Machala Ecuador

Machala Ecuador is a very busy and commercial city known for its shrimp and extensive banana production.

The most attractive locations in Machala are Puerto Bolivar and Jambeli Islands.


Machala is located South of the City of Guayaquil It's the capital of El Oro Province and the commercial heart of Ecuador's main banana producing region.

Machala Ecuador has now 250,000 inhabitants, and has became one of the largest growing cities in the country.

Machala has a highly touted International Banana & Agricultural Festival during the third week in September, when a contest of different countries from Latin America is held to elect The Banana Queen.

This celebration is important too because it opens the world of exportation for the people that cultivate bananas or want to do business.

On the main road to Machala, southeast of the city, stands the statue of El Bananero, a man carrying a large branch of bananas. This is Machala's most telling monument.

Machala Ecuador, is a good stopping point on the way to Huaquillas town near the Peruvian border. Good hotels are mainly found in the center of the city.

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Machala Ecuador Attractions

Puerto Bolivar

Is located 7 km from Machala city, this port is the largest area for south coast banana and shrimp exportation in Ecuador.

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 which are the locals favorite vacation spot from Machala bustling town center.

Boats leave 09:00, 12:00, 15:00 and 17:00 returning one hour later. Departures are more often on weekends ($2 per person), or US$10.00 for a boat with up to 18 people anytime.

The Waterfront area houses various restaurants famous for fresh quality fish, lobster and shrimps from various balcony positions as you watch a host of seabirds and fishing boats glide quietly by.

Love Island

Has an amazing abundance of birdlife. You can rent a canoe and paddle around the mangrove swamps on your own or take a motorized boat tour of the harbour or both if you prefer.

Other excursions can be made to nearby beaches, such as Playa Bravita (35 minutes), or to Costa Rica (2 hours).

Take always your passport because a military base is crossed by on the way. A boat to Costa Rica for the whole day is about US$80.

Jambeli Beaches

Jambeli beaches are the locals favorite vacation spot from Machala bustling town center.

Jambeli is visited by many people from the mountain region especially in February when it is hot and humid. Small hotels and restaurants offer basic facilities for visitors.

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Best Hotel in Machala EcuadorThe Swiss Hotel has 70 deluxe rooms, fully furnished, including 12 suites all with air-conditioning, mini bar, Internet, in-room safety box, cable TV and 24 hours free movies, laundry and room service.

Transfers to/from airport on request. Private parking. Enjoy nature surround by our tropical gardens and outdoor tennis court.

This hotel in Machala Ecuador offers four restaurants. In and outdoor, reflect tropical construction and decoration. It offers breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, featuring the very best Ecuadorian and international cuisine.

The country of Ecuador has 24 provinces including the Galapagos Islands. Within these provinces the country is divided into 4 distinct regions which are: The Highlands, the Coast, the Amazon Rainforest and the Galapagos Islands forming the fourth region respectively.

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