Guayaquil Ecuador is a warm city, with beautiful women and it's also the largest shipping port on the Pacific Coast of South America.
It is on its way of becoming a major tourist destination. The Malecon 2000 is the crown jewel of the city.
It is a lovely pedestrian walkway with stores, shops, small gardens, monuments, a museum and an IMAX theater.
It is a favorite destination for both visitors and locals.
Guayaquil is Ecuador's largest city and is the focus of the nation's economy. Its economic progress is due in large part to its location at the convergence of the Daule and Babahoyo rivers, just 70 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean.
After suffering years of neglect from bureaucrats and corrupt politicians, Guayaquil Ecuador has taken its future into its own hands.
Fueled by a newly discovered interest in attracting tourists and a greater commitment to small enterprise and entrepreneurs, Guayaquil Ecuador is realizing its historically proven potential.
The most obvious indication of the city's rebirth is the urban renewal project Malecon 2000. The plasce is a collection of restaurants, theaters, and parks along Malecon Avenue, which runs parallel to the Guayas River.
Guayaquil's population is near 3 million and is home to one of the country's two international airports.
Though it has always had a strong economy and plenty of nightlife, due to a series of fires it does not have the same cultural heritage as Quito or Cuenca.
It has a lively population and a number of attractions that can make your day in Guayaquil worthwhile.
Between 1535 and 1537, a number of Spaniards attempted to establish settlements in the location of present day Guayaquil.
At last, Francisco de Orellana defeated the local tribes and officially founded the city of Guayaquil in 1537. Ironically, Guayaquil derived its name from the area's last Indian chief and his wife, his name "Guayas" and hers "Quil".
Legend says that the name comes from the Indian Prince and Princess who had lived in the region. When their beloved city fell under siege and they knew the battle was lost, rather than see the city surrender they committed suicide.
During Spanish rule, life was not easy in Guayaquil Ecuador. The lack of fresh drinking water caused serious problems as did frequent pirate raids.
There were plagues, floods, and more fires burning down most of the original city. The strong people of Guayaquil struggled and eventually built a prosperous city.
Business boomed along the coast with ship building and agriculture. From early times the economics and politics of Ecuador split between the two major cities Quito, conservative Hacienda owners, and Guayaquil, liberal business owners.
On October 9, 1820, Guayaquil declared independence from Spain becoming an independent state. Having gained their own freedom Guayaquil then sent their army east to free the rest of Ecuador.
As a coastal city just a few hundred kilometers from the Equator, Guayaquil has a tropical climate. From December through April the city is sunny, hot, and humid with temperatures reaching 37 °C (98 °F).
The rest of the year, due to the Humboldt current, it is cloudier and cooler but temperatures rarely dip below 29 °C (80 °F).
Guayaquil offers you a surprising number of sights and activities. It boasts museums, historic neighborhoods, sprawling parks, and of course, the newly renovated waterfront strip, Malecon 2000.
Jardin Botanico is a great place to learn about Ecuador's incredible array of flora. The gardens contain over 3000 plant species, including over 150 species of Ecuadorian and foreign orchids.
Palacio Municipal sits in front of the Malecon 2000, and holds the political offices of city and provincial officials.
A building of the neoclassical style, it is considered one of the most important architectural works in the country.
Las Peñas Neighborhood located in the northeast corner of the city's center, is home to many recognized artists.
Many of the area's 400 year old houses have been converted into art galleries. A walk through this historic district will give you a glimpse into Guayaquil's past.
Mercado Artesanal is the largest artisan market in the city. The market is housed in a 240 shop building that takes up the entire block of Baquerizo Avenue.
You will find a number of indigenous crafts, jewelry, paintings, and more.
Parque Centenