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Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador, comprises a mix of the people and traditions that make this country. It is a city port, with a large and entertaining "Malecon," a beautifully made walkway by the water that gets incredibly busy, especially during weekends, with families, young people, and kids playing around. Streets vendors are all over, selling anything from chewing gum to balloons or flowers. During the warmer season, the city gets extremely hot and walking around outdoors can be tiring for the faint-hearted.
One of the most typical things to do while in Guayaquil is a boat ride through the river Guayas, a water channel that extends massively. Apart from this, there are plenty of entertaining things to do while in the city -- including decent cultural offerings, shopping options, nightlife, and happening streets full of outdoorsy and outgoing people.
It is almost impossible not to come across ceviche while in Guayaquil; this typical dish, common all across the coastal region of Ecuador and some other Latin American countries, is made of raw fish marinated in citrus juices, served with popcorn and plantain chips. Enjoy the intense flavors!
Hostels in Guayaquil, especially in the city centre, are plentiful; it shouldn't be a problem at all finding accommodation according to your budget. Do keep an eye when going out at night, as the city can get dangerous in less busy areas. Robbery and some cases of violent assault have been reported against tourists or locals, but you will be fine as long as you use some general common sense. Don't let it stop you from enjoying this happening city!
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"Not so great - This place was spacious but failed to provide comfort. There was only one computer for use and it was so slow. Also the receptionist were only as friendly as they had to be ... meaning they greeted you and gave you your room. They didn't chat with me or give me information. They seem busy but they also seem uninterested. The place was a bit dirty. The shared bathrooms were a mess and the dorms were not kept clean. The breakfast...
"… located at the limit of the National Reserve Manglares Churute only 1 hr 10 minutes from Guayaquil. Monoloco is an eco lodge for nature lover. The Manglares Churute offers a great biodiversity. You will find , spotting monkeys, hundreds of species of birds, mammals, butterflies, and much more. •Pool •Hammock There are a number of possible excursions and tours with an english speaking guide, some more physically challenging...
"Great atmosphere and clean rooms will make you feel right at home. Conveniently located near big hotel branches such as Hilton, Sheraton, and near the biggest shopping mall, and friendly staff your stay with us will be unforgettable. Internet and breakfast is available on customer request but not included. Please confirm your arrival time at least 24 hours before scheduled so we can send our driver to pick you up from airport.* This is...
Atlantic Suites Hotel
"We are a nice hotel on the middle of the city, with nice personal beds, mini fridges on each room, cable tv, breakfast and we guide you if you want to take a tour. For us is important to make your stance as comfortable as your own home. It will be great to meet you!!!" … "… conditioning in rooms and public areas. Atlantic Suites Hostal has rooms designed for you and your family. We offer 4 types of private rooms: -...
Funky Monkey Hostel & Camping
"Good for one night - Had a private room with private bath, was ok, clean but loud. Location near to airport, bus station and shopping mall with movie theaters next door is perfect for one night, but not more. No cozy common area you can use outside of your room." … "… house as a place of nature in the middle city of Guayaquil. Trees with fruits and flowers. Built for foreigners seeking safe, comfortable and cheap...
Murali Hostal Airport Guayaquil
"The staff is friendly - Had an excellent conversation with Francisco. He is helpful and friendly, very hard worker as well." … "Great value, very clean spacious room and ensuite, good service. - The hotel really is close to both the airport and bus station, the rooms are very clean and comfortable with stacks of space for your baggage, (you could even unpack everything into the wardrobe). It is secure, the service is great, the menu...
RE Bed & Breakfast
"… colorful chairs also are recycled from friends, the result is a colorful and eclectic style in the living and dining room. We love colors, patterns, geometric style, you will found a lot of this in the place. Please note! Policy Cancellation: 2 day Payment accepted on arrival : only cash Check-in time: 15:00 h Check-out time: 12:00 h Breakfast included. You can have breakfast in the week 8am to 10 am and in the...
la posada del Sueco
"… of services as local fish, super market and fruit market, pharmacy , hospital, taxis, ice cream stores and by the beach its many small restaurants with Ecuadorian typical food mostly coming fresh from the ocean. As most recreative and sport activities here, you can find very good surfing spots or you can rent a horse and ride on the beach enjoying a lovely romantic sunset on the enormous endless beach for an hour or longer for...
Casa de Romero
"Excellent, safe place to stay, charming hosts, great breakfasts. - We found this place a great, safe way to start our holiday in South America. It is out in the suburbs, but we had fun and met great people when we were going in and out of town, on local transport, which is also very good. It was a relaxing, safe environment to go back to each night .The hosts were charming, and could not have been more helpful. Would definitely recommend to...
Tangara Guest House
"… berth. Guests have free access to the kitchen and a pleasant garden, which offers the chance of watching and hearing many local bird species. Unfortunately, being close to the airport, we should also expect, eventually, the noise of planes over the neighborhood. Our in-house café-restaurant Labodega is also available for lunch, dinner and drinks. Free travel advice by the in-house travel agency that offers mainly communitary and...
Manso Boutique Guesthouse
"… fast food. The menuy offers quinua, lentl, rice hamburguers, veggie & chicken wraps, squid & shrimp hamburguers too. Also, a good selection of fresh fruit smoothies. Breakfast is included in the prices of the rooms. Lunches with organic ingredients are served for US$3.50. He hostel is beautifully decorated and has this particular Asian-Ecuadorian relaxing vibe. Everywhere in the hostel are plants, pillows, couches, beautiful lamps,...
"Lovely place - an oasis . Owners are friendly & helpful. Place is clean & tidy. Breakfast is great. Cute pets make it even more homlier." … "Well, this definitely is a quiet place. You can't drink there, you can't talk loud after 10 p.m. or make noise while you are watching TV in the night, some beds are in really bad shape, you can't use the kitchen also and the public phone was out of service. Otherwise it has a really good...
