Welcome to Montecristi

The city was founded in around 1628, when manteños fled inland to avoid the frequent plundering by pirates. Today its many unrestored colonial houses give the village a rather tumbledown and ghostly atmosphere. The key draw here is hat shopping, but Montecristi's main plaza has a beautiful church which contains a statue of the Virgin to which miracles have been attributed, as well as a statue of native son Eloy Alfaro, who was twice Ecuador's president. His tomb is in the town hall and there's a relatively new museum in his honor on the hilltop.

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$111.94 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Fishermen and Pacoche Humid Forest Walking Tour

Starting your tour early in the morning we'll visit the fish-market of Manta where you can see the fishermen coming in after doing their morning fishing, unload their catch and prepare them for sales.There is a very wide variety of catch here in Manta and it is quite a show to watch.  At the same place you will be able to see the construction and repairing of large wooden fishing boats.Next, go to the Pacoche Humid Forest where you'll go on a 1.15-hour walk through the forest with a nature guide. Time to enjoy a well deserve typical lunch after your walking tour in the forest (lunch not included).Then, a visit to the Ciudad Alfaro and the Montecristi handicraft shops (where you will find Panama hats and typical crafts).It cannot be guaranteed, but on days when cruise ships come to Manta, they almost always have demonstrations of how the Panama hats are made at the Ciudad Alfaro.

$75 Cultural & Theme Tours

Montecristi & Manta's highlights

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Molotov Rock Bar Manta, Manta, Manabi ProvinceWe will start visiting the fish market, the boatyard, then a tagua factory in Manta, then Montecristi, Ciudad Alfaro and finally a shop to see how they weave a Montecristi hat.Duration: 5 hours

$5399 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Beach Wedding Ceremony from Quito

Day 1: Quito - Manta - Venue (L,D)Leaving from Quito to the airport. Arrival in Manta, visit of the small town of Montecristi.Transfer to the venue. Visit of the surroundings and one couple-massage in your suite. Flowers in your suite.Day 2 - Wedding Day (B,L,D) After breakfast. Preparation of the bride and groom. Photo-shoot at on amazing beach (optional)Ceremony approximately at 3:30pm. Romantic 4-course dinner with decoration of the place, candles and two favors.Day 3 - Full day activity - Quito (B,D)After breakfast, Isla de la Plata or Agua Blanca community - flight back to QuitoTransfer out to your hotel in Quito.

$75 Day Trips & Excursions

Manabi Diversity Route

We will be glad to welcome you at the Cruise Terminal or Hotel. Heading from Cruise Terminal or Hotel to the town of "Pile", you'll enjoy a scenic drive, the town is well known by the fine Panama Hats that are woven there   Then we will go to the Pacoche Humid Forest where you would go on the ~1h15 walk through the forest with a nature guide. After the walk, we will have a well deserved Typical Lunch (not included). When you have finished your lunch and some cold ones, we will head to the town of Montecristi, where you will learn about Ecuadorian Revolution at "Cuidad Alfaro" Museum and Mausoleum.After visiting the museum, we will go to the downtown of Montecristi where you can immerse yourself in the local stores and shop for all kinds of souvenirs like the famous Panama Hats.The tour will end at the pick up point, cruise terminal or hotel.