At first glance, the small city of Machala doesn't look like much. But its somewhat humble appearance is only the surface of this diverse little city. Not taking the time to explore this busy little commercial center would be a mistake – there is so much more to it than meets the eye!
The town of Macas, Ecuador, was once known as “Sevilla del Ora” which, when translated, means “Golden Seville”. This historical town began its humble beginnings as a Missionary Outpost formed by the Dominican Church shortly after the Spanish conquest in 1533. This thriving centre also became a formidable Spanish trading post during its early stages of its history.