Portoviejo is the capitol of Manabí Province. It is the sixth largest city in Ecuador. Many people visit Portoviejo from Bahia de Caraquez to shop at the Mall and other specialty stores that can’t be found in Bahia. In Portoviejo you will also find medical specialists, hospitals, and other services that are not available in Bahia. You can reach Portoviejo by taxi, private driver, or bus. It takes a little over an hour to drive there.
You can catch a bus to Portoviejo from Bahia at the Bus Terminal (Terminal Terrestre) in Bahia which is about 6 Kilometers out of town. The cost of the bus trip to Portoviejo is about $1.50USD.