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Guayaquil - Capital of Guayas

Guayaquil is situated in the southwest of Ecuador in the Province of Guayas. With its 2,15 million inhabitants, Guayaquil is almost double the size of the countries capital, Quito.

Guayaquil - Ecuadors most important Harbour

Due to its strategic location, Guayaquil is the most important Harbour of Ecuador. The harbour is destination for a lot of national and international cargo boats. The cargo is mostly export products as for example bananas, cafe, cacao and shrimps. A new airport and a brandnew und enormous Bus terminal have recently opened. The Bus terminal is huge and very modern. Buses run to all destinations across the country. You can even find Buses that go to Peru, Colombia and also to Venezuela.

Sightseeing in Guayaquil

Guayaquil is not that rich of touristic sights like for example Quito or Cuenca but it has some interesting buildings and places that are really worth to visit. The Malecon 2000 is a street stretching along the waterfront of Rio Guayas. It was renovated a few years ago and is a very nice walk over the coast line and at the same time offers a good view over the river. Along the Malecon 2000 there are several shopping malls, restaurants and also an Artesania Market where you can buy traditional ecuatorian clothes and gifts. The museum Antropologico y de Arte Contemporaneo is home for modern art and a collection of precolombian handcrafts. A highlight is definitely El Parque Historico. Its an area of 8 hectar where you can observe animals like a Tapir or an Ocelot in their natural habitat. Right in the center of the city, there is another interesting park called Parque Seminario. It is populated with very friendly Iguanas that get fed daily with fresh vegetables and fruits. The iguanas are used to the people so its easy to take pictures or even touch them.

                                      Parque Seminario - Iguanas

Beaches near Guayaquil

The beaches near Guayaquil are perfect for a day or weekend trip and by bus very easy to reach:

Playas: 2 hours away from the city
Salinas: 2 hours from Guayaquil
Montanita: 3-4 hours

Where to stay in Guayaquil


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