Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 8- 8 1/2 Hours
The two-hour drive to Bahia de Caraquez follows a route lined with banana, rice, onion and mango plantations, as well as a dry tropical forest and a cloud forest.
Upon arrival in Bahia, try a typical regional snack served with fresh juice.
Hop into a dinghy that will take you to Isla Corazon. You’ll pass a shrimp farm and your guide will explain the production process of one of the important products in the Ecuadorian economy. Isla Corazon is a bird sanctuary -- a nesting area for many different marine birds. Keep an eye out for the hundreds of frigate birds, pelicans and anis that call this area home.
Back in Bahia, lunch is served at a local restaurant.
Returning to Manta, stop at a manteño ranch to learn about the manufacturing of Panama hats. Despite the misleading name, Panama hats are in fact made right here in Ecuador and have nothing whatsoever to do with Panama! From the boiling of the leaves to the weaving, ironing and rolling, you will see all the steps involved in the production of these fine hats and have a chance to purchase a hat directly from the producers if you wish -- a superfino memento of your time Ecuador.
Make the most of some free time to take photos before heading back to the pier.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunscreen, insect repellent and a hat. You may get a little wet during the dinghy ride. Minimum age is 2 years. Minimum height is 2 feet. Maximum weight is 280 lbs; maximum height 6'10". Tour is available only on select sailings. Disembarking on Isla Corazon is weather dependent. All bird watching is done from the boat.