Manta Tours
The rain forest, surroundings & lunch.
5

The rain forest, surroundings & lunch.

By Manta SOS Guide - Day Tours
About
from
C$126.86
per adult
Lowest price guaranteeReserve now & pay laterFree cancellation

Ages 5-100, max of 50 per group
Duration: 5–6 hours
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: German, English, French, Spanish
More


  • We will be offering Ceviche or local lunch.
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Plage de Tarqui
  • Entry/Admission - Plage de Tarqui
  • Entry/Admission - Pacoche Wildlife Refuge
  • Entry/Admission - Pacoche Wildlife Refuge


Start:
  • Terminal Portuaria De Manta, 375C+HRP, Manta, Ecuador
    Inside the terminal, we will be next to the exit door or standing at the entrance door. WI-FI available in the terminal.
Pickup details
  • We accommodate our start time to match your arrival, take the free "Shuttle" to the ship terminal, our representatives will be wearing uniforms with MANTA SOS'S logo, We will meet you at the waiting area, inside the terminal, next to the exit door as you see on the pictures on the tour description.
Port pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
  • Cruise ship Manta's port
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 103362P6

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • During December and May we face the rainy season, so we might have to experience a muddy terrain at the rain forest, we suggest to wear waterproof boots or walk half of the trail
    • If you require a guide that speaks another language other than English or Spanish, you will have to notify us, extra charges might be applied.
    • Running shoes, or boots, Mosquito repellant long pants and long sleeve clothing, do not wear sandals.
    • Please let us know if you have allergies
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 103362P6

