Welcome to Puerto Bolívar & Jambelí

Jambelí island is a worn-down tourist destination, but its sunny beaches and sandy lanes still draw Machala residents seeking a quick escape from city life. It's busier on weekends, but most of the time the island retains its sleepy vibe and ragged, unkempt charm. Jambelí's canal is a good spot for bird-watching, with plenty of pelicans, egrets and gray herons nesting in the undergrowth. Keep your eyes peeled for male frigates showing their big red pouches.

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