Museum in Manta

Museo del Banco Central

The fully modernized city museum reopened in its new location in 2009, and showcases valuable artifacts from pre-Columbian Manta culture, a selection of Ecuadorian paintings and quirky fishing paraphernalia.
Museum in Bahía de Caráquez

Museo Bahía de Caráquez

You’ll find a good introduction to the area’s indigenous history at this well-curated modern museum. The collection includes hundreds of pieces of pre-Columbian pottery, as well as local crafts for sale.
Museum in Montecristi

Museo Arqueológico

For a peek at some of the indigenous artifacts found in the region, visit the privately maintained Museo Arqueológico. Highlights of the small exhibition space include a primitive percussion instrument, giant funere…
Museum in Esmeraldas

Centro Cultural Esmeraldas

This combined museum, library and bookstore contains materials ranging from recent local history to fine ceramics and gold work from the ancient Tolita culture. Some of the exhibit signs and documentary videos are i…
Monument in Manta

Manabí Fisherman Statue

You know you’re in Tarqui when you stumble upon the enormous Manabí fisherman statue.Beyond it is Tarqui beach, whose east end is a hive of activity early in the mornings.
Beach in Manta

Playa Murciélago

This beach is less protected than most beaches in the area and has bigger waves (although they’re not very big, there’s a powerful undertow). It’s a couple of kilometers northwest of downtown and is the town’s most …
in Western Lowlands

Bosque Protectora La Perla

The road rumbles northwest of Santo Domingo to Esmeraldas, almost 200km away. Amid African oil palm and banana groves you’ll find Bosque Protectora La Perla, a 250-hectare reserve ideal for bird-watching and guided …
Indigenous Community in Santo Domingo de Los Colorados

Tsáchila & Chihuilpe

The Tsáchila people number about 3000. Their eight communities spread across a 10,500-hectare reserve around Santo Domingo. They offer a community tour that includes a demonstration of plants used for medicinal purp…
Viewpoint in Bahía de Caráquez

Mirador La Cruz

High above the peninsula and boasting great views of the city, sea and river, this viewpoint at the south end of town can be reached on foot or by a short taxi ride.
Archaeological Site in Around Bahía de Caráquez

Chirije Archaeological Site

This site is riddled with ancient ceramics, burials, cooking areas, garbage dumps and jewelry, dating mainly from the Bahía culture (500 BC to AD 500).The site is owned by Bahía Dolphin Tours, and to visit you must …