Una semana en la selva
A few months ago, I signed up for the travelling classroom including the new option of a week in the jungle. I thought it was going to be good, but I couldn´t imagine it would be this good. First of all, the cabañas are beautiful : they are brand new, made out of organic wood and you basically sleep outside because the biggest part of the walls are made of netting. There are barrely other tourists, what really gives you the feeling of ´being away´. The classes are good and the excursions, which take place after class, are just amazing. In only one week I have made two trekkings through the jungle, I have seen an animal rescue center, I learned how to use Quichea weapons and got to know their traditions, I went intertubing and jumped out of a huge tree into River Napo. It was probably the best week of my life and that is why I´m going back to the jungle for a month! I highly recommend this to every other student who would like to be ´away´ for once and who appreciates nature. No doubt that you will have the time of your life as well!
Manta is a picturesque city, located on the Pacific Ocean, in a dry tropical forest with an average annual temperature of 25 degrees Celsius (77° F).
Manta has some of the most stunning beaches of South America, and it has become the best and affordable destination for surfing, kite surfing and diving. The beaches are suitable for practising these great water sports for all kind of levels. At the beach of Tarqui, you can also do a variety of sports like volleyball, soccer and more.
Furthermore, Manta is an important centre for the tuna and fishing industry; therefore you will find the most incredible seafood restaurants as well as an active nightlifewith some great bars and clubs as well as a few casinos.
Manta is still not discovered by non-Ecuadorian tourism, it is the ideal place to get to know the real Ecuadorians and to get fully immersed into the Ecuadorian culture.
In the surroundings of Manta there are many interesting places you can visit, like Montecristi, the official town of the ‘Panama hats’, Machalililla National Park with fascinating flora and fauna and The San Plácido Waterfalls and La Locita Waterfalls, which are both only 2 hours away from Manta and there you can enjoy an incredible flora inside a forest.