Posts Tagged "Ecuador"

Manta, Ecuador

After leaving the Panama Canal we headed south to our next port Manta, Ecuador, the home of tuna fishing, Panama hats and tagua nut buttons and carvings. This was our third visit to this port, (see Manta, 2014 and Manta 2008 for other pictures), so we took the shuttle into town to visit the small craft market in the town square. At the market there were vendors of tagua nut carvings and of coarse Panama Hats. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture.   Title Slide Tuna Fountain Craft Market Craft Market Craft Market Craft...

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Manta, Ecuador

We arrived in the Port of Manta, Ecuador Saturday, January 11, and decided to go to Montecristi, the home of the Panama hat. On our way we stopped at a Tagua nut button factory, where we saw a demonstration of how buttons were made from the nuts. At the factory there were also nut carvers selling different carvings. After leaving the factory we stopped in the town of El Chorillo where Agave fiber bags were made. These bags were originally used to hold coffee beans. From there we traveled to a hill above Montecristi to a new cultural center that was built since the last time we were here in...

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Guayaquil, Ecuador

From the port of Guayaquil, we traveled inland to a working hacienda and then a Dole banana plantation.             At the hacienda Packing and labeling for market Washing the bananas Cutting into hands Ready to cut the bunch Cutting a bunch Entrance to the plantation A warm welcome On our way to the hacienda A view of the...

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Manta, Ecuador

As we docked in Manta, we saw the tuna boats unloading their catch. Today we went to a Tagua nut button factory. We observed the process of making buttons out of this natural material. We then proceeded to Montecristi, the home of the Panama Hat, where weavers were making the hats by hand.       Manta, Ecuador Weaving the hats Sorting the button sizes Drilling the holes Cutting the nuts Dried Tagua nuts A Tagua nut Unloading the tuna boats...

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