A Brief Description

This Shore Excursion at Manta was designed to have a glimpse of the local daily life and experience the biodiversity and history of this Country.

Visit the fish market, the engine of the local economy. Discover the universe of the humid tropical forest with its howler monkeys in Pacoche National Wildlife Refuge. Learn about the Ecuadorian revolution at “Ciudad Alfaro” museum and mausoleum, and shop the famous Panama Hat and local handicrafts in downtown Montecristi.

  • Duration

    9 AM – 4 PM

  • Location

    Manta – Pacoche – Montecristi

  • Difficulty

    Strenuous – If taking the entire walk at the forest

    Easy to Moderate – If taking half of the walk

  • Price

    2 -3 people: $150 p.p

    4-5 people: $90 p.p

    6-7 people: $75 p.p

    8-10 people: $70 p.p

    Please inquiry for larger group rates

    (Local currency USD.)

What´s Included

  • Bottled water and local snack
  • All entrance and activities fees
  • 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 lunch ($5-$10) and tips


Walk Through The Fish Market and Shipyard

First, we will go to the early morning fish market in Manta, where you can see the fishermen coming in from their morning fishing tasks, unload their catch and prepare them for selling.

There is a wide variety of catch here in Manta, and it is quite a show to watch!

A few steps close to the Fish Market, you will be able to see the construction and repairing of large wooden fishing boats at the shipyard.

Go Up The Hill and Hike

We would then go to the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge, just 30 minutes away from Manta. Here you would go on a ~1h30 walk through the forest with a nature guide and your tour English Speaking Guide.

After the walk, we will have a well-deserved lunch at a typical coastal restaurant with lovely relaxing ocean views.

San Lorenzo’s Lighthouse Viewpoint

Digestion walk to this astonishing 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: Cristopher Torres

Immerse In Montecristi’s Handicrafts Stores and Museum

Learn about the Ecuadorian Revolution at “Cuidad Alfaro” Museum and Mausoleum. This site was created to honor General Eloy Alfaro, who was born in Montecristi and was the leader of our revolution.

On the last visit, after visiting the museum, we will go to the town of Montecristi, where you can immerse yourself in the local stores and shop for all kinds of Souvenirs and the famous Panama Hats.

Availability for Cruise Ship Travellers

PRINCESS CRUISES – Sea Princess03 Aug 201909:0019:00YES
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE – ms Amsterdam10 Oct 201905:00 19:00YES
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE – ms Zaandam24 Oct 2019 05:00 19:00YES
REGENT – Seven Seas Mariner11 Nov 201908:0019:00YES
SEABOURN – Seabourn Quest13 Nov 201908:00to be determined
CELEBRITY CRUISES – Eclipse29 Nov 201909:0016:00YES – Shorter Version
VIKING OCEANS – Viking Sun20 Dec 2019to be determined to be determined
OCEANIA CRUISES – Marina11 Jan 202008:0018:00YES
HOLLAND AMERICA – Ms Volendam13 Jan 202005:0020:00YES
PRINCESS CRUISES – Island Princess18 Jan 202005:0019:00YES
HAPAG LLOYD – Europa 2 21 Jan 202005:0022:00YES
COSTA – Costa Deliziosa27 Jan 202008:0018:00YES
PHOENIX – Amera28 Jan 202009:0019:00YES
OCEANIA CRUISES – Insignia09 Feb 202008:0018:00YES
PHOENIX – Amadea14 Feb 202012:0020:00YES – Shorter Version
CUNARD – Queen Victoria8 Mar 202009:0018:00YES
CELEBRITY CRUISES – Eclipse21 Mar 202010:0018:00YES – Shorter Version
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE – ms Zaandam29 Mar 202008:0017:00YES
PHOENIX – Artania14 Apr 202012:00 18:00YES – Shorter Version
REGENT – Seven Seas Navigator29 Apr 202008:0018:00YES

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  • 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 there is no cancellation fee