A Brief Description

Explore the archeological site of “Cerro Jaboncillo” (“Jaboncillo Hill”), where you’ll find ancient vestiges and archeological pieces from the last indigenous culture of this region. In the museum you could find the original U shape power sits, and other interesting vestiges.
We also visit the laboratories, where thousands of pieces are being restored. During this behind the scenes tour, you will learn about the community project and the back office work needed to the preservation of such a important heritage.
On the way back to Manta, you will have the option of visiting downtown Montecristi, full of charming handicrafts stores.
You will complete your Shore Excursion by tasting the delicious cuisine of the Ecuadorian coast.
  • Duration

    9 AM to 3PM

    *times and itinerary are adaptable to the traveler needs

  • Location

    Manta – Picoaza – Montecristi

  • Difficulty


  • Price

    2 – 3 people: $150 p.p

    4 -5 people: $100 p.p

    6-8 people: $75 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


Cerro Jaboncillo

The first visit will be Cerro Jaboncillo, located just 50 min. away from Manta. Walk around the trails of this archeological site, and find ancient vestiges like houses, buildings, irrigation systems and well preserved archaeological pieces at the site museum.

Archaelogical Site Museum and Labs

Learn about last culture standing on this area “Los Manteños”. In the museum you will find the original U shape power sits caracteristical of this culture and other vestiges.

At the labs you will be witness of the back office work and the community project behind this magnificent archaelogical center.

Optional – On the way back to Manta we could make a shopping stop at the town of Montecristi

Taste Manta’s Gastronomy in the best Cevicheria in town

Manta attracts Ecuadorians far-and-wide with its coastal gastronomy.
At the end of the excursion, you will have the opportunity to taste Manta’s best at the renowned cevicheria, “Fish”.

*cevicheria (coastal restaurant specialized in seafood).

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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
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
CUNARD – Queen Victoria8 Mar 202009:0018:00YES
CELEBRITY CRUISES – Eclipse21 Mar 202010:0018:00YES
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE – ms Zaandam29 Mar 202008:0017:00YES
PHOENIX – Artania14 Apr 202012:00 18:00YES
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
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