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Guayaquil

Country
Ecuador
State
Ecuador (General)
City
Guayaquil
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By plane

The new José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport, elected as best South American Airport, is located near the new business district center and is next to the International bus station. In this airport, you cand find daily flights to New York, Miami, Houston, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Madrid, Amsterdam, Lima, Bogotá, Panama City, San Jose, San Salvador, etc; and a new 4 times a week to Cali and twice a week to Medellín Colombia. Taxis to a hotel in the northern suburbs shouldn't cost more than $3 and a ride to downtown, where most attractions are located, is about $5. Actually there are plans to build a new international airport for about 20 minutes from Guayaquil, near Daular.

By car

If you are driving, your horn is your best friend. Be careful, as the city is full of aggressive drivers, but if you are always on the defensive you won't get anywhere. Gas stations are full service.

You can also rent a car cheaply just outside the airport, paying around $35 a day, Carmax is one of the less expensive yet reliable companies available.

By bus

Cruz del Sur operate international bus services to and from Peru.

Within the city the local bus system is confusing but the locals will help you get where you want to go. It is also the cheapest way to get around the city as there is no metro system. For women it is safest if you sit at the front near the driver but don't be alarmed the bus is a safe way to travel around Guayaquil.

By boat

Guayaquil´s port is the biggest in Ecuador. You can travel to Galápagos Islands and other destinations from here.
 

Key places to visit
The Malecon Simón Bolivar, Santa Ana & El Carmen hill, Salinas, Presley Northon Museum, Parque Historico


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Places to Visit

The Malecon Simón Bolivar

        Malecón 2000 is the name given to boardwalk overlooking the Guayas River in the Ecuadorian port city of Guayaquil. An urban renewal project focusing on the old Simón Bolívar boardwalk, it stands along the west shore of the river for an approximate length of 2.5 km. (1.5 mi.) Several of the greatest historical monuments in the history of Guayaquil can be seen along its length, as well as museums, gardens, fountains, shopping malls, restaurants, bars, food courts, the first IMAX theater in South America, as well as boarding docks where several embarkations offer both daytime and nighttime tours up and down the Guayas River. It is one of the largest works realized in Guayaquil and it is considered a model of urban regeneration by global standards, having been declared a healthy public space’ by the Pan-American Organization of Health (POH) and the World Health Organization (WHO).


Santa Ana & El Carmen hill

Santa Ana & El Carmen hills, you can see almost the whole city from here. You can walk up the 400 odd steps to the top from the Malecon Simón Bolivar. There is a lighthouse, museum, small chapel and park at the top. Along the stairs, vendors sell water, ice cream and other snacks.

Salinas

 Salinas has been the main beach, but since 2008 General Villamil Playas has attracted a big part of the local and international tourism. Fishing, surfing, and other water sports. Many modern hotels and delicious sea food. Interesting night life. Wonderful whalewatching during June to September. Named after the salt lakes in the south of Ibiza, the beach at Las Salinas is the southern most tip of the island and the most popular with celebrities...especially footballers.The very long, wide crescent of pale sandy beach is bordered by pine woods. The water is crystal clear with super breakers that appear on windy days, perfect for body-surfing. Good for adventure walks as the surrounding terrain is Ibiza's Wildlife Conservation Area.


Presley Northon Museum

   This is my second-favorite museum in Guayaquil (not far behind the MAAC). Like at the MAAC, all the exhibits here have explanations both in English and Spanish. Formerly called the Museo Archeologico del Banco del Pacífico, and now sporting new digs, this museum houses a small but excellent collection of archeological relics. The most interesting artifacts come from the Chorrera Period (1000-300 B.C.). Keep an eye out for the double-chambered whistling bottle and the descriptive figurines from this period. Give yourself about 45 minutes to an hour here

Parque Histórico

Parque Histórico, an interesting recreation of the early 20th century years of Guayaquil, the look, the people and the food. Includes a small zoo.

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