Manta – Picoaza – Montecristi


6 hours approx.

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




From 75 USD per person

About this tour

Get ready for an exciting adventure at “Cerro Jaboncillo” (“Jaboncillo Hill”), an archeological site that will transport you back in time to the last indigenous culture of the region. Discover ancient vestiges and archeological pieces that have been preserved for centuries. At the museum, marvel at the original U-shaped power seats and other fascinating artifacts.

But the adventure doesn’t stop there. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the laboratories where thousands of pieces are being restored. Learn about the community project and the hard work that goes into preserving such an important heritage.

Before returning to Manta, take a stroll through the charming handicraft stores in downtown Montecristi (optional). And to complete your Manta shore excursion, indulge in the delicious cuisine of the Ecuadorian coast. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience!

What´s Included

  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • 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 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

Cerro Jaboncillo

Embark on an unforgettable journey to Cerro Jaboncillo, located just a short 50-minute drive from Manta. As you explore the trails of this archeological site, discover fascinating ancient vestiges such as houses, buildings, irrigation systems, and well-preserved archaeological pieces at the site museum. Immerse yourself in the rich history of this remarkable place and witness the incredible preservation of the past.

Archaelogical Site Museum and Labs

Get ready to delve into the fascinating history of the last indigenous culture settlers, “Los Manteños,” as you visit the museum. Here, you’ll discover the original U-shaped power seats that were characteristic of this culture, along with other intriguing vestiges.

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the labs and witness the back-office work and community projects that make this magnificent archaeological center possible.

As an optional addition to your trip, we can make a stop in the charming town of Montecristi on the way back to Manta for some shopping.

Taste Manta’s Gastronomy in the best Cevicheria in town

One of the main draws of Manta is its delectable coastal gastronomy, which attracts visitors from all over Ecuador.

And to cap off your excursion, we’ll take you to sample the very best of Manta’s cuisine. Indulge in the freshest seafood while soaking in the laid-back coastal vibe. This is a culinary experience you won’t want to miss!

Do you need more information?

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

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Manta – Ecuador
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