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Welcome to Guayaquil

Welcome to Guayaquil, Ecuador´s largest city and main port. Until now it was mainly a destination for business travelers. But Guayaquil is transforming itself and is on its way of becoming a tourist destination. Besides the Guayaquileños are open, colorful and lively people.

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If you would like to learn more about the city, go to City overview. You will get a general impression of what Guayaquil is like.

Still need a travel agency to organise your trip or a place to stay? Or you do not know where to find a doctor? All the Local Information links offer a variety of possiblities to chose from plus their directions.

The Info center will help you planing your trip in advance.

You like Guayaquil so much that you would like to stay longer? Then the Longtime stay information will help you finding a place to live and either volunteer or paid work.

The Event Calendar supplies you with information about what is goin on, where and when.

You are most welcome to leave a message, add an experience or commentary at the Message board or the Bulletin board or maybe you find some useful information there.

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City Overview

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Guayaquil is Ecuador´s largest city with about 3,000,000 inhabitants. Situated at sea level its port “Puerto Maritimo” is the main sea port of the country where about 80% of the country´s imports and more than 50% of its exports are handled. It is the commercial and industrial center of Ecuador and lies on the west bank of the river Guayas about 60 km from its outflow in the Gulf of Guayaquil.

CLIMATE

The climate in the dry season is warm and pleasant, in the rainy season between January and April a hotel room with air conditioning is recommended.

VISA

Most nationalities will need a visa to enter Ecuador. You can get a tourist visa at the airport or the border. Depending on your nationality, you will get 60 or 90 days. You can get an extension at the migration office at the migration office (Av Rio Daule, next to the bus terminal, Tel. 229-7004). You can also get a work, student, business or residence visa, which is more complicated and expensive. Because chances are that you will be asked to show your passport at a checkpoint, it is not advisable to overstay your visa.

ARRIVAL

The “Simon Bolivar International Airport” is about 10 minutes (by taxi) north of the city centre. If you carry luggage, take a taxi. During daytime you can walk half a block out of the terminal to the “Av de las Americas” – the taxifare is almost half as cheap there. But it is not safe to leave the terminal area at night.

SIGHTS

Even though most people who come to the city are rather business visitors than tourists, Guayaquil offers some attractions that are worth seeing:

The old district “Las Peñas” is the only part of the city where the wooden houses were not destroyed by fire and you can get an impression of the old, picturesque colonial Guayaquil.
Or you walk along the riverside that has been refurbished in the project “Malecón 2000”. There you find a mall and a park with historical monuments (the area is open till 12am).

Guayaquil´s churches as “La Merced” or “San Francisco”, the beautiful cemetery below “Cerro el Carmen”, several museums, the Botanical Gardens and parcs (the Parque Bolivia in front of the Cathedral is filled with tame iguanas) are also definitely worth a visit.

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