Things to Do in El Oro Province

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  • Andrew C
    Canton, MI3 contributions
    A bit of an adventure to get to the waterfalls, but really worth the hike!
    Start in either Machala or El Guabo (both in El Oro province) and look for the provincial bus route between the two city centers. The bus will read Machala- El Guabo in the front window, and should cost about 75 cents per person. As you pay the bus toll be sure to tell the bus driver that you want to be dropped off at the entrance for Cascadas de Manuel. There will be a large sign along the side of the highway, and the entrance will be along a banana plantation. From the main highway you'll need to hire a pickup truck taxi, or be comfortable with hitch-hiking, as the entrance to the waterfalls is around 5 miles from the main highway.
    My girlfriend and I went on a Sunday and we were able to thumb a ride after walking up the entrance road for about 30 minutes. The park had a good number of people visiting for a Sunday, but not too crowded. There are 8 waterfalls along the hike, with numbers 2 and 8 being the most impressive. You can enjoy your entire visit around the first two waterfalls, if you have young children or aren't confident in your hiking ability. The first two waterfalls are easily accessed, but from there the trail becomes steeper and slicker. We both wore flip-flops which were a bit slippery for climbing the muddied rocks along the trail. Durable shoes and a good level of fitness are advised for making the full trek. Most of the waterfalls have a nice pool to swim in, or wash the mud off your feet.
    The park is open everyday from 7am to 6pm, and costs $2 per person. Pack some water and food, as there are no vendors around the park. There are no designated camping sites, and if you want to 'rough it' make sure to bring bug-repellant.
    Written June 29, 2014
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  • Deb V
    Orangeville, Canada10 contributions
    The petrified forest was great to visit. Nice hike with knowledgeable guide, she only spoke Spanish however the points still came across.
    The wide trunked majestic trees with the bottom looking like elephant legs are great to see.
    Our taxi driver added to the trip taking extra care.
    Thanks
    Written March 11, 2020
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  • Ndansette
    Banbury, UK39 contributions
    Great visit entering deep into the earth. Guided tour in Spanish. Boots and helmet provided. The visit starts with a video (English Subtitles)
    Written January 29, 2023
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  • Alicia G
    MONTROSE4 contributions
    Tanya's passionate mission is contagious. Our tour group enjoyed a hands on experience of making chocolate from raw cocoa beans. She then created a four course meal in front of us on her patio. Using only ingredients and produce grown on her farm. She made our tour so informative and fun. Please add Happy Fruit Agroecological Farm to your itinerary.
    Thank you Tanya
    Written November 3, 2022
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  • Sara
    Pereira, Colombia1 contribution
    I traveled with my family to Machala, a coastal city in Ecuador. It is an excessively hot place. On the other hand, the people there are very friendly and polite, we met very nice people during the stay. As for the food, we could never get used to the taste of the food, it was not very pleasant, although their roasts were delicious. Machala is not an expensive city but its citizens said that it was cheaper to buy before the currency changed to the dollar.
    Written December 6, 2021
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  • Ndansette
    Banbury, UK39 contributions
    The colonial architecture is typical; I was there for the week-end and the atmosphere is welcoming and relaxed; great place to sit at a terrasse and enjoy the surrounding
    Written January 30, 2023
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  • slbsc
    California6 contributions
    This tour is an amazing opportunity to talk with banana farmers and workers and to learn about how all those bananas on our supermarket shelves are grown. The El Guabo banana farmers association has a long (and very interesting history) of helping farmers sell their bananas as organic and Fair Trade, which you can learn about on the tour. It's also a great opportunity to check out a part of Ecuador that is off the beaten path of most tourists. Not to be missed!
    Written December 3, 2009
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  • Karen A
    10 contributions
    The Sanctuary of the Virgen del Carmen is located in the historic center of Zaruma, is a very beautiful church that is characterized by wooden balconies and eaves.
    It has a large wooden altar carved and covered with gold and silver. The festivities in honor of the Virgin are made from 12 to 20 July, the date on which it is used to beautify the church more.
    Tourists take the opportunity to visit the Municipal Museum of Zaruma, the central park and enjoy the tasty coffee Zaruma
    Written June 21, 2016
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