For Mother’s day weekend Joe took me to the Hotel Oro Verde in Manta. It was our 40th Wedding Anniversary and he wanted to make it a special time for us both. The hotel is very nice and we were upgraded to a Grand Suite that honestly was larger than our home here in Clemente. Much more than we needed or expected but having a second bathroom was a nice touch!
The beach is wide and clean. Many folks were out early walking and enjoying the beautiful weather. There was a Oceania Cruise ship in port the day we arrived. It was a very impressive site. We visited the local museum located about a block from our hotel, where a beautiful young women named Evelyn spend over three hours giving us a personal tour of the facility and their antiquities as well as one floor dedicated to Ecuadorian contemporary art. Her knowledge and enthusiasm for her job was contagious. We are hopeful to find other museums that can help us understand more of this country’s history. One of the nicest things we did was walk the beach each morning and then go back to the coffee shop in the hotel for a cappuccino and pastry. The Oro Verde is known for its pastries and this shop was smaller with fewer selections than the one in Guayaquil but we were still able to find something that suited us. We truly liked Manta, the area around the hotel was comfortable, we walked to the museum, the one shopping mall and the beach and malecon area several times. The food at the malecon restaurants was excellent with the freshest seafood and great service. We even got to go for sushi, the tempura was marvelous although the sushi was not something we would order again.
Our trip to Manta was excellent and we would go back again.