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Manta port, in Manta EcuadorManta is the major port along the central Ecuadorian coast in the province of Manabi. It is located about four hours north of Guayaquil and nine hours southwest of Quito by bus. Also more modern shopping centers are being built as tourism and the city’s population grow. Manta is a charming city by the beach. Until recently, it was only known for its important tuna fishing fleet, the production and bottling of vegetable oil, and the commercialization of "paja toquilla" (straw) hats.

The "paja toquilla" hats, commonly known as Panama hats because they were originally sold through the Panama Channel, are made in the nearby town of Montecristi among other towns of the province, and are very well known internationally. Today the visit of cruise ships full of tourists, the aerial base rented to the US Air Force by the Ecuadorian government for the antinarcotics operations.

Manta is a modern city, but some antique bamboo and olden houses still remain as a remainder of the old village.

Located at the Pacific coast and with an average temperature of 25 degrees Centigrade all year long, dry weather and dry tropical forest in its surroundings.

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