Babahoyo Ecuador

Babahoyo Ecuador is the Capital city of Los Rios province. It is a Typical Coastal City Surrounded by Two Main Rivers.


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It is a processing and trade center for the surrounding agricultural region.

The rivers San Pablo and Caracol join together to form the Babahoyo river, which then flows into the majestic Guayas river.

Babahoyo handles rice, sugarcane, fruits, balsa wood, and vegetable ivory.

Rice and sugar are milled, and there is also a government-owned distillery making alcohol, ether, and perfume.

One of the main attractions of this city is to sail down the Babahoyo river, taking in the countryside and the traditional lifestyle of the area's Indigenous who live off of the land, sowing crops and raising cattle. During this trip you will be marveled to see floating houses along the way.

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In the center of Babahoyo you can visit the verdant gardens of Parque 24 de Mayo and the city's main cathedral, which is decorated with an enormous mosaic mural depicting the Virgin Mary.

Near Babahoyo Ecuador you can also visit the city of Vinces better known as Little Paris. This city, has well preserved colonial mansions constructed in wood once belonging to wealthy cocoa merchants, is a charming relic of the Los Rios Province.

Another main attraction of Vinces is its boat racing competitions in the Vinces river.

The city of Babahoyo has a population of approximately 150,000 inhabitants, it is also one of the 10 biggest cities of the country.

Its geographical location is one of the best because more than 25,000 cars, buses, trailers and trucks pass through Babahoyo every day.

Babahoyo is a commercial center between the coast and the highlands of Ecuador. Through the urban road network, the city has two pedestrian bridges that permit communication between Barreiro and El Salto.

There are four bridges for vehicles: the first two cross the Catarama River and the San Pablo river in the north of the city, the third crosses the Lagarto marsh in the south of the city, and the fourth is located in the town of La Ventura.

Babahoyo Ecuador Facts


46º south latitude and 97º 27 west latitude.


150.000 aprox.


25º to 29º (C) Celsius

Suggested Clothing

Light pants and short sleeve shirts. The city has a hot and humid.

Main Products

Bananas, rices, Cacao, corn, Soya, fine woods, mango.

Typical Food

Rice with beans, Sancocho de bocachico (soup), fish, shrimp and all sea related foods.

In Babahoyo Ecuador the main dish is the "ceviche" made of shrimp, fish and shell.

Also another famous dish in Babahoyo is the "Caldo de Manguera (sausage soup)."


Carnival Celebrations / February

Babahoyo Foundation / May 27th

Virgin of la Merced festivities / September 23

Province Creation / October 6

Discovery of America / October 12

Typical Rodeo Celebrations / October

New Years Eve / December 31

The Virgin of la Merced festivities are carried away in the following manner: from the 15th until the 23rd of September, different groups carry the Virgin through the streets of the city.

On the 24th the day of Merced is celebrated. Artisans from the highland and coastal regions of Ecuador visit the city to show and sell their handicrafts and there's even an amusement park for children.

Also national folkloric groups and sometimes international singers come to be part of the Virgin of la Merced festivities.

Babahoyo Ecuador is a typical coastal city full of nature and friendly people. Worth visiting...

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