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Manta and Montecristi Highlights



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Visit the archaeological museum of Manta and discover Montecristi, home of the Panama hat.
  • Discover the richness of Manta and Montecristi culture 

  • Observe the collection of ceramics of the Manteño-Huancavilca prehistoric culture 

  • Visit traditional tagua factory and learn about how this ivory-like nut is transformed into handicrafts 

  • Take the opportunity to shop for a genuine Panama hat 

Hats on!  

Explore the rich history, culture and people of Manta and Montecristi. At the archaeological museum of Manta, see a small but excellent collection of ceramics of the Manteño-Huancavilca culture that flourished here between 800 and 1550 AD. The tour continues to Montecristi, a colonial town founded in 1628 and the real home of the Panama hat. While here, you’ll enjoy a visit to a traditional tagua factory.  

Practical information

  • Included: One bottle of water per person 

  • Remarks/requirements: Please wear ightweight clothing, sunblock, hat, and comfortable walking shoes. A camera is also recommended.   

  • Walking or Activity information: Involves moderate physical activity, sometimes on uneven terrain. 

  • Wheelchair accessible: No 

  • Language availability: English 

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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