Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is situated 150 miles (241 kilometers) northeast of Portoviejo.
Staying in only one place, no matter how popular, will only ever furnish you with a limited view into the wider cultural and natural fabric of a region. So schedule in some time to tour Manabi's other sights and attractions. Manta, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the east, and San Clemente, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the south of Portoviejo are also waiting to be discovered.
Ask a local their favorite places to see, they'll often suggest Manabi's ever-popular open-air exhibits.
Be sure to throw in your camera and join one of the guided nature walks. Have you often wondered how it would feel to have a go at paragliding? This area is a good place to do it.
Knowing a little Spanish can sometimes make the difference between a simple vacation and a journey into the rich psyche of Manabi. One example of a handy Spanish sentence is "¿Querría bailar conmigo?" (Would you like to dance with me?). "This gentleman will pay for everything" is also useful, so practice saying "Este caballero pagará por todo"
When you have to check out and say "Adiós", you'll have loads of happy memories to take home.