Trip Start Mar 31, 2013
20Trip End May 08, 2013
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Today we arrived in Manta Equador at 7.30am. We were told if we wished to go on deck we could watch the unloading of donations for a school in a local hill town. Wonderful to see so many thing being donated to a worthy cause. Trucks filled with mattresses, bedding, tables chairs, games, high chairs, wheel chairs, bikes, crockery, food, and so much more were going to the village with 100 crew from our ship. The crew would be repairing the roof and doing many other jobs for the school, while the school children and parents came to the ship for lunch and entertainment.
We set out on our own today, catching the shuttle bus into town. Most shops were closed as it was a Sunday, but a bustling market was in the square with many interesting items
Manta's main industry is fishing and they catch huge amounts of Tuna. Tourism is becoming a huge growth industry too, and in the season, year after year the cruise ships bring thousands of tourists to the area. They also grow Bananas, cocoa and rice between the coast and the mountains. The city looks quite prosperous, with clean tree lined streets, also the people look happy and well fed. We loved our day here, it was quite a highlight!