    Reserve your spot
    Itinerary
    • 1
    • 2
    About the operator
    Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
    • Manta SOS Guide - Day Tours
      211
      Manta, Ecuador
      Joined in June 2014
    • E1355ZSjennyg
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A fun day of chocolate with Manta cacao farm tour
      The cacao farm tour was wonderful! Experienced a local cacao farm and local snacks and fruit. And a stop at a small batch chocolate producer factory. Shown all about the creation of chocolate from the tree to hot cocoa and chocolate bars. There was a short walk over rough ground among the cacao trees at the farm to really experience the growing cacao pods and harvest (maybe a kilometer total) . Even saw an iguana. Great lunch stop too. Our time was limited as it was a cruise ship stop but Manta SOS made good use of our time and delivered us back to the port on time. Thank you Fernando!
      Written January 1, 2024
    • 713terir
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great day with Jimmy!
      I'm so happy that we chose this tour company. We exchanged many, many emails because I had so many questions. They were always quick to reply and were extremely professional. We had a great tour guide named Jimmy and a wonderful driver named Javier. They both made sure that we had a fantastic day. They even found us a fabulous fish restaurant on the beach and we were able to get massages there. All in all, it is one of my best experiences ever.
      Written December 17, 2023
    • bjk3690
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent
      Guide drove us around Montecristi hats, told us about history n independency 1830, I learned Panama hats not made Panama, made in Ecuador! Took us eat tonga, good local dish, wrapped up in banana leaf! Has rice chicken, sweet plantain n peanut sauce! Saw monkeys at Rain Forest, would Highly Recommend Manta dos service
      Written November 27, 2023
    • readeasy
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour of Manta
      This was an excellent shore excursion/tour We were met in the cruise terminal. The reps were very easy to find. The van was comfortable. The fish market was great! So was the Hat and Button factory. Very interesting presentations. We also went to a museum in the town center. Just the right amount of time. I would highly recommend.
      Written September 24, 2023
    • NikitaSerdyukov
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Ecuador coastal life and history.
      Fernando was great guide, experienced and knowledgeable. We had an opportunity to learn something new and witness life of regular coastal Ecuadorians. I will recommend this simple and not overly time consuming trip.
      Written July 19, 2023
    • Ivan B
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Experience
      This was an interesting tour. Fernando was an amazing tour guide, very knowledgeable. The background he provided to each site we visited made it come alive. We will always remember this experience. Wish the hauling monkeys came out to see them...next time
      Written July 13, 2023
    • drewmH5560GB
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      5 stars. Fernando is an extremely knowledgeable guide.
      We booked a tour to Vinca Agroturistica El Perezoso and could not have been happier with the experience. Fernando was an incredible guide. We know a small amount of Spanish, but Fernando's english(which is on point) filled in all the blanks and made the excursion all the more better. He answered all of our questions on the 1.5 hour ride to and from the farm, handled all the translation while there, and even navigated the Dulche shop in Rocafuerte, and the Granzinado stop along the highway. Bonus: he asked if he could stop and grab a Tonga on the way back to Manta and we said "Of course, we need to get one as well!" Probably the best place we have eaten from so far. A little restaurant on the side of the highway in the middle of nowhere is usually the best food, and this one did not disappoint. We have another 2 months here in Manta, and will definitly be booking another excursion through them. Seriously, this guide group is phenomenal.
      Written June 30, 2023
    • kimmwalczak
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Cocoa & Coffee Yum!
      This was an amazing chocolate farm tucked away about 1 1/2 hr from Manta. Many cocoa and fruit trees. Delicious coffee with fruit and chocolate samples. Worth the bumpy drive! Guide Fernando and our driver were very friendly. Very enjoyable!
      Written June 10, 2023
    • JBDAVIS
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      An amazing adventurous day trip
      We were staying in Manta and I used Manta SOS tours to arrange our tour to Isla de la Plata. Since I didn’t want to pay for a private shuttle we took the 615 am bus from Manta to Puerto Lopez. It took close to three hours since there were a lot of stops. From the bus station we took a tuk tuk to our meeting point at Hotel Ruta del Sol and made before our scheduled meet time of 930zMet the designated people there and then we waited for our guide Silvano who showed up with about a dozen people already in tow. While my correspondence and payment was to Manta SOS ( absolutely no complaints ) I think we then joined another group. From Puerto Lopez it was a little over an hour boat ride to Isla de la Plata. It was a smooth ride. The hike on the island started off level and then segued into 150 wooden uneven steps up. Add in the hot equatorial sun and it was a bit challenging for those of us not young and in athletic shape. I was glad I brought a hat but I wish I had brought more water. At the top of the steps there’s a nice covered shelter to catch your breath. From there you. An opt for one of two trails. A guide will accompany each group. We opted for the less strenuous path to the cliff and to see the Blue footed boobies. ( There was a pair hanging out in the shelter posing for us.) The scenery along the cliffs is stunning. We saw lots of blue footed boobies, some Nazca boobies and some frigates. Prior to docking on the island we got bananas and banana bread. Once back on board we got lunch which consisted of a cheese sandwich and a tuna sandwich and a soda drink. While the crew doesn’t actually provide water bottles they have water for refills so do bring your own. After lunch we went snorkeling for 45 minutes close to shore. Watermelon post snorkel. We also saw a small group of sea lions basking, a sea turtle when we anchored and two humpback whales ( very fortunate) on the way back. Silvano was very informative and attentive . We were back in Puerto Lopez by 4 pm. Although I have been to the Galapagos I thought this was an amazing day trip. I had a wonderful time.
      Written June 6, 2023
    • lydi123456789
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Stunning day trip
      We enjoyed our tour yesterday so much and learned a lot about the area and Ecuador in general. Great tour guide and yummie food.
      Written April 14, 2023
    • K8886OWsusanc
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Tuna and Panama hats!
      Manta has a cruise terminal with high end products and welcoming vendors. Carefully knitted covers for artisan chocolate, Panama hats, jewellery and handbags. The town has a good promenade and shopping malls. Dockside tuna are offloaded into waiting container trucks. The large tuna sign in the town emphasises the point. A bus drive out to Montecristi presents a small courtyard with a demonstration of how Panama hats are actually made. It’s intricate, back breaking work. A whole family shows us how. It’s a bit uncomfortable to watch. However, the sales team are keen and helpful. Buy a souvenir for life, to support them.
      Written March 27, 2023
    • Chisholm P
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A great tour, a great guide
      Have to do this in English. Soy Canadianse. This was a great tour with Fernando as guide. He speaks very fluent English (he actually lived in Canada for quite a while for all you fellow Canadians), was really nice company and very informative about the history and culture of the area. We saw lots of interesting stuff, but a highlight was a visit to Modesto’s Panama hat shop in Montechristi, a really nice family-run business where we watched him make a hat. Highly recommend.
      Written March 9, 2023
    • sparcat80
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great guide and very informative. Highly recommend.
      Rainforest was beautiful. Great guide. Guide informative. Good history of area was given. Highly recommend.
      Written February 8, 2023
    • reekas
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Panama Hat Tour and More
      We were picked up inside the newly built Cruise Ship Dock by our English speaking guide Fernando. Our guide and driver were friendly and professional. This tour provided us with opportunities to meet locals and learn about lifestyles and cottage industries that provide a main source of income to the area. Our trip through the fish market was colourful, the boat industry intriguing, the Montecristi Panama hat demonstration excellent and the button factory fascinating. We also had a brief stop at the Civic and Cultural Center "Ciudad Alfaro" which was built in honour of Alfaro Delgado as a legacy to his liberal revolution, which set the foundation of todays democracy in Ecuador. The impressive Alfaro Delgado's mausoleum is show cased here as well as a diverse craft market. We would highly recommend this tour if you are interested in culture and history.
      Written January 1, 2023
    • joycevogel
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Snorkeling Mantas Tour with Cesar
      Cesar was suuuch an amazing tour guide! He had an outstanding personality and keen expertise about everything related to diving and free diving. 12/10 would recommend!!
      Written August 12, 2022
    See all 211 reviews
    These reviews are the subjective opinions of Tripadvisor members and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

    Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

    Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

    Popular mentions

    5.0
    5.0 of 5 bubbles6 reviews
    Excellent
    5
    Very good
    1
    Average
    0
    Poor
    0
    Terrible
    0

    itsGREGSWORLD
    Tarpon Springs, FL277 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked with SOS for our first visit to Manta. We scored a day with Christopher, who went out of his way to make certain we all saw as much of Manta and the surrounding countryside as possible. We started at the local fish market and Christopher was able to translate questions we had for local fishermen. Everyone was so friendly. We visited a lighthouse on a short hike up a mountain along the beach. We spent an hour or so in a local rainforest. We dined on local cuisine (Tonga). It was exceptional. We finished the day out in Montecristi visiting a hat maker of the REAL Panama Hat. We even purchased one. All in all the perfect day with a fantastic guide. Thank you, SOS!
    Written November 24, 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Chris, sends his love, he told us he enjoyed spending time with you, the stop at the beach was a nice touch. Thanks son much for your visit :)
    Written November 25, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Carollee62
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Couples
    The things we saw were amazing, howler monkeys, Panama hat demonstration, San Lorenzo. Our bus, however, was filthy and in need of repair. The brakes sounded like they would go out at any moment. Great itinerary!
    Written January 20, 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    I am sorry about the bus, it will be replaced next week for a new one, thanks so much for using our services. Kind regards
    Written January 20, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Marilyn S
    Conifer, CO274 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2019
    Fernando was an excellent guide- funny, flexible and a wonderful translator. He was a great help in the rain forest where my rusty Spanish was not sufficient to understand guide. He also made interesting stops at the lighthouse and pacocha Museum, where his language skills were invaluable. We had a very generous and tasty lunch at San Mateo beach, and Fernando helped us set up some kayak rentals for the following day.
    Written December 7, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    This is Fernando, I had a lot of fun with you guys; I hope you had a great time during your stay in Ecuador. Thanks so much for such a wonderful time, it was my first time doing that tour, so your comments are very flattering. Greetings from Manta. :)
    Written December 8, 2019
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    The rain forest, surroundings & lunch. provided by Manta SOS Guide - Day Tours

    All Manta HotelsManta Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Manta
    All things to do in Manta
    Day Trips in Manta
    RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars