Manta is located some 160 miles (257 kilometers) from Quito, the national capital.
This part of Ecuador is extremely popular with tourists. To see why, explore the other cities, towns and villages in the vicinity of Manta. Portoviejo, lays 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the west, and San Clemente is located 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the southwest.
Should the weather turns nasty; don't panic, Manabi offers plenty of indoor craft workshops and history museums, guaranteed to keep you busy.
Don't forget to check out the region's alluring waterways. Boating and swimming are both popular ways to get active here. Those adventurous souls in search of action, adrenaline and adventure should get their fix by joining a hiking or mountain climbing adventure.
Before you head off on your adventures in Ecuador, do as the savvy travelers do and memorize a few useful phrases in Spanish. Why not use "¿Querría bailar conmigo?" This means "Would you like to dance with me?" Yet another handy sentence is "Este caballero pagará por todo" (This gentleman will pay for everything).
When it's time to return to the familiarity of home, you'll be bidding this special place a fond and teary Adiós (farewell).