Machala is a city in south-west Ecuador, capital of the El Oro Province. It is located near the Gulf of Guayaquil on fertile lowlands. It has a population of 216,901 (2000 estimate). Machala is a commercial centre for the surrounding agriculture industries. There is a large local trade in bananas, coffee and cocoa. It houses a university and serves as a stopping-off point on the way to nearby port Puerto Bolívar and the Jambelí Islands. Machala has a small airport (IATA location identifier: MCH). Edit this section or read more

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