, located just 30 minutes from Manta. Here, you’ll embark on an incredible 1.5-hour walk through the forest with a knowledgeable nature guide and your English-speaking tour guide. Marvel at the exotic flora and fauna, including incredible wildlife like howler monkeys, and learn about the unique ecosystem of the refuge.

After your adventurous walk, indulge in a well-deserved lunch at a typical coastal restaurant with stunning ocean views. Relax and soak in the serene atmosphere while savoring the delicious flavors of the local cuisine.

San Lorenzo’s Lighthouse Viewpoint

Digestion walk to this great viewpoint? We say yes! For the ones that prefer not to walk, there’s a viewpoint step away from the van.

The coastal town of San Lorenzo is also part of Pacoche Wildlife Refuge.

Picture by our guide and photographer: Cristopher Torres

Immerse In Montecristi’s Handicrafts Stores and Museum

Experience Ecuador’s rich history and culture as we take you to the “Ciudad Alfaro” Museum and Mausoleum. The government of Ecuador created this site to honor General Eloy Alfaro, the leader of our revolution, who was born in Montecristi. Learn about the fascinating story of the Ecuadorian Revolution and the legacy of this remarkable leader.

After visiting the museum, we’ll take you to the charming town of Montecristi, where you can immerse yourself in the local stores and shop for all kinds of souvenirs and the famous Panama Hats. Discover the region’s unique handicrafts and cultural treasures and bring home a memento of your unforgettable journey.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to explore Ecuador’s fascinating history and culture and indulge in the local shopping experience.

Join us on this incredible journey through Manta, Pacoche, and Montecristi!

Do you need more information?

We can adapt this itinerary to your needs. Contact us!

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Cdla. Barbasquillo 130802
Manta – Ecuador
Phone: +593 995 376 249

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