Guayaquil Local Customs

  • Another pole and another balcony
    Another pole and another balcony
    by grandmaR
  • Local Customs
    by malianrob
  • Local Customs
    by malianrob

Most Recent Local Customs in Guayaquil

  • MarcusM19's Profile Photo

    Local customs for end of the year

    by MarcusM19 Written Apr 8, 2014

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Every year from August to December you should visit the street 6 de Marzo. A lot of local artist show the "monigotes" that they are elaborating for the celebration of the end of the year. "Monigotes" are figures out of paper, wood and glue. Normally the artist are using peoples from real life like politicians or comic characters to do this art. You will find "monigotes" of 2 feet and although monigotes up to 10 feet. The artists are selling this artwork to the people. Here in Guayaquil it is a family tradition to burn the monigotes at midnight of 31 of december. The monigotes will be filled with firework and burned down as the people here believe that with this tradition all bad things from the old year are destroyed and that they can start "clean" into the new year. This tradition is originally from Valencia/Spain but you can only observe it in Ecuador and Uruguay.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • grandmaR's Profile Photo

    Simon Bolivar

    by grandmaR Written Feb 23, 2009

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    4 more images

    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.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Road Trip
    • National/State Park

    Was this review helpful?

  • malianrob's Profile Photo

    Seafood

    by malianrob Written Mar 22, 2008

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    4 more images

    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.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Strannik's Profile Photo

    A different taste!

    by Strannik Written Jun 25, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Encebollado

    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

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • namastedc's Profile Photo

    New Years in Ecuador

    by namastedc Written Feb 24, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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!!

    Related to:
    • Festivals
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • dreamkapture's Profile Photo

    Ecuadorian People are full of...

    by dreamkapture Written Aug 26, 2002

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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?

    Was this review helpful?

  • grandmaR's Profile Photo

    Local infrastructure

    by grandmaR Written Feb 23, 2009

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Sign from the bus
    4 more images

    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

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Road Trip
    • Cruise

    Was this review helpful?

  • malianrob's Profile Photo

    Security

    by malianrob Written Mar 22, 2008

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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.

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Guayaquil

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

79 travelers online now

Comments

Guayaquil Local Customs

Reviews and photos of Guayaquil local customs posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Guayaquil sightseeing.

View all Guayaquil hotels