Beauty Pageant in Machala

World Banana Fair

The Feria Mundial del Banano, held the third week in September, is when Machala celebrates all things banana. An international contest takes place to elect La Reina del Banano (The Banana Queen). The competition has…
Cultural in Guayaquil

New Year’s Eve

Life-sized puppets (viejos), made out of papier-mâché, represent the old year. Some look like famous people and political figures and are displayed on the main streets of the city, then burned at midnight in bonfire…
Cultural in Guayaquil


Guayaquil's waterfront erupts with color and fiestas on the days immediately preceding Ash Wednesday and Lent. In addition to the festival's traditional throwing of water, Carnaval includes different floats celebrat…
Cultural in Guayaquil

Independence Day & Día de la Raza

These two events combine to create a long holiday full of cultural events, parades and bigger-than-usual crowds on the malecón. Independence Day is October 9 (1820) and Día de la Raza is October 12.
Cultural in Guayaquil

Simón Bolívar’s Birthday & Founding of Guayaquil

The city goes wild with parades, art shows, beauty pageants, fireworks, and plenty of drinking and dancing for Simón Bolívar’s Birthday (called Día de Simon Bolivar) and Guayaquil Foundation day.