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El Oro

Provincia de El Oro
Province of El Oro
Flag of El Oro
Official seal of El Oro
El Oro in Ecuador (+Galapagos).svg
Cantons of El Oro Province
Cantons of El Oro Province
Country Ecuador
Established April 23, 1884
Capital Machala
Cantons List of Cantons
 • Total 5,766.68 km2 (2,226.53 sq mi)
Highest elevation
3,590 m (11,780 ft)
Lowest elevation
0 m (0 ft)
 (2010 census)
 • Total 600,659
 • Density 104.16028/km2 (269.7739/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Population 2001
Time zone UTC-5 (ECT)
Area code(s) 07
Vehicle registration O

El Oro is a province in Ecuador. The capital is Machala.

It was named for its historically important gold production. Today it is one of the world's major exporters of bananas.


The province is divided into 14 cantons. The following table lists each with its population at the 2019 census, its area in square kilometres (km²), and the name of the canton seat or capital.

Canton Pop. (2019) Area (km²) Seat/Capital
Arenillas 32,920 803 Arenillas
Atahualpa 6,410 278 Paccha
Balsas 9,010 69 Balsas
Chilla 2,410 328 Chilla
El Guabo 62,460 603 El Guabo
Huaquillas 59,420 72 Huaquillas
Las Lajas 4,980 297 La Victoria
Machala 286,120 338 Machala
Marcabelí 6,210 147 Marcabelí
Pasaje 86,580 452 Pasaje
Piñas 29,930 615 Piñas
Portovelo 13,910 282 Portovelo
Santa Rosa 81,210 889 Santa Rosa
Zaruma 25,650 645 Zaruma

Coordinates: 3°16′00″S 79°58′00″W / 3.26667°S 79.9667°W / -3.26667; -79.9667

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