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Manta is a mid-sized city in Manabí Province, Ecuador. It is the second most populous city in the province, the fifth most populous in the country. Manta has existed since Pre-Columbian times. It was a trading post for the Mantas. According to the 2001 census, the city had 192,322 inhabitants. Its main economic activity is tuna fishing. Other economic activities include tourism and a chemical industry with products from cleaning supplies to oils and margarine. Manta possesses the largest seaport in Ecuador. The port was used by Charles Marie de La Condamine upon his arrival in Ecuador when leading the French mission to measure the location of the equator in 1735. From Manta, Condamine started his trip inland towards Quito. Manta has an international airport, Eloy Alfaro International Airport with passenger airline service, and an important military base (known as Manta Air Base or Eloy Alfaro Air Base). Between 1999-2009 Manta Air Base was used by U.S. air forces to support anti-narcotics military operations and surveillance flights against Colombian drug trafficking cartels. The lease was not renewed by the Ecuadorean government. Manta is recognized thanks to its international film festival featuring groups from different places in the world. The Ecuadorian actor Carlos Valencia, once invited to Cannes Film Festival for his performance in Ratas Ratones y Rateros (1999) directed by Sebastián Cordero, who was born in the capital city of Quito.


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Facts and Stats for Manta*

  • Pollution Statistics in Manta

    Know the pollution level of Manta before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 35.71 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 100 (Very High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 75 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 100 (Very High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 100 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 75 (High)
  • Manta: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Manta for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Manta.

    • Burglary and Theft 75 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 75 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 91.67 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 75 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 91.67 (Very High)
    • Attacks 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 66.67 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 66.67 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 50 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 50 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 50 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 66.67 (High)
  • Living in Manta - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 38.02 (Low)
    • Pollution Index 71.55 (High)
    • Health Care Index 52.78 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Manta

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Manta

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 47.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 90 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 48.33 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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