The hotel of the workshop is the Hotel Oro Verde in Manta located at Calle Malecon Av 23; Manta 1305135, Ecuador. To make your reservations contact:
Phone: 593 5 2629200 ext 8006
Manta has an international cargo airport, Eloy Alfaro International Airport, and an important military base. The city has some of South America's most breathtaking beaches. The city was selected as the site of the sixth South American Windsurfing Championship. It is renowned for its diving and sport fishing.
Manta possesses one of the most solid city economies in Ecuador. The main industries are fishing and tuna canning and processing. Processed tuna is exported to Europe and the U.S. International tuna corporations including Bumble Bee, Van Camps, British Columbia Packers, and Conservas Isabel, as well as leading national tuna processor Marbelize, have sizable factories in Manta. Other important products include vegetable oil. Large Ecuadorian corporations including La Fabril and Ales have their main factories in Manta. Tourism is increasingly important for Manta's economy. Various cruise ships will make a port of call visit to Manta while traveling the southern Pacific Ocean. In addition, produced in Manabí and known throughout the world are the original and official "Panama" hats, which are made in the nearby town of Montecristi. Panama hats are favorite souvenirs among visitors of Manta. Manabí is also famous for its delicious cuisine.
Manta receives numerous visits from foreign as well as local tourists. The most visited beaches include "El Murciélago," "Santa Marianita," "San Lorenzo," and "Barbasquillo." Surfers often travel to San Lorenzo to find powerful waves. Kitesurfing has recently become very popular in Santa Marianita (Playa Bonita) because of the excellent wind conditions and large beach.
Nearby, is also the small town of Montecristi, founded in the early 17th century. With its colonial architecture, this small town is best known for its wickerwork weaving.
Attendees are strongly advised to ensure they fulfill all legal requirements to enter Ecuador. Besides a valid passport, an entry visa and invitation letter may also be required.
SPE offers an official electronic invitation letter to assist you in the visa process upon registration confirmation. Please contact Victoria Munoz-Vivero at LAC@spe.org for invitation letter requests.
Note: It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to Ecuador. This letter does not guarantee that you will be granted a visa, nor does it commit SPE to assist you in obtaining a visa. SPE will not pay any expenses incurred by you. We cannot send the letter to the embassy or consulate for you, nor can SPE contact the embassy or consulate on your behalf.
When traveling, as in any major city, take certain precautions whether you are traveling or exploring the city. Here are some general tips to help make the most of your trip: