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.
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!
Elevation: 6 m Weather: 27°C, Wind SW at 11 km/h, 79% Humidity
Population: 217,553 (2010) UNdata
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.
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