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.