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Machala EcuadorSouth of Guayaquil is the city of Machala. It's the capital of El Oro Province and the commercial heart of Ecuador's main banana-producing region. Despite its economic importance. Machala is also one of the largest Banana exporters in the world and as such is often nick-named the ‘Banana capital of the world'.

Machala, a lonely village with only 7549 neighbors, now with 250 thousand habitants, soon 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 La Reina del Banano ('The Banana Queen'). This celebration is important too because it opens the world of exportation for the people that have 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.

Puerto Bolivar and Jambeli

Jambeli EcuadorPuerto Bolivar, the city's outport and one of Ecuador's leading banana-exporting points, is to the southwest.

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.

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.

Also worth seeing in Machala is the Isla del Amor which 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. continues...

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