What you need to know about Machala

Machala or San Antonio de Machala is an Ecuadorian city , capital of the Province of El Oro . It is the fourth most important city in the country economically and the second seaport .

It is a productive agricultural city, industrial and with a large commercial and banking movement, which is the economic pole of southwestern Ecuador. Its population is dedicated mostly to agricultural, industrial and port activities, which is why it is internationally recognized as the “Banana Capital of the World”. The city is the political, financial and economic center of the province, and one of the main ones of the country, it houses great cultural, financial, administrative and commercial organizations. It is known as the World Banana Capital , because from there through Puerto Bolívar this precious fruit is exported to the whole world. As well as processed products, food, mining, packaged and reserved. There is also, through the port of the city, the import of vehicles, wood, agricultural products, paper among others.

Population: 241,606 (2010)

  • City 207.09 km2 (79.96 sq mi)
  • Metro 330.18 km2 (127.48 sq mi)



It is located in the lowlands near the Gulf of Guayaquil , in the Pacific Ocean , thanks to the union with Puerto Bolivar, because before they were separated. Machala is located at the western end of the Jambelí archipelago . The city is between 0 and 12 meters high and occupies an area of 40 km² .


It has a warm-tropical climate, (sub-humid dry), influenced by the cold Humboldt current and the presence of the warm current of the Child that sometimes varies. Its average temperature is variable from 18 ° to 34 ° C.


Air Transport

Machala uses Regional Airport South , located in the city of Santa Rosa , is a cargo airport and tourists intended to link trade routes to Peru and vice versa. It has aereolíneas as: Tame

Land transport

Machala has some means of transportation such as bus, taxis, etc. In recent years the number of vehicles in the city has grown considerably in the city is estimated that about 50,000 vehicles pass daily.

The city has three urban transport companies that serve the city:

Coop. City Machala

Coop. Multioro

Coop. Oroconti