Machala

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Machala
From top, left to right: Juan Montalvo Central Park, Bolivar Port, Our Lady of Mercy Cathedral, monument to Juan Montalvo in front of the City hall of Machala, monument to the Bananero, monument to the founding of UTMACH, Columbus Square and Municipalidad street.
From top, left to right: Juan Montalvo Central Park, Bolivar Port, Our Lady of Mercy Cathedral, monument to Juan Montalvo in front of the City hall of Machala, monument to the Bananero, monument to the founding of UTMACH, Columbus Square and Municipalidad street.
Flag of Machala
Nickname(s): 
Banana Capital of the World
Machala is located in Ecuador
Machala
Machala
Location of Machala in Ecuador
Coordinates: 3°16′S 79°58′W / 3.267°S 79.967°W / -3.267; -79.967
Country Ecuador
ProvinceEl Oro
CantonMachala
Founded1573
Government
 • MayorDario Macas Salvatierra
Area
 • City207.09 km2 (79.96 sq mi)
 • Metro
330.18 km2 (127.48 sq mi)
Elevation
6 m (20 ft)
Population
 (2010)
 • City241,606
 • Density1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
 • Metro
245,972
Demonym(s)Machaleño / a
Time zoneUTC-5 (ECT)
Area code(s)(+593) 7
Websitewww.machala.gob.ec (in Spanish)

Machala (Spanish pronunciation: [maˈtʃala]) is a city in south-west Ecuador. It is the capital of the El Oro Province. Machala has a population of 241,606 since 2010. It is called the Banana Capital of the World.

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