Some 73km southwest of Machala, HUAQUILLAS is a chaotic, jerry-built, mosquito-ridden border town. Its main commercial street is lined by hundreds of hectic market stalls selling cheap clothes, shoes, bags, food and electrical goods, while enormous shop signs hang over their canopies from dilapidated buildings on either side. Most visitors crossing the border avoid staying here by spending the night in Machala, but if you need a place to sleep you’ll find clean, modest rooms with private bathrooms, air conditioning and cable TVs at the Hotel Hernancor on 1 de Mayo and Hualtaco, while the cheaper Rodey, Teniente Córdovez and 10 de Agosto, has only fans. There are a number of inexpensive canteens, but good restaurants include La Habana, T. Córdovez and Santa Rosa, for its affordable seafood, grills, breakfast and almuerzos, and El Flamingo, Avenida de la República and Costa Rica, for cakes, shakes and ice creams. Internet facilities are available at Hot Net, Avenida de la República and Santa Rosa.


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