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Feb 25, 2018 - Manta, Ecuador

After leaving the largest city visited on this trip (Lima) and most definitely the smallest city visited (Salaverry) we had another day at sea on our way to Ecuador. This gave me time to work on my Journal and to enjoy some of the ship’s activities. Julieann has become a regular at many exercise classes and a lot of dance classes. I began just watching her and then I found a few exercises that I could actually do without breaking something on my fragile, old, falling apart body, but I still enjoy my morning Bloody Mary. Oh yeah, I must...

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Nov 29, 2017 - Manta, Ecuador

Manta is Ecuador's fifth-largest city. It derives its name from the ancient Mantamanian Indians who populated the region long ago. It is also the home of the Panama hat. We had originally scheduled a private tour to the Pacoche Forest and small towns outside of Manta but due to Richard's knee playing havoc, we canceled. So again we caught a ship's bus that took us to the Indian market in town where we purchased Panama hats and a blouse. If anything, Manta's port is more industrial than in 2006 and the city itself looks seedier. The...

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Jan 13, 2014 - Manta in Ecuador

Sunday 12 January Day 12 We cross the equator and reach Manta in Ecuador Ecuador is a vast country but divided into four distinct regions. It ranges from the rainforest of the Amazon; to the towering Andes with its diverse cultures; beaches of the Pacific; and the Galapagos Islands which have both Antarctic currents and warm Gulf Stream currents producing the unique flora and fauna for which the Islands are known. Ecuador also has the highest active volcano in the world (Cotopaxi 5.897m) and numerous pre-inca archeological sites....

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Jan 9, 2014 - Manta City, Equador

1/9 – 1/11 Two sea days (our first crossing of the equator) and 954 miles brought us to another port we visited in 2008 - Manta City, Ecuador. Along the way we went through the Panama Canal. We entered the Gatun Locks about 6:30AM and were in Gatun Lake by 7:45AM. The rip took us about eight hours and we entered the Pacific Ocean about 4:00 PM. Raised about 65 feet (three locks in a row) from the Carribean Ocean to Gatun Lake and then lowered about 75 feet (two locks separated by about 1 mile) to enter the Pacific Ocean. In Manta we took a...

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Mar 17, 2013 - Manta, Ecuador

March 17, 2013 (St. Patrick’s Day) Manta, Ecuador Manta is the main “industrial” city of Ecuador and is also their main shipping port. It is a major supplier of tuna to world markets, or so we were told. Ecuador is a very small country and there is not much here. The people are very friendly though. We had an afternoon tour of the ivory nut factory and Montecristi today. The started at the Indian market in “downtown” Montecristi, a short bus ride from Manta. We had a demonstration of how handmade Panama hats are made after which we were...

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Jan 14, 2013 - Manta, Ecuador and "Panama" hats

Today started a little gloomy, misty, and just not so nice, but ended up as a real treat. We had a very comprehensive tour of both a hat factory and a button factory, along with a food demo. It might not sound very exciting, but stick around and see. We are today in Ecuador, the home of the Panama hat. Am I smoking something? Wait and see… Before we go there, let me tell you about our first stop: a demonstration of how they make one of Ecuador’s national dishes: bolon. Bolon is a basically a plantain “patty” or filled “pastry.” They start...

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Dec 24, 2012 - at sea

12/24 at sea toward Costa Rica The ocean is a little rougher today because we are quite far from land. It was announced that someone fell in the shower, and that we are supposed to hold onto rails. Really, it wasn’t as rocky as that day much earlier in our voyage. Sessions held today weren’t of that much interest so I watched a few from our room. That’s a nice convenience…if you don’t want to sit in the chilly Union lounge listening to a presentation, you can turn on your room’s TV & watch it in the comfort of your cabin. Julian Bond gave...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Dec 23, 2012 - Manta, Ecuador

12/23 in Manta, Ecuador The entertainer last night was a Gaucho plus his wife. He was quite funny. I don’t know what their tools of the trade are called, so I’ll just describe them as short ropes with hard balls on the end which made lots of noise when they were twirled & the balls banged on the floor. In Manta we are less than a degree south of the equator. The climate varies little during the year. Hours of daylight are almost equal year round. We happened to hit an overcast day with a slight breeze and plenty of humidity. Manta is a...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Dec 22, 2012 - At sea from Callao, Peru to Manta, Ecuador

12/22 a day at sea It’s great to be back to something familiar where we don’t have to worry about drinking water from the tap and eating lettuce salads. We noticed a number of new people on board the ship. Portions of the cruise can be arranged if you can’t do it all. There were sessions today on writing, painting, meditation, creating blogs, and useful free apps plus others. Our native Nebraska guy, Dean Jacobs, gave his final photographic journal presentation this morning. It was a 5-month trip down the Amazon. You can see his fabulous...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Dec 15, 2012 - Manta, Ecuador - Home of the Panama Hat

We travelled by coach to MontiChristi from the port of Manta to watch Panama Hats being made. Panama hats are all made in Ecuador and were made famous by United States provisioners during the construction of the Panama Canal when they sent Jamaican labourers home on leave in white suits and a Panama Hat to entice more Jamaican men to the construction of the canal. Creating the image of the Panama Man. We were quickly whisked through the indian markets and on to see a typical Ecuadorian house and the making of the ticola palm into the straw...

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Mar 9, 2012 - Manta, Ecuador

We had some time before our tour this morning, so after breakfast at Sabatini’s, Ernie and I walked the outside upper decks to see what was there. We already knew that Manta was the Tuna capital of the world from our visit here in 2009. We noticed the ship in the berth next to us was unloading and the cargo was tuna! The fish were huge, and being lifted from the cargo bays in huge nets and then dropped into containers on trucks. The tuna were frozen whole, and most of it is processed right here in Manta. On the other side another cargo ship...

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Mar 6, 2011 - Manta

Sunday, March 6, 2011 The little town of Manta is quiet on the Sunday morning after celebrating Carnival last night. Streets had been closed off so people could go to the beach to hear their favorite music. The shuttle that usually ran from the ship into town was also not available. But today it will be running normally. Eduardo has been our guide throughout Ecuador as he was today. Manta is a fishing port with ships bringing in shrimp, yellow fin tuna, dorado (mahi mahi) and eel. Many ships and small boats were scattered about and where...

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