Seafood is a big thing in the coast. There is fresh seafood found everywhere. The first night in Guayaquil my cousin brought all kinds of crabs for dinner. I had never seen so many live crabs. On our trip to the coast it was all about ceviche, oysters, shrimp, and fish. I was having a hard time because I dont eat any seafood.
Why do you want to come here ? Pourquoi ici ?
Guayaquil... Lima... Same story, same fight...
Big cities, no charm (though the Malecon 2000 is beautiful... but still not charming !) crowded streets, buidings and everything else you may have in the biggest city of your country... So why do you want to stay here ???
Guayaquil, Lima, meme combat. Grosses villes sans charme (bien que le Malecon 2000 soit beau, il reste sans charme !), plein de gens, rue bondees, traffics et gros buildings. Bref, allez dans la plus grosse ville de votre pays, et ce sera pareil... Alors pourquoi venir ici ?
New Year's victims
If you happen to be around -not only the city but the country in general- during late december, you will witness one of the most particular local customs: "años viejos". They are dummies originally meant to represent every bad thing happened during the year and therefore burnt at New Year's eve. But nowadays the art of ellaborating these have perfectionated and evolved to represent characters from local politics or show-business. Among the places to watch the best samples is this one, in Alborada neighborhood, Jose Maria Egas street, close to Pacifictel building.
In and around Guayaquil, you can visit so different kinds of sites like museums, churches, ecological areas, shopping malls, handicraft markets, tourist areas and any place you prefer to visit at any trip you do.
Guayaquil has a colorful new welcoming face to tourists from any part of the world and that’s the principal reason to have lot of under construction streets at the downtown principally, but please do not take that reason to feel uncomfortable with our hostelling wherever you are.
Between the sites I recommend to go at the downtown are the Malecon 2000 from the glass box to the MAAC (Museo Antropologico y de Arte Contemporaneo), the colorful Santa Ana Hill and its big headlight and the catholic chapel at top, the “9 de Octubre” Av, the Cathedral and its Iguana Park (Seminario Park), the San Francisco Church, the handicraft market and the Centenario Park with its historical independence column but please do not forget to go to the Guayaquil City Museum where you will find all about the history of this special place guided by very high qualified tourism students guys.
About shopping malls I recommend the “Mall del Sol”, the Policentro and the San Marino newest mall in front of the Policentro everyone located at the north of the city. (The Malecon 2000 has also a little Shopping mall in downtown).
About ecological areas, I prefer to go to the Cerro Blanco Forest Area, the Churute Mangroves National Reserve, the Puerto Hondo Mangroves Protected Area, the Botanical Garden and finally the Andrade Foundation Protected Area near to Churute at almost 46 km from the City in a very good state road way to Machala city.
If you want to know something more specific about Guayaquil, you have to go to the Historical Park located in front of the City at the road way to Samborondon. For more information about this site please visit: www.parquehistorico.com
If I can assist you in any way please feel free to contact me.
Guayaquil - The 'Pearl of the Pacific'
Guayaquil is a hot tropical city. While not the tourist mecca of Quito, it offers plenty to keep you busy for a few days.
The friendly, approachable demeaner of the Guayaquilenos will make you feel at home in no time at all.
Most tourists to Guayaquil will visit the famous 'Iguana Park' in the center of town (about 2 blocks West of the Malecon 2000). This park is impressive only because of the hundreds of giant iguanas who seem to have no fear. These beasts walk around completely unfazed by the gawking tourists.
It's even possible to pose with an Iguana, that you are petting or feeding (a banana works best), without losing a finger.
However, you don't need to go to that park to see the iguanas - they can be found virtually everywhere you might go in the city. Just look for the telltale iguana droppings under trees in any park (don't stand under these trees for too long!) and if you are patient and have a good eye, you will see one sunning on a high branch.
The city government of Guayaquil has been working hard to improve the image of the city, and there are a number of new sites to show for these efforts.
The Malecon 2000, on the Rio Guayas, is the most famous - it is a 2km boardwalk area along the river that is safe, beautiful, and full of things to do (gardens, museams, theaters, shops, food, etc.)
The other places I would recommend to visit are:
Parque Historico on Sanborondon
Cerro Blanco (West of the City - and not a municipal project)