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Huaquillas to Machala, Ecuador - This Is Where They Grow Bananas

Ecuador travel blog by Mark Berman - June 2009 October 2018   » View Photoset (20 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!

2hrs by Bus to Machala

From Huaquillas I took a bus and spent 2 or more hours traveling north through banana plantations for miles and miles. One of the most enjoyable things
Ecuador Photo - A tub of ice-cold coconut juice, buy some in a plastic bag with straw, Machala.
A tub of ice-cold coconut juice, buy some in a plastic bag with straw, Machala.
to see on bus journeys in Ecuador are the traffic islands, they all have amazing monuments in the middle of them, not statues. I made a point of sitting on the left on buses from then on.

A Night in Machala

Once in Machala I found something to eat and a budget hotel in the market area just off the main plaza. I walked to the plaza where there is a white cathedral and water feature and took a few photos. On one side of the plaza is a big ice-cream parlour that I visited a couple of times while there. There is also an ATM and a huge internet cafe.

Around the Markets

I enjoyed walking through the markets
Ecuador Photo - Machala fruit market, strawberries, kiwifruit, peaches, mangos, bananas.
Machala fruit market, strawberries, kiwifruit, peaches, mangos, bananas.
on my way back to the hotel, the locals were quite friendly and the man at the meat market wanted me to take his photo. I stopped at a street stall on wheels where they had icey cold coconut juice in tubs for sale, the weather was rather hot! You could also buy barbarqued bananas, ice cream, fruit 'n' vegetables, meat, shoes, yellow Ecuador soccer shirts and all kinds of goods there.

Crab Soup

Next to my hotel was a little restaurant that served only crab soup. They provided a wooden board and hammer to help retrieve the crab meat although this was rather messy and fiddly and I didn't get that much meat off it. The locals at the next table were having a great meal with their crab soup while watching and laughing at me bash mine to pieces. Machala is a good place to spend a night to rest on your travels.

Bus To Guayaquil & Zaruma

My 2nd time in Machala I arrived from Guayaquil (3hrs 15mins) after being on the coast. I spent the night in Machala and continued by bus to Zaruma (2hrs 30mins) towards the east.



     

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Distances & times (if available) from Machala (Ecuador) to:


Map location: Machala, Ecuador. This is where they grow bananas, between the border and first city northward - Machala.
 A : Huaquillas - Ecuador 36 kms 36 kms straight distance | 1hr 16mins 1hr 16mins by car (76 kms) | 1hr 31mins 1hr 31mins by bus (76 kms) (76 kms)
 B : Cuenca - Ecuador 115 kms 115 kms straight distance | 3hrs 16mins 3hrs 16mins by car (174 kms) | 3hrs 55mins 3hrs 55mins by bus (174 kms) (174 kms)
 C : Mancora - Peru 151 kms 151 kms straight distance | 3hrs 22mins 3hrs 22mins by car (207 kms) | 4hrs 2mins 4hrs 2mins by bus (207 kms) (207 kms)
 D : Guayaquil - Ecuador 123 kms 123 kms straight distance | 3hrs 46mins 3hrs 46mins by car (218 kms) | 4hrs 31mins 4hrs 31mins by bus (218 kms) (218 kms)
 E : Loja - Ecuador 118 kms 118 kms straight distance | 4hrs 14mins 4hrs 14mins by car (229 kms) | 5hrs 4mins 5hrs 4mins by bus (229 kms) (229 kms)
 F : Alausi - Ecuador 172 kms 172 kms straight distance | 4hrs 25mins 4hrs 25mins by car (263 kms) | 5hrs 18mins 5hrs 18mins by bus (263 kms) (263 kms)
 G : Vilcabamba - Ecuador 140 kms 140 kms straight distance | 5hrs 1min 5hrs 1min by car (270 kms) | 6hrs 1min 6hrs 1min by bus (270 kms) (270 kms)
 H : Zamora - Ecuador 145 kms 145 kms straight distance | 5hrs 25mins 5hrs 25mins by car (294 kms) | 6hrs 30mins 6hrs 30mins by bus (294 kms) (294 kms)
 I : Guaranda - Ecuador 215 kms 215 kms straight distance | 5hrs 20mins 5hrs 20mins by car (309 kms) | 6hrs 24mins 6hrs 24mins by bus (309 kms) (309 kms)
 J : Riobamba & Colta Lagoon - Ecuador 228 kms 228 kms straight distance | 5hrs 25mins 5hrs 25mins by car (318 kms) | 6hrs 30mins 6hrs 30mins by bus (318 kms) (318 kms)
 K : Ecuador (Macara) to Sullana to Piura - Peru 166 kms 166 kms straight distance | 7hrs 41mins 7hrs 41mins by car (336 kms) | 9hrs 13mins 9hrs 13mins by bus (336 kms) (336 kms)
 L : Vilcabamba to Zumba - Ecuador 182 kms 182 kms straight distance | 6hrs 35mins 6hrs 35mins by car (344 kms) | 7hrs 54mins 7hrs 54mins by bus (344 kms) (344 kms)
 M : Puerto Lopez - Ecuador 210 kms 210 kms straight distance | 6hrs 9mins 6hrs 9mins by car (383 kms) | 7hrs 22mins 7hrs 22mins by bus (383 kms) (383 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Huaquillas to Machala, Ecuador:

Hotel Perla del Pacifico, Machala, Ecuador - Large Photo
Hotel Perla del Pacifico, Machala, Ecuador (October 2018 - 1 night) - Comfortable room on the top 4th floor for 2 people for $22 per night. Private bathroom, wifi and tv. Located a few blocks from the main plaza. Window that opened and views of the city. One of the more economical accommodation options in central Machala. Recommended.
Hotel Majestic, Machala, Ecuador - Large Photo
Hotel Majestic, Machala, Ecuador (Jun 2009 - 1 night) - Smallish room with a window, in the market area, some computers in the reception for free use, nice owners, not expensive. A restaurant is in the foyer, there is a restaurant 3 doors away that make only crab soup.

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