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Quito's new airport is located about 45 minutes from downtown. If you have never been to Ecuador, it may be advisable to spend a few days to see the many sights. You can take a Taxi for around $30.00; there is also a bus service that will take you to the old airport, now the bus terminal, which is close to some major hotels. Some hotels will arrange to pick you up from there, inquire when you book, or a few dollars for taxi.
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There are frequent flights from Quito to Manta, a short 40-minute flight. Busses also travel frequently, but it is an 10-hour trip, however you will see the countryside with the change of scenery from the sierra to the coast!
Before you start your journey, please check your passport. It is necessary that your passport is valid for at least six months upon arrival in Ecuador.
Most USA airline won't let you board their flight if your passport is not up-to-date!
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There has been talk at government levels that visitors must proof that they have a valid health insurance plan from their country of residence. This has not been finalized, so at this time you are not required to show proof. However, it is advisable to have some form of health coverage.
Many of you will be traveling with some type of smart phone. One excellent application is called: "What's App". It is widely used here as an alternative to making international and domestic calls. All you need is list your home cell number, and as soon as you are on a Wifi signal you can call anyone you know. Wifi is readily available in many places, Airport, Bus, Malls, etc.
Not fast but reasonably reliable.
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Manta is a port city on Ecuador's central coast. It's known for its tuna-fishing industry, and know as the "Tuna Capital" of south America. The popular Murciélago Beach is on the city's northwestern tip. Bars and restaurants are clustered along the Malecón Escénico promenade and nearby streets, such as Av. Flavio Reyes. The low-key Tarqui Beach has a waterside fish market. Nearby, the Central Bank Museum contains pre-Columbian relics from indigenous tribes.
The new "Mall del Pacifico" has all the service you will need, including the huge grocery store, MegaMaxi!
Close to Manta is Montecristi, which has been known for years for their Panama hats. There are numerous small shops selling Panama hats, tagua nut artwork, and other types of artisan craft works made in Ecuador. A new Golf course has been established in Monticristi also.
An English speaking tour guide or taxi driver can show you around.