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TRAVELING TO GUAYAQUIL
If you are traveling to Guayaquil, you may like to read what comes below...
You already decided that coming to SouthAmerica will be the best choice for you and your family, or maybe just for yourself. You looked up in the map and found a small piece of land called Ecuador!!!
On internet, you found out that Guayaquil, by the way Ecuador-s biggest city is one of the best places to visit, but sometimes internet is not enough to feel sure about investing your money in a specific place.
This is where i go in. I am Adriana, a native from this big city and i will give you all the tips, all the advices, everything you need to get your best experience in Guayaquil!!!!
GUAYAQUIL GALLERY - SOME GUAYAQUIL PHOTOS... I AM SO SURE YOU WILL TAKE SOME MORE WHEN YOU ARE HEREClick thumbnail to view full-size
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You want to walk a little, during your first day in the city? Want to know a little bit more about the history of the city? If your answers were yes to both of
Guayaquil has a little bit of everything, and parks and museums are not the exception.
Lots of foreigners choose Guayaquil because of its awesome weather! It is definitely fantastic for people who want to get a tan in less than a day. Comfortable sneakers, shorts and a tank is the best oufit that can be chosen when walking around Guayaquil.
So well, If you plan to walk during your fisrt day and take a look of what there is around; better get prepared with sun lotion, a camera and some water; you will be amazed at what this city embraces.
Parque seminario o Parque de las Iguanas
Located downtown, just in front of our cathedral. It has a lot of history. It took years for it to be prepared for visitors. It is easily recognized for the amazing Simon Bolivar statue just in the middle of the park. In the past, it was also known as Plaza Bolivar, but with the time it changed.
Nowadays, people from all over the world and locals, know it as Parque de las iguanas due to these green little hosts the park has. Foreigners take pictures of them and also fall in love with its structure so 19 th century.
pdata: You can also find turtles, colored fish and trees with hundreds of years :)
THE HISTORY OF GUAYAQUIL CITY, COMPRESSED IN ONE MUSEUM!!!!!
Prehispanic pieces, old paintings of the city, documents of the 17,18, 19 and 20 th century, and things that seem to come out from a dream; that is the MUSEO MUNICIPAL.
Located downtown, it does not only show history. It also integrates people into arts and culture. Foreigners can enjoy events and artist presentations that will give you nothing but a great time.
This museum has more than 100 years, it is the best option for foreigners who want to take home amazing pictures of the things that once were alive hundreds of years ago.
Here i will leave some of the best pictures about this place!!!
MUSEO MUNICIPAL GALLERY - What a fantastic place to visit in Guayaquil!!!!Click thumbnail to view full-size
TAKE A LOOK AT GUAYAQUIL IN THIS VIDEO - Before, the following information, i would like you to take a look at this video
IF YOU READ ABOUT THE PLACES ABOVE, THESE MAPS CAN BE VERY USEFUL!!! - Here u have a map, you can use to get there right away! PARQUE SEMINARIO MAP
To get to Parque de las Iguanas, you can either take a safe taxi (we will talk about this later) or a bus, or if you have a car; you must get to the Boyaca and Clemente Ballen street. If you are kind of lost, you need to concentrate in how to get to the cathedral of the city that is a few meters away from the Museo Municipal. The park is in front of it.
MUSEO MUNICIPAL DE GUAYAQUIL - How to get to the museum?
ADDRESS: Sucre between chile and Pedro Carbo street
VILLAMIL PLAYAS BEACH - ONE OF THE BEST BEACHES ECUADOR HAS FOR YOU - Guayaquil Beach- just at 1 hour away from the city!!!!
Most of the time, Foreigners think that Salinas (a beautiful beach by the way) is the only beach Ecuador has to offer. But simply they have not been told about VILLAMIL PLAYAS also know as PLAYAS because of a lack of publicity.
Villamil Playas is one of the longest beaches we have here in our country. A lot of ACTIVITIES can be done here: from surf to watching amazing and beautiful dolphins!!!!
At just one hour away from Guayaquil, the best months to visit it is from february to april and from july to september. All the commercial movements are at their highest in these periods of time. Hotels, restaurants with the best food, malls and nightlife are waiting for you and your family in this awesome place you cannot definitely miss.
PLAYAS GALLERY - what an unforgettable place <3 !!!!Click thumbnail to view full-size
WHEN YOU VISIT PLAYAS, REMEMBER...
These are one of the most popular activities when going to Playas:
Grab your surf equipment and head to Puerto Engabao, a little location in Playas. Most foreigners know about this place very well because of the great waves this beach has. Engabao is a town of fishers and its power is tourism.
A lot of popular surf tournaments are developed here and people can easily find a place to eat and stay the night here in Puerto Engabao.
Puerto El morro, another location near to Playas; 45 minutes away from it. It gives u the chance to admire these wonderful animals. With a price of only 30 dollars, you can hire a boat that will take you off the shore and watch lots of dolphins. Besides dolphins you will also see the biodiversity this part of Ecuador shows to everyone.
Don't forget sun lotion, mosquito repellent and water.
Delicious food welcomes visitors from all over the world. People in Playas know how to enchant with every single dish they prepare.
Fresh from the sea shrimps, crabs, oysters, fish, lobsters are in the menus of Playas everyday awaiting to be tasted. There is not a specific place to eat in this amazing beach, because food here is prepared by specialists.
