Theme Week Ecuador – Machala

Thursday, 26 April 2018 - 12:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General

Juan Montalvo Park and Machala Cathedral © Arellanitosh/cc-by-sa-3.0

Juan Montalvo Park and Machala Cathedral © Arellanitosh/cc-by-sa-3.0

Machala is a city in south-west Ecuador. It is the capital of the El Oro Province, and is located near the Gulf of Guayaquil on fertile lowlands. Machala has a population of 245,000; it is the fourth-biggest city in the country, and the second-most important port. It has been referred to as the Banana Capital of the World.

Machala is a commercial center for the surrounding agriculture industries. There is a large trade in bananas, coffee and cocoa. The banana industry is especially oriented for exportation, and plays a huge role in the city’s economy. Bananas are shipped out from nearby Puerto Bolívar mainly to North America. Machala’s geographical position near Guayaquil also makes it an important transportation center. Many travelers heading south to Peru or north to Guayaquil funnel through the city. It is not known as a tourist destination among Ecuadorians or international tourists, though its proximity to the Pacific Ocean positions it close to beaches. Machala has a growing economy that was marked in 2007 by the inauguration of its first mall, with a movie theater, on the outskirts of the city.

Puerto Bolivar © flickr.com - Bélica/cc-by-2.0 Bananas from Machala, the Banana Capital of the World © Augustus Binu/cc-by-sa-4.0 Machala Church © flickr.com - Alfredo Andaluz/cc-by-2.0 Juan Montalvo Park and Machala Cathedral © Arellanitosh/cc-by-sa-3.0
<
>
Bananas from Machala, the Banana Capital of the World © Augustus Binu/cc-by-sa-4.0
The center of Machala is dominated by a large Catholic church and a central plaza. The plaza was built in the early 2000s to include a large fountain. There are many hotels situated in the center of the city. Las Brisas, located nearly a mile from the central plaza, is another popular place in Machala; it is a wealthier neighborhood which used to serve as a popular hangout for local teenagers. But the remodeling of La Zona Rosa, as well as the decreased safety of the area, have led to its becoming less popular.

Machala has one university, the Universidad Técnica de Machala. There are many private schools in Machala and one public high school – Colegio 9 de Octubre. The city serves as a stopping-off point on the way to nearby Puerto Bolívar and the Jambelí Islands, which can only be reached by ferry.

Here you can find the complete Overview of all Theme Weeks.

Read more on Machala, LonelyPlanet.com – Machala, Wikitravel Machala, Wikivoyage Machala and Wikipedia Machala. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




Recommended posts:

Share this post: (Please note data protection regulations before using buttons)

False Creek in Vancouver

False Creek in Vancouver

[caption id="attachment_153916" align="aligncenter" width="590"] False Creek at blue hour © flickr.com - Kenny Louie/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]False Creek is a short inlet in the heart of Vancouver. It separates downtown from the rest of the city. It was named by George Henry Richards during his Hydrographic survey of 1856-63. Science World is located at its eastern end and the Burrard Street Bridge crosses its western end. False Creek is also spanned by the Granville Street and Cambie bridges. The Canada Line tunnel ...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

Växjö in Southern Sweden

Växjö in Southern Sweden

[caption id="attachment_160748" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Växjö Theatre © Mikael Ekbäck[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Växjö is a city and the seat of Växjö Municipality, Kronoberg County, with 60,887 inhabitants. It is the administrative, cultural and industrial centre of Kronoberg County. The town is home to Linnaeus University. Växjö houses Sweden's National Glass Museum and claims to be the capital of the Kingdom of Crystal as well as of the "Kingdom of Furniture". The Swedish Emigrant Institute was estab...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

The Hotel de Bilderberg

The Hotel de Bilderberg

[caption id="attachment_161272" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hotel de Bilderberg - 2007 © Michiel1972[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Hotel de Bilderberg is a hotel in Oosterbeek in the Netherlands where the Bilderberg Group first met in 1954. The hotel gave its name both to the Group and those who participate in its activities (Bilderbergers). It is operated by the Bilderberg hotel chain, which runs 20 hotels in the Netherlands, owned by Goldman Sachs and the Westmont Hospitality Group. Read more on Hotel de Bilde...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

Theme Week Catalonia - Badalona

Theme Week Catalonia - Badalona

[caption id="attachment_151298" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Port of Badalona © Vicente Maza Gómez/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Badalona is a city in eastern Catalonia. It is located in the comarca of the Barcelonès, joined to Barcelona and part of its metropolitan area. It is situated on the left bank of the small Besòs River and on the Mediterranean Sea, backed by the Serra de la Marina mountain range. Badalona is the third most-populated municipality in Catalonia after Barcelona and L'Hospitalet de Llobregat...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, capital of Camargue

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, capital of Camargue

[caption id="attachment_160816" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Aerial view © flickr.com - Jean-Louis Vandevivère[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is the capital of the Camargue in the south of France. It is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department by the Mediterranean Sea. Population: 2,500 (50,000+ during the summer holidays). It has the second-largest area of all communes in Metropolitan France, smaller only than that of neighboring Arles. The village of Saintes Marie de la Mer, a place of warm recep...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

Salisbury in Wiltshire

Salisbury in Wiltshire

[caption id="attachment_151976" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ox Row © geograph.org.uk - Chris Talbot/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Salisbury (the anglicised form of Salzburg) is a cathedral city in Wiltshire, England and the only city within the county. It is the 2nd largest settlement in the county by population, between Chippenham and Swindon. It has also been called New Sarum to distinguish it from the original site of settlement to the north of the city at Old Sarum, but this alternative name is not in common u...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

Castelmezzano in Southern Italy

Castelmezzano in Southern Italy

[caption id="attachment_160738" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Castelmezzano © Generale Lee[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Castelmezzano is a town and comune in the province of Potenza, in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata. The origins of Castelmezzano date to approximately between the 6th and 5th centuries BC, when Greek settlers in the valley of penetrarono Basento and founded a town called Maudoro, meaning roughly the world of gold. In the 10th century AD, the Saracen invasions forced the local population to find a new ...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

400th anniversary of William Shakespeare

400th anniversary of William Shakespeare

[caption id="attachment_161465" align="aligncenter" width="460"] William Shakespeare by John Taylor[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. Hi...

[ read more/mehr lesen ]

Return to Top ▲Return to Top ▲
© JORGITO1983/cc-by-sa-4.0
Theme Week Ecuador – Guayaquil

Guayaquil, officially Santiago de Guayaquil (English: St. James of Guayaquil), is the largest and the most populous city in Ecuador,...

Thomas Mann at Hotel Adlon in Berlin, 1929 © Bundesarchiv/cc-by-sa-3.0-de
Portrait: Thomas Mann

Paul Thomas Mann was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and the 1929 Nobel Prize in...

Catedral de Santo Domingo © Berposen/cc-by-sa-4.0
Theme Week Ecuador – Santo Domingo de los Colorados

Santo Domingo de los Colorados, simply referred to as Santo Domingo, is a city and seat of the canton that...

Schließen