Buses to Machala drop passengers at the bus company’s depot; most are a few blocks east of the central square, an easy walk to the city’s hotels. There’s a Ministerio de Turismo information office on the mezzanine of the Edificio Mil, Juan Montalvo and 25 de Junio (Mon–Fri 8.30am–5pm; t 07/2932106). The city centre is entirely walkable on foot, but if you need a taxi you can flag one down around the central square, or on any of the main arteries such as 25 de Junio or Vicente Rocafuerte; journeys within the central core cost $1.

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