Guayaquil Travel Guide

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Guayaquil Highlights

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     Tourist attraction, many places to visit, great seafood and places to visit 

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     Hot and Humid 

  • In a nutshell
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     Guayaquil, the Pearl of the Pacific 

Guayaquil Things to Do

  • At the airport (International...

    When flying home from Ecuador I flew with KLM from Quito. The plane stopped for some time in Guayaquil before continuing to Europe. Luckily we could spend that time in the International preboarding area where there are several cafés, restaurants and souvenir shops. I didn’t see any Internet cafés (which I had seen, and used, in the Domestic...

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  • Malecon 2000

    During my short visit in Guayaquil I made a walk in the north end of Malecon 2000. It is a 2.5km long promenade along the river Guayas. It used to be a run down and unsafe area, but a huge renewal project have instead made it into one of the safest and nicest places to visit in Guayaquil. I saw several security guards during my short walk.People in...

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  • Las Peñas and Cerro Santa Ana

    Las Peñas neighbourhood is situated on Cerro Santa Anna. This is where Guayaquil was founded in the middle of the 16th century. Being the oldest neighbourhood in Guayaquil this is where you can find houses built in a colonial architecture. However, there has been many fires destroying large part of the neighbourhood, especially in the 1896. Las...

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Guayaquil Hotels

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Guayaquil Restaurants

  • Typical local food

    Most of the tourists which are visiting Guayaquil want to eat typical dishes from the country they are visiting. One of the best places to do this is the restaurant "Lo nuestro". The restaurant offers a huge menu of typical, local food. The restaurant is ubicated at the Urdesa-District at the north of Guayaquil. Nearly every cab driver know it. If...

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  • Dinner at the Grand Hotel

    There are two places to eat in the hotel, the smart 1822 Restaurant and the more casual La Pepa de Oro coffee shop. We had decided to eat in the former but when we went to check it out it was deserted so we opted for the friendly buzz in the coffee shop. We had expected that this might have a limited dinner-time menu but in fact there was plenty to...

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  • Massive Steaks!

    There are seven locations in Ecuador, four in Guayaquil. The best one I think is the oldest location, in Urdesa Central on Victor Emilio Estrada. It has a vast dining hall, yet still has lots of nooks and crannies where you can feel semi-private. The front is only marked off by grills, so if it is a really hot day, ask to be seated upstairs where...

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Guayaquil Nightlife

  • Las Penas at Night

    At night, the Las Penas district, a hill at the north end of the malecon, becomes a hip restaurant and bar district that is fun and safe.Most of the cafes have live music, and you can just walk up and down the 444 steps of the hill, hopping from bar to bar.These places are cheap, too! 80 cents for a beer is not uncommon!! Whatever you want to wear...

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  • Night Life! Guayaquil...

    Night Life! Guayaquil reputation! The best Night life in the country.For every tastes, all ages. From 18 to 70 no problem YOU CAN DANCE! Most places recomended long pants, but somethimes they make exception on Tourist, they know that we are not used to the weather and will allow short or bermuda.

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  • Nightlife in Guayaquil is...

    Nightlife in Guayaquil is special, not the same of Quito or Baños or even Atacames but you can enjoy different kinds of places where you can dance or simply have fun.My recommendation is Arthur’s Café at The Peñas Neighborhood. It’s a great place where you can enjoy the night sight with nice music, good food of course having a cool drink.There are...

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Guayaquil Transportation

  • By car to Guayaquil

    As I said in my introduction, we came to Guayaquil by car after a last minute change of plans. And a good change it was! How much better to be driven through the countryside than fly over it! And what wonderful countryside ...A striking feature of the road from Cuenca to Guayaquil is the dramatic change in height along a relatively short stretch of...

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  • A modern airport

    We left Guayaquil by air to Baltra in the Galápagos Islands. The airport is only four miles from the city centre and as it was a Sunday traffic was light and we were there very quickly. The airport terminal is very new (the newest in the country, at least until Quito’s new airport is finally finished, in theory later in 2013). It was opened in 2006...

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  • Flying from Guayaquil to Cuenca

    The only reason I flew from Guayaquil to Cuenca is because I arrived to Guayaquil by plane from Galapagos Islands, and I thought it could be convenient with a transfer at the airport instead of going to the bus terminal and take a bus. Later, when I got the flight times I realised I had to wait several hours in in Guayaquil. In one way this was...

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Guayaquil Shopping

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    by Brittny Written Apr 7, 2007

    Bahia is a huge indoor and outdoor market located across the street on the south end of Malecon. You can find everything there from jewellery to local cuisine, pirated movies to stilettos. This is not the safest place in Guayaquil but it is an interesting venture and you will find friendly merchants and pickpockets alike. This is not the place to find Ecuadorian artisan creations but you can find almost anything else your heart desires within the maze of stands and shops. Don’t bring anything of value into the market, cameras or large sums of money, keep your eyes open and enjoy.

    What to pay: Pay in Cash and don't be afraid to barter politely.

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Guayaquil Local Customs

  • Local customs for end of the year

    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...

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  • Local infrastructure

    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

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  • Simon Bolivar

    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...

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Guayaquil Warnings and Dangers

  • How to move in Guayaquil !

    In the last few years the problem of crimes in Guayaquil had become better. But without any doubt you should be careful when you move here as in any other big city. When arriving to the Guayaquil airport I recommend you to take a cab inside the airport. This cabs charge a little bit more than regular cabs outside of the airport, but they are...

