Like almost all cities in this part of the world, Guayaquil has a statue to Simon Bolivar - usually in a square or Plaza named for him.
In the case of Guayaquil, however, the park is named Seminario Park and main attraction is the inguanas. I did not get out of the bus to take pictures of the monument - I just took pictures from the bus as we circled the square.
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.
Your visit to Guayaquil (as to any other spot on earth) will be incomplete if you don't try a sample of local gastronomy. The options are many here but I'd lean on to advice
"encebollado", it's widely recommended to deal with hangovers of the day-after and locals just try it any day at 10 am, as a little snack between breakfast and lunch (and they wonder why we have big tummies ;) ).
If you want to know more about this dish and other local stuff, go to http://www.geocities.com/NapaValley/1155/recetas/fencebol.html
Local custom in Ecuador is to burn an Ano Viejo (Old Year) at midnight.
Anos viejos are effigies of either a person, historical figure, or cartoon. A few years ago political figures and the devil were common, while lately it has been Spiderman, the Hulk, and Sponge Bob Square Pants.
There are many theories on where the custom came from, but the most common is that it dates back to a yellow fever epidemic that was particularly nasty, requiring mass burning of bodies. This makes sense because the anos viejos are almost always burned lying down instead of standing up - but who knows?
Be careful when you buy one, though - it just may be packed with fireworks!!
Ecuadorian People are full of LIFE! They like to party , drink, eat and watch football. If you go to a restaurant normally the 10% services is included but you can give a tip at your discretion, i am sure it will be appreciated. The general rules goes for all the countries in the world: RESPECT of others. To greet someone you might say 'Ola QUE TAL'. Hi how are you?
I'm always fascinated by the tangles of electric lines that I see in South and Central America, and I tend to take pictures of them. So here are a few from Guayaquil
Guayaquil is a city well known for the high crime rate. So the people pay extra taxes to hire security to protect them.
This picture is of the security at the mall.