A Brief Description

The towns of Manta and Montecristi have a history of craftsmanship and we want to share it with you.

You will visit the Museum of the Ecuadorian Revolution, that is directly related with the beginnings of the crafts exportation. After this very educational visit, you will go to downtown and relish a Panama Hat weaving exhibition at one the best shops in town. Traditionally owned by the Mero’s Family. The third stop is a loom workshop, you’ll see how fabrics are made with this self-engineered loom and the history behind it.

On the way back to Manta, we’ll stop at the tagua (natural ivory) workshop and you’ll watch the craftsmen hands-on working with the tagua nut. To finalize, we’ll take a stop at Manta’s boatyard, you’ll find about this 100 years old boatyard and appreciate these massive wooden boats.

  • Duration

    4-5 hours

    *times and itinerary are adaptable to the traveler needs

  • Location

    Manta – Montecristi

  • Difficulty


  • Price

    2 – 3 people: $140 p.p

    4 -5 people: $85 p.p

    6 -7 people: $70 p.p

    8-10 people: $65 p.p

    Please inquiry for larger group rates

    (Local currency USD.)

What´s Included

  • All activities described
  • A cup of coffee and local snack
  • 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 speaking) prices may vary for French and German guiding
  • *Does not include gratuities


Montecristi the handicraft´s town

Learn about the Ecuadorian Revolution and the beginnings of crafts exportation in Ciudad Alfaro Museum and the stately and beautiful mausoleum.
Get energized with a cup of Ecuadorian coffee and a local snack and continue your journey through the rest of the tour.

Panama Hat weaving exhibition

On this stop, you’ll learn the process of weaving the toquilla straw, treat by treat.
After the exhibition, you will have some spare time to wander around the charming town of Montecristi, who’s shops carry treasures from Ecuadorian craftsmen, including the famous Panama Hat.

The Loom Workshop

The “Espinoza’s” an Ecuadorian Family that migrated to Venezuela 30 years ago, are back in town bringing along their house amenities, including their Self-Engineered Loom. Since then, they have been working with different materials, weaving self-designed, handbags, shirts, hats, all of them made with passion.

To see this loom working is quite a show!

Tagua Workshop

Tagua, its the equivalent of Ivory, but comes from a majestuous Palm, that is endemic of the forest of the Manabi Province. 20 years ago it was one of the most exported products of this country, nowadays some big clothing brands still make buttons out this nut.

At the tagua workshop you’ll find about the process of this sustainable ivory, and the different crafts and souvenirs, artisans carve out of it.

The Wooden Boatyard

Located at the convergence of Tarqui and Los Esteros beach. We find one of the last shipyards where carpenters build fishing boats out of wood.  The shipyard is directly related to the economic growth of the city, and it has been present since the city foundation.
Come and see it by yourself!

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
  • For cruise ship travelers: If the ship doesn´t dock due to inclement weather conditions there is no cancellation fee