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  • Dangerous??

    Guayaquil as any other 2 million people city is the same dangerous as.Don't be afraid to be the next. You better ask about all the dangerous areas where you have not to be. I recomend you to ask your travel operator of the police in streets.As a tip, you have to be far away from the south of the city, I mean around the port for example. It's not...

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  • Taxi Kidnappings and Crime in Coastal...

    Warden MessageTaxi Kidnappings and Crime in Coastal EcuadorJune 11, 2010The U.S. Embassy in Quito and U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil wish to remind U.S. citizens traveling to and living in coastal Ecuador of ongoing safety and security concerns related to taxi kidnappings in the cities of Guayaquil and Manta.The U.S. Government continues to...

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Guayaquil Tourist Traps

  • by EamonnLynskey Written Apr 6, 2007

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    You're walking along minding your own business in Istanbul. Next thing a chap hurries past you and drops a brush. He's carrying shoeshine gear so you figure on doing the poor guy a good turn. PLEASE DO NO SUCH THING!!! KEEP GOING AND KEEP ON MINDING YOUR OWN BUSINESS!!! Because when you stop and return his brush he'll be soooo grateful he'll insist on giving you a FREE shoeshine. Halfway through it he'll start insisting on money (at a wildly exhorbitant price) and you won't feel too good about refusing him because by then some of his mates will have appeared around you. Remember: KEEP WALKING!!!

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Guayaquil What to Pack

  • Packing List

    If you come to Ecuador you will need light bags, prefarable Back Pack. Ecuador as many places to see so you will have to do some traveling, and the best way to do that would be with a light bag or backpack If your planing to stay to the cost, bring warm clothes, but if want to do Andeas also, you must bring close for temperature as low as 2...

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  • Packing List

    Guayaquil is hot and not the same of the highlands. You must wear tropical clothes and sometimes you even must use sun block (Copertone). Comfortable shoes, sunglasses, hut if you want and of course in a city tour your camera. They are a lot of big surprises around…Don’t use gold things because they are not necessary and also have a map with you...

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Guayaquil Off The Beaten Path

  • Because it looks nice.... Parce que c'a...

    I didn't talk that much with Isabelle, but all I know is that, apart from managing a hotel in the northern suburbs of Guayaquil (clean, but expensive : 10 USD a night), she also cares about environmental issues and development... Her fondation is called : Fondation Laval Dorion. She looked interested in what she was doing.... Maybe you can be...

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  • El Ciudad Blanca, "The White City"

    This is one of the top ten things to visit in GuayaquilIt lies around a hill on the northern side Guayaquil, Ecuador which is topped by a huge statue of Christ. This is the National Cemetery, more picturesquely known as El Ciudad Blanca, "The White City" and it has gardens of elaborate marble sculptures and mausoleums, an imposing 20th century...

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  • Zoo area in the Parque Historic

    Part of the historic park was something like a zoo which was, I think, mostly rescued animals. All the signs were in Spanish so I couldn't be too sure about that, and I did not go with the guide.We got off the bus and Bob went with the guide, but I was moving more slowly. It was hot. There was a lady with me who was using one of those walking...

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Guayaquil Sports & Outdoors

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    by Brittny Written Apr 7, 2007

    If you are in Guayaquil try and watch a soccer game between the local teams Barcelona and Emelec. Check the local news papers for game dates. Things can get heated sometimes so if you can get box seats you'll get to see all of the action without the chaos.

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Guayaquil Favorites

  • Semenario Park

    I did not get out to take pictures of this park, but it looked like an interesting place for children to run around and harass the iguanas. There is also a small pond of multicolored Tilapias, statues (photo 3) and greenery.Translating the sign on the gate (photo 4):"Parque Seminario"Built in 1895 Administered for[can't read who it is administered...

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  • The Other Charms of the Guayaquil...

    The Central Bank of Ecuador established this part in order to preserve the old customs and culture of Ecuador.The Area Traditions area tries to establish a close relationship between the lifestyles, habits and production of the coastal area of the nineteenth and twentieth century, including displays of of medicinal plants and methods of...

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  • Perla del Pacífico

    People who are always there to offer there frienship, and places in which you can feel relaxing When I visited it at first time i don´t know where was my hotel so I ask to come children and they carry me until find my hotel.

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Taxi to and from airport
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Busses? Maybe...
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Ecological excursion???
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"Visiting Guayaquil"
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The Pearl of the Pacific. Not.
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TAXI KIDNAPPINGS AND CRIME IN COASTAL ECUADOR
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Robbed by customs officials in Guayaquil Airport!
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Port Security
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Outdoors
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Buses, Taxis and Cars
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Surrounded by Iguanas
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Malecon 2000
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Guayaquil Cathedral
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Parque Historic Guayaquil
Off The Beaten Path
Official Difficulty
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ROBBED BY THE YELLOW TAXI DRIVER!
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Barrio Las Penas
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El Cerro Sanata Ana/ Santa Ana Hill
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El Faro/ The citys Lighthouse
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La Rotonda
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Shrimping
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Rice fields
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Seafood
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Large city
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The new airport offers easy access to and from Gye
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Bus Station Logisitcs
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Great Japanese Restaurant
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The best in the city for fresh fruit juices
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Wild Iguanas
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Dont be to flashy.
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Car are the best.
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Articulated bus
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Getting to the Hotel
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New Year's victims
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Film & Arts
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Barrio Las Peñas
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Guayaquil - Cuenca
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Extreme nature
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Another green spot!
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