Portoviejo Tourism

Portoviejo (Spanish pronunciation: [poɾtoˈβjexo], locally: [poɾtoˈβjeho]) is a city in Ecuador, and the capital the Province of Manabí 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the Pacific coast. (Population: about 250,000). 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. This large city is the capital of Manabí Province and is important for coffee, cattle and fishing. Founded on March 12, 1535, it is one of the oldest cities in Ecuador and is the sixth largest. Portoviejo has a thriving agricultural-processing industry and is an important commercial center, with good road connections to Quito and Guayaquil. This city houses close to 200,000 inhabitants and is the capital of Manabi province as well as the main center for commercial activity such as coffee production, fishing and cattle ranching. It is also famous for kapok mattresses and pillows made from the ceibo seed case and is a good place to buy hammocks. You can stroll around the city easily by foot and visit the Parque Eloy Alfaro which faces the local cathedral. An interesting nearby village to visit is Sosote just a few minutes from Portoviejo, it's worth visiting because of its tagua workshops. The main street has several stalls selling tagua figures.

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  • Know the pollution level of Portoviejo before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 37.5 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Portoviejo for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Portoviejo.

    • Burglary and Theft 37.5 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 50 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 66.67 (High)
    • Attacks 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 37.5 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 20.83 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 37.5 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Safety Index 55.64 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 49.14 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 13.89 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Portoviejo

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 47.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 85 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 40 USD

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