Sunday, September 9, 2018

47 Manta, Ecuador - what another history lesson!

There was no use getting up early for our sail in to Manta. We arrived
sometime around 5am and sunrise was not until after 7am. This early arrival
was to ensure that the Machu Picchu and Galapagos overland tours were off,
and well on their way for their 4-day adventures.

In the port, this morning was not about container activity but the constant
unloading of tuna. Large nets full of snap frozen fish were craned out of
the hull of the fishing trawlers. Men in gumboots and hard hats steered and
emptied the nets straight into large shipping containers ready for
transportation to some other part of the world.

We had a lazy start as we were not meeting our guides till 9 am. Manta is a
working port and we had a choice of two shuttles - one took you to La Plaza
Civica where the craft markets were held and the other was the shorter ride
to the terminal at the front gates. This was where our tour started.

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