Located some 7 km from Machala
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.
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 infamous for fresh quality fish, lobster
form various balcony positions as you watch a host of seabirds and fishing boats glide quietly by.
Isla del Amor
, is another site worth exploring with a rich bird life and huge mangroves [US$10.00* per boat
]. Or just rent a canoe for an hour to explore the surrounding channels [Insect repellent is a must
Other excursions can be made to nearby beaches, such as Playas Bravita
], or to Costa Rica
]. Take always your passport because a military base is crossed by on the way.
to Costa Rica for the whole day is about US$80*
[up to 14 people
*The prices are approximately