SOME SECURITY ADVICES WHEN VISITING GUAYAQUIL
Because, danger is everywhere...
Danger is everywhere. Tourism would be fantastic if it did not exist, but unfortunately it does. Take into consideration the following advices before coming. If you keep them with you, surely you will increase your security into an 95%.
ADVICE # 1
BE CAREFUL WITH TAXIS
Crime is always looking for the way to get to people and taxies have given robbers and kidnappers a useful tool to achieve their filthy goals. DON-T TAKE ANY TAXI YOU FIND AT THE DOORS OF THE AIRPORT. ASK THE AIRPORT TO GIVE YOU THE NUMBER OF A SAFE TAXI COMPANY. THEY WILL SURELY HELP YOU. IF YOU HAVE A FRIEND, WAIT FOR HIM INSIDE OF THE AIRPORT. CRIMINALS HERE, SMELL WHO IS A FOREIGNER. SOMETIMES A BUS IS SAFETIER THAN A TAXI. So when you get familiarized, take metro via or buses.
ADVICE # 2
BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR CREDIT CARDS
DON-T TRUST ANY PERSON TO TAKE YOUR CREDIT CARD. PAY THE THINGS YOU BUY PREFERABLY ON CASH.
ADVICE # 3
DON-T STAY OUT SO LATE AT NIGHT
Criminals act in the dark, so if you go out in the early morning, ask a friend to take you home or call your secure taxi.
ADVICE # 4
IF YOU ARE ROBBED, DON'T PUT RESISTANCE
Always keep with you some dollars for that criminal, he will take your wallet and go, if you put resistance you can get killed. Your life costs much more than money.
MALECON 2000 - Malls, restaurants, arts, history, trees, culture, a river that represents Guayaquil...
"Ready to walk 2.5 kilometers, with my camera", this is what Nadia Stern told me the first time she visited Malecon 2000.
Divided into three sections, Malecon 2000 knows how to welcome foreigners. Once you are here, you will not want to go other place in Guayaquil.
The perfect place for a date, according to Guayaquil statistics, it is without a doubt a complete place. Restaurants, cafes, shopping places, a big garden, ducks, endemic animals, benches with a view to the big river Guayas, parks, a long way to walk, and even a Lighthouse placed in our Santa Ana hill. This is maybe a short summary of what you will see in this emblematic point of the city.
SECTION # 1
Restaurants, a park with a gymnastics section, trees and a unique biodiversity filled with birds, the lighthouse, this is what you will find in section 1. Maybe you will need a day to explore it all.
Oh, i forget to mention IMAX cinema, the first of Southamerica. It is a high definition cinema that will make you feel a part of the movie.
SECTION # 2
Sculptures, La rotonda, artist painting a feeling of their own, and a space to watch the river, await for any visitor. This is called also the center part of the malecon.
SECTION # 3
A mall where you can go shopping, historical monuments of the city, and a Crystal palace where paintings of famous artists such as Rembrandt and Picasso have been presented. This is section number three of Malecon 2000.
Malecon 2000, is waiting for you.
MALECON 2000 a lovely place to visit in Guayaquil...
DELICIOUS GUAYAQUIL FOOD
Flavors you will never forget, once you taste them
Latin american food is varied, so wide, so spicy and well, so latin... Guayaquil has such a wide variety of dishes that charm people from all over the world. Here you have a list!
A so tipycal dish in this city. Made of fish, onions, tomatoes and a little chilly. Accompanied with rice or fried slices of green banana will wake you up in the morning. This is the most required breakfast in Guayaquil. You definitely have to consider it into your menu when you visit us.
CEVICHE DE CAMARON
Boiled shrimps sumerged into lemon juice, decorated with onions and tomatoes is widely known abroad. You can eat this with rice or popcorn. You can have it at any time of the day.
ARROZ AMARILLO CON SECO DE POLLO
yellow rice and chicken boiled into a juice of different ingredients such as tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic and cilantro. Very popular at lunch time
There are more gastronomy surprises when you come :)
PARQUE HISTORICO DE GUAYAQUIL - There is also a place for animals, old architecture and flora here in the city...
Wildlife mixed with colonial architecture; this is what you will find in this special place called Parque Historico.
Located, at just 15 minutes from the center of the city; you will be able to see endemic animal and plants species of Guayaquil. Monkeys, sloths, turtles, parrots, iguanas, flamencos, cocodriles saying hi to visitors! Well, not speaking, but they do it their way!
Parque historico have rescued colonial buildings that in the past could be found downtown. These buildings were rescued from daily damage, but now they are just in the place they belong to, and where specialized people can take care of them.
Visitors can enjoy wildlife and architecture, but also they can admire Guayaquil Folklore. Very often, Actors from the city roleplay tipycal characters that represent the people of the city and our country Ecuador!!!
So, Guayaquil is waiting for you!!!! You will not need to spend so much money. Hotels, food, transportation is very very cheap. Ecuador has been voted many times as the best place to live in many important international magazines!!!! so, there you have another reference of this little piece of land in Southamerica.
Guayaquil loves its visitors, so we have so much to give you!!!
If you need more information about this city, you can ask for it, and it will be posted right away!!!