One of the most important and economically dynamic cities in Ecuador, home to an important fishing port
Dishes you can't miss
Bolón de verde
Balls made with a plantain dough, stuffed with cheese or pork, and fried.
Seco de gallina
Stew prepared with chicken, passion fruit juice or beer, and annatto.
A dessert made with banana, rice, and coconut milk.
A sweet beverage made with milk, eggs, sugar, and liquor.
Typical food of Manta, Ecuador
The splendid bay of San Pablo de Manta offers a view to the Pacific Ocean that provides the perfect setting to try local dishes full of flavor and Creole elements such as bananas.
The gastronomic culture in San Pablo de Manta is varied and offers several dishes prepared with local and foreign ingredients. The great dairy production increases the consumption of cheese, cuajada (a dairy product derived from the cheese production), and the famous "suero blanco" (a dairy product similar to the cream), which is usually served with grilled plantains. The green plantain is used to prepare "Bolón de verde," a recipe that consists of balls made with a plantain dough, stuffed with cheese or pork, and deep fried in abundant hot oil. "Seco de gallina" is another delicious and popular dish that consists in a chicken stew, beer or passion fruit juice, tomato, green pepper, coriander, bay leaves, and annatto cooked in a casserole. As the chicken meat is tough, the cooking is slow. When the dish is ready, it is served with rice and slices of fried plantain. Tuna is a fish caught in the port of Manta, very popular in the Creole cuisine and prepared in different recipes, usually served with caigua or green beans.
Banana is an important ingredient for desserts. "Mazamorra de plátano" is a sweet prepared with pieces of banana cooked with rice and coconut milk, served with coconut milk, a pinch of salt, and sugar.
In Manta you can also enjoy "Rompope," an eggnog-like yellow drink normally served after a meal. It is prepared with eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, ground almonds, sugar, and brandy.
To enjoy better the local gastronomic culture, you can visit Comedor El Ñato, a restaurant that serves authentic homemade meals.
The UV index is extreme throughout the year, so we recommend protecting yourself with a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
If you travel between January and April, do not forget to bring a rain jacket or portable umbrella.
We recommend drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and wear light clothing during the day.
The weather in Manta, Ecuador
San Pablo de Manta has a desert climate influenced by cold water currents that occur in this area. The average annual temperature is 25 °C (77 °F) with an average of 11 rainy days per month and 78% of relative humidity. There are two seasons: the dry season that lasts 8 months, and the rainy season that reaches 80% of annual precipitation.
What to bring by season
Dry season (May through December): the average temperature in this season is 24 °C (75 °F) with highs of 30 °C (86 °F) and lows of 20 °C (68 °F) and 3 hours of intense sunlight. During these months in San Pablo de Manta, rains are scarce with an average rainfall of 24 mm (1 in) and 78% of relative humidity. The days between July and November are the driest and coolest of the year. We recommend packing light colored clothing that reflects sunlight, a light sweater for the nights when the temperature drops, a bathing suit, flip-flops, and comfortable shoes.
Rainy season (January through April): the rainy season in Manta registers 18 rainy days on average and up to 114 mm (4.5 in) of precipitation. The humidity is higher compared to the previous season with an average of 79% and the average temperature is 26 °C (79 °F). February is the warmest month with an average maximum temperature of 30 °C (86 °F) during the day, and a minimum of 23 °C (73 °F) at night. Always wear light clothing made of natural fibers, a raincoat or portable umbrella, comfortable shoes, a bathing suit, and flip-flops.
San Pablo de Manta is one of the major cities in Ecuador, home to the second most important port in the country after Guayaquil. In the pre-Columbian era, this city was called Jocay, which means "house of fish." It was founded in 1534 by Francisco Pacheco, and in 1563 by Hernando de Santillán who was President of the Royal Audience of Quito, and named the city San Pablo de Manta.
On the streets of San Pablo de Manta you can admire buildings with traditional models from the early to mid twentieth century. The beaches are some of the attractions at this city, as the beaches of El Murciélago and Tarqui. San Pablo de Manta is recognized for its international theater festival held in October, with the participation of theater groups from around the world. Some cultural attractions in this city include Museo Arqueológico del Banco Central, Museo Arqueológico de Pacoche, and Museo Etnográfico Cancebí.
***The official currency of Ecuador is the United States Dollar (USD).