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Manta is a delightful seaside town renowned for its seafood. Indeed, you’ll be greeted by a huge tuna statue, indicating the town’s status as the tuna capital of the world. A short walk into town and you’ll find a lively centre with markets selling souvenirs, jewellery and Panama hats, along with crafts from Artisan sellers who travel to Manta from local towns. Back near the beach is the Manta fish market, with sellers offering all varieties of seafood in a fun atmosphere.
In the nearby Pacoche Forest you’ll find the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge, home to a huge range of animals and ornamental plant life. The most famous species here is the howler money, well worth the visit alone. Back in town, you can also plan a trip to the Ivory Nut Factory, to see how the tagua nut is harvested, dried and then turned into a piece of jewellery or one of the many souvenirs sold around town. And consider a trip to nearby Montecristi – home of the Panama hat, where you can visit the factories that make this stylish and famous accessory.
The US Dollar is the official currency of Manta. Manta is 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT -5).
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