Hostal Suites Madrid
"Great little place in downtown Guayaquil - The rooms are a bit cell-like (just 1 tiny window), but the place is clean, water is hot, and the A/C is cold. The owner is so helpful and friendly. And, it is a great location -- walking distance to Malecon 2000 and Las Penas." … "… every guest will be able to take refuge in the comfort of the best international hotels. Hostal Suites Madrid has the best rooms for your pleasant rest....
Tabuba Guest House
"Tabuba Guest House is presented as a proposal that perfectly combines relaxation and warmth of home with the corporate world. 10 Executive rooms designed with enough to rest on your trips outside home, like at home. In addition, with each room, guests enjoy details that make their stay more enjoyable, Orthopedic mattresses, 100% cotton sheets, bedspreads allergenic, comfortable pillows, reading light over each bed, temperature controller...
"Clean, uber-safe - It makes you wonder about the neighborhood but the building has a 10 foot wall around it with an electric fence on top of it a locking electric gate and bars on the windows. It's like staying in a fortress. Inside is extremely clean, good hot water and air conditioning. Alex is more than helpful with anything you need and speaks decent English." … "We also offer a pick up service to the airport. Enjoy a safe and...
"It is located in one of the residential areas in the north of Santiago de Guayaquil, at just two minutes from the International Airport Jose Joaquin de Olmedo, or just three minutes from the main bus terminal of Guayaquil. Guayaquil hostel has available for you a variety of comfortable rooms at very convenient prices, in an elegant and comfortable environment. It has WI-FI service, a computer with broadband, without any additional cost; it...
"Environmental rooms with beds for 2 people, 32 inch plasma TV, cable, high speed Internet (Wi-Fi), air conditioning, luxury finishes, garage, guardianship, safe, free local calls and daily housekeeping (change of bed linen, towels ). Suites Guayaquil has threetypes of rooms; the first, a single room, consists of a double bed, two nightstands, a split air conditioner, a 32 inch Plasma LCD TV, private luxury bathroom and closet storage bags...
Casa de Romero
"ALL OUR ROOMS HAVE AIR CONDITIONING AND BALCONY, WE ALSO HAVE NICE AND CLEAN BATHROOMS. A TV LOUNGE WITH CABLE AND HUNDRED OF DVD MOVIES. OUR RATE INCLUDES A DELICIOUS BREAKFAST. WE ALSO OFFER A PICK UP SERVICE TO THE AIRPORT OR TO THE BUS STATION." … "IN CASA DE ROMERO YOU WILL EXPERIENCE A FAMILY ATMOSPHERE, CONFORTABLE BEDROOMS AND A LOT OF OTHER FACILITIES IN ORDER TO MAKE YOUR STAY IN GUAYAQUIL MORE PLEASANT." … Vélez 501 y...
"… Morro dolphin watching, knowing the Church Wood and wood stove (both with over a hundred years old) We are way Posorja, fishing harbor where you can learn from a boat Puna Island. From here you can visit Engabao and enjoy its extensive beaches and great waves to practice good surf. Please note: Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of...
"Hostal Iguanazú is located in Guayaquil, 8 km from the city centre. It offers a charming garden with an outdoor pool and air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. The Iguanazú has a terrace and barbecue facilities so you can cook and enjoy a meal in the sun. There is a computer with internet connection, which guests can use for free. The guest house is 400 metres from the 28 de Mayo Metro Station. José Joaquín Olmedo Airport is 8 km...
Guayaquil Travel Tips & Suggestions
Love the city. Full of life, friendly people and very cheap. The U.S. dollar goes a long way there. Been there with my wife to visit her family five times and was also married there. Make sure you visit the Malecon 2000, which is a large waterfront park located on the Guayas river in the downtown area. Lots of tropical plants and flowers and original jungle trees wihch date back to before the city was founded (our wedding portraits were taken in this park). Also visit the small chapel and lighthouse at the top of the Santa Anna hill in the Old Guayaquil section for spectacular views of the city. Lots of shopping and dining. Visit the Mall Del Sol which is a large American-style shopping center located in a very nice area across the street from the Sheraton Hotel and five to ten minutes from the airport and downtown. Don't carry lots of cash because you won't need it.You can find bargains anywhere except the for the malls. Artesanal is a good place to bargain shop for souvenirs, clothes and many other items. Cyber cafes are located everywhere if you want to contact friends online and it only costs cents not dollars. Try Comida De Vicor for a typical Ecuadorian home-cooked meal in the La Garzota neighborhood, which is my favorite place. Don't go downtown alone at night. Always travel with a group and you'll be fine. Police presence has increased throughout the years so you'll feel safe. Transportation is also very cheap -- taxis can take you as far as across the other end of the city. Public transit is also very economical but if you're a man the bus will roll up and not stop so you have to jump on as it moves five miles per hour. La Puntilla is the rich part of Guayaquil with beautiful homes surrounded by walls and armed security guards. Some helpfull tips. Do not carry your passport with you if are staying in the area, only if you leave town. Carry copies only and have them certified with the U.S. Consulate or Ecuadorian government. I would recommend scanning your passports and other documents and saving them on you computer so you can email them to yourself if you have a free email account, this way even if you lose your copies you can go to any cyber cafe, log in and print them from your mailbox. This should make it easier to obtain new documents in case they are lost. No vaccination requirements unless you go to the Amazon. Hot, humid, tropical monsoon with heavy downpours happen almost daily especially in Guayaquil between January and April (about ten inches of rain each month). Rest of the year is mild and not too humid with very little rain if any. I'm strongly considering retirement options there since homes are also very affordable.
— Paolo Magri
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