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Manta - Tarqui Beach, Ecuador - They Catch The Fish We Eat The Fish

Ecuador travel blog by Mark Berman - June 2012   » View Photoset (31 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
It was a 3 and a half hour trip north-west from Guayaquil up to Manta through the small towns of Lomas de Sargentillo, Pedro Carbo, Pajan, Jipijapa and Montecristi.
Ecuador Photo - Orange fish at the market behind Tarqui Beach in Manta.
Orange fish at the market behind Tarqui Beach in Manta.
I wouldn't describe the scenery as mind-blowing but I did see some cool monuments, the most memorable being the giant sweetcorn between Jipijapa and Montecristi. I should have stopped off in Montecristi for a quick look, there are some historic buildings and also this is the place where the famous Panama Hat is manufactured.

Taxi to Tarqui

From the bus terminal in Manta I took a taxi to Tarqui Beach and found a budget hotel, there are a few hostels and hotels across the road from the beach. On the beach the locals were playing soccer and volleyball while pelicans scanned the water for fish as the sun went down over the city and port in the distance. That
Ecuador Photo - Fresh fish processing at the beach in Manta.
Fresh fish processing at the beach in Manta.
evening I used a local internet cafe and had some food and a beer at a little restaurant on the street. The main reason I came to Manta was to see Tarqui Beach in the morning as the fishermen brought their catches ashore.

Catches Brought Ashore

The next morning I was at the beach by 7:45AM with my camera, there was a lot of action going on, a lot of shouting, many busy fishermen and restaurant owners. There was a lot of tuna and sharks, well, shark finning actually. This is very controversial of course and it was quite a gruesome sight seeing dozens of dead finned sharks laying all over the place, see video. Fish were being cut up and processed on the beach and loaded into the back of small trucks full of ice.

Fish Market

Behind the beach is the fish market - I made a video while I walked around. Beside this are the restaurants where I sat down for breakfast - meals included eggs and fish, shrimps and rice with fried banana, fish soup, fried fish and calamari. The meals cost between $4-$6USD.

Boat Building

Last but not least at Tarqui Beach beside the fishermens area are the boat builders, see video. A row of boat skeletons being formed into full bodied hulls by men with helmets, each helmet a different color - easy for identification around the site perhaps. It's interesting to watch for a while.

Bus to Portoviejo

By 11AM I had made my way to the bus terminal where I took a 40min bus ride to Portoviejo.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Manta - Tarqui Beach (Ecuador) to:


Map location: Manta - Tarqui Beach, Ecuador. They catch the fish, we eat the fish, this is Manta, it's all about seafood and maybe the beach.
 A : Portoviejo - Ecuador 24 kms 24 kms straight distance | 51mins 51mins by car (32 kms) | 1hr 1min 1hr 1min by bus (32 kms) (32 kms)
 B : Puerto Lopez - Ecuador 65 kms 65 kms straight distance | 1hr 45mins 1hr 45mins by car (109 kms) | 2hrs 6mins 2hrs 6mins by bus (109 kms) (109 kms)
 C : Guayaquil - Ecuador 148 kms 148 kms straight distance | 3hrs 38mins 3hrs 38mins by car (216 kms) | 4hrs 21mins 4hrs 21mins by bus (216 kms) (216 kms)
 D : Quilotoa Lagoon - Ecuador 201 kms 201 kms straight distance | 6hrs 8mins 6hrs 8mins by car (308 kms) | 7hrs 21mins 7hrs 21mins by bus (308 kms) (308 kms)
 E : Guaranda - Ecuador 205 kms 205 kms straight distance | 5hrs 47mins 5hrs 47mins by car (330 kms) | 6hrs 56mins 6hrs 56mins by bus (330 kms) (330 kms)
 F : Mindo - Ecuador 240 kms 240 kms straight distance | 5hrs 37mins 5hrs 37mins by car (334 kms) | 6hrs 44mins 6hrs 44mins by bus (334 kms) (334 kms)
 G : Pujili - Ecuador 225 kms 225 kms straight distance | 6hrs 40mins 6hrs 40mins by car (342 kms) | 8hrs 8hrs by bus (342 kms) (342 kms)
 H : Machachi - Ecuador 244 kms 244 kms straight distance | 6hrs 12mins 6hrs 12mins by car (351 kms) | 7hrs 26mins 7hrs 26mins by bus (351 kms) (351 kms)
 I : Machala - Ecuador 267 kms 267 kms straight distance | 6hrs 1min 6hrs 1min by car (380 kms) | 7hrs 13mins 7hrs 13mins by bus (380 kms) (380 kms)
 J : Alausi - Ecuador 250 kms 250 kms straight distance | 6hrs 25mins 6hrs 25mins by car (391 kms) | 7hrs 42mins 7hrs 42mins by bus (391 kms) (391 kms)
 K : Saquisili - Ecuador 227 kms 227 kms straight distance | 6hrs 55mins 6hrs 55mins by car (402 kms) | 8hrs 18mins 8hrs 18mins by bus (402 kms) (402 kms)
 L : Latacunga - Ecuador 236 kms 236 kms straight distance | 6hrs 48mins 6hrs 48mins by car (405 kms) | 8hrs 9mins 8hrs 9mins by bus (405 kms) (405 kms)
 M : Riobamba & Colta Lagoon - Ecuador 240 kms 240 kms straight distance | 6hrs 55mins 6hrs 55mins by car (419 kms) | 8hrs 18mins 8hrs 18mins by bus (419 kms) (419 kms)
 N : Ambato - Ecuador 234 kms 234 kms straight distance | 7hrs 36mins 7hrs 36mins by car (429 kms) | 9hrs 7mins 9hrs 7mins by bus (429 kms) (429 kms)
 O : Banos - Ecuador 261 kms 261 kms straight distance | 8hrs 5mins 8hrs 5mins by car (487 kms) | 9hrs 42mins 9hrs 42mins by bus (487 kms) (487 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Manta - Tarqui Beach, Ecuador:

Hotel Vista al Mar, Manta, Ecuador - Large Photo
Hotel Vista al Mar, Manta, Ecuador (June 2012 - 1 night) - Small private room near Tarqui beach, the wifi wasn't working when I was there. Cheaper than some of the places around the area.

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