Santa Rosa Ecuador is a lovely town and is now internationally recognized for its an annual shrimp festivity.
During the festivity days the village organizes a contest for the best ceviche (famous Ecuadorian dish).
The town is located about 10 miles from Machala. People in Santa Rosa are very warm and friendly. The population of Santa Rosa is of around 42,000.
The city has beautiful parks, shopping centers, very good restaurants, hotels, rivers, and amazing festivities.
Machala, is a good stopping point on the way to Huaquillas at the Peruvian border. Hotels are mainly found in the center of the city.
Machala itself is a very busy and commercial city known for its immense shrimp and banana production.
The most attractive sights near Machala are: Puerto Bolivar and the Jambeli.
The port itself is protected by mangroves and during the day makes a pleasant waterfront detour with motorized boat services available for crossing to the Jambeli beaches.
These beaches are the locals favorite vacation spot from Machala bustling town center.
Isla del Amor, is another site worth exploring with a rich bird life and huge mangroves. Or you can rent a canoe for an hour to explore the surrounding channels.
There are several seafood stalls along the main street. The local specialty in Puerto Bolivar is roasted shells which are extremely delicious.
By the landing stretch in Santa Rosa Ecuador there is an exit for Puerto Jeli, a small fishing town located some 3 miles by the end of the main road.
In Puerto Jeli there are good places to eat. Tours to the Mangroves and the beach of Las Casitas are offered at the dock.
The festivities in Santa Rosa are every year from August 24th until the 30th.
The celebrations are held in front of the main Catholic Church of the town.
You will witness fireworks, folkloric music, typical dances, and traditional games.
Santa Rosa Ecuador belongs to the El Oro province (Gold province). It has been named that way because of its historically important gold production.
This Ecuador province is one of the worlds major banana exporters.
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El Oro province is divided in 14 cantons and features a wide range of attractions, such as the petrified forest of the Puyango River, and the Island of Santa Clara.
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