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Ecuador, Machala cityMachala is a city in south-west Ecuador, capital of the El Oro Province. It is located near the Gulf of Guayaquil (an arm of the Pacific Ocean) 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 the Jambeli Islands.

Puerto Bolivar, the city's outport and one of Ecuador's leading banana-exporting points, is to the southwest.

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Every September 24th, Machala celebrates the World Banana Fair with a variety of events, such as the selection of the Banana Queen. Commerce has turned it into a lively town, with first-class accommodations and restaurants offering delicious local delicacies. The main square, Abdon Calderon, with its Cathedral, and the residential sectors are worth a visit. Many hotels are situated in the centre of the city.

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