The Tuna Capital of the World: Manta, Ecuador
Do you love tuna? Pay your respects to the giant tuna fish statue in Manta.
Manta is the fifth most populous city in Ecuador and has the largest seaport in the country. In 1736, Manta's port was where French explorer and geographer Charles Marie de La Condamine disembarked to lead the French mission seeking to measure the location of the equator. Prior to this, the port also served as the main trading post for the indigenous tribes Mantas and Incas.
The most popular beach Manta has to offer is called El Murciélago (translation: Bat Beach). Surfers often travel from other cities to the beaches around Manta because of the powerful waves in the area. Kite surfing, scuba diving, para-sailing and water skiing are also popular sports.
Yikes! A mess of power lines.
I love the colorful buildings found throughout South American countries. It conveys such a sense of happiness and joy! I wish we had more of an acceptance of color throughout North America instead of the usual grey buildings.