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Portoviejo


Portoviejo is a city in Ecuador, and the capital the Province of Manabí 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the Pacific coast. Also known as the city of the “Royal Tamarind Trees” for the beautiful trees found in the area. Portoviejo is the main political and economical centre of the Portoviejo River valley, which also includes the cantons of Santa Ana and Rocafuerte, where about 110 square kilometres (42 square miles) are cultivated every year.
The valley is rich in the production of tomatoes, onions, peppers, bananas, mangoes and other tropical fruits. The city, which was affected by economic crisis in the eighties and nineties, is now recovering but severe budget limitations and a huge unemployment rate present difficulties for local authorities. Portoviejo is a large commercial center for the province, where there are two shopping malls, one with a large hypermarket, 8 movie theaters, food court, and other stores. There is a large flea market in downtown. Locals are very friendly and very well educated.
The city is home of the cancer treatment hospital “Dr Julio Villacreses Colmont” serving the provinces of Manabí and Esmeraldas. Portoviejo is the perfect place to enjoy traditional Manabí cuisine, of great fame in Ecuador, usually at countryside restaurants located on the side of the Portoviejo-Crucita roadway. The local airport is used for domestic flights.

Population: 223,086 (2010)
Area: 967.5 km²


History
Founded March 12, 1535 by the Spanish captain Francisco Pacheco as “Villa Nueva de San Gregorio de Portoviejo”. One of the greatest poets to come from Portoviejo was Vicente Amador Flor, who wrote many poems about the city. Sandra Vinces Miss Ecuador 2009 was born in this city. On April 16 and 17, 2016, a large earthquake struck the region. Portoviejo sustained fatalities and building damage.


Currency
The US. dollar, current currency of the Republic of Ecuador.


Climate
Portoviejo has a subtropical steppe/ low-latitude semi-arid hot climate (Köppen-Geiger classification: BSh). The annual mean temperature is 25.3 degrees Celsius (77.6 degrees Fahrenheit). See the temperatures page for a monthly breakdown and the fixed scale graph. Average monthly temperatures vary by 4.7 °C (8.5°F). This indicates that the continentality type is hyperoceanic, subtype truly hyperoceanic.


Tourism
Being in the Ecuadorian coast Portoviejo has many attractions inside and outside the city, one of them is the Crucita Beach that along with the Mangrove La Boca conform the coastal profile of this canton. Crucita is recognized worldwide as a great place for the practice of paragliding. Also as part of the rural area is the Enchanted Lagoon located in the parish of San Placido. Changing location towards the city, we find the Mamey Ecological Park (much visited by athletes and children) located beside the River Portoviejo, the UTM park and Botanical Garden is the largest park in the city and it also has a large animal reserve, The Forest Park is located in the north of the city and is the busiest, and finally the Central Park Vicente Amador Flor, whose interior is full of history. The Cerro Jaboncillo archeological complex is a large complex with an archeological site and museum that exposes the history of the ancestors that inhabited the southern part of Manabí Province before the Spanish colonization.


Getting around
Bus travel in Ecuador is extremely affordable. City, or local, it will often take you from one end of town to the other. Most cities have a main bus terminal, while rural towns have a small station where pick-up and drop-off takes place.
City buses are safe and convenient, but watch your bags and pockets on crowded buses. There are various bus types, each identified by color. The blue Bus Tipos are the most common and allow standing. The red ejecutivo buses don’t allow standing passengers and are therefore less crowded, but are more infrequent.
Metrovia is a modern bus rapid transit system that runs mostly from north to south and east to west of the city. You can use both cash and an electronic card to pay. It is a realiable and easy-to-navigate transport system; and it has modern buses and stops.


Activities


Portoviejo Botanical Garden
Portoviejo Botanical Garden is an area preserved, botanical garden , arboretum , Orquideario , palmetum and rescue area. The Reserve Area has 37 hectares; Botanical Garden area 10 hectares area Rescue Center 3 hectares, making a total of 50 has extension, owned by the Technical University of Manibí, located in the western tropics of Ecuador , in the city of Portoviejo .

    Jardin Botanico de Portoviejo Catedral Metropolitana de Portoviejo  Futbol Aventura
 Jardin Botanico de Portoviejo  Catedral Metropolitana de Portoviejo  Futbol Aventura
Portoviejo Flea Market
Portoviejo Flea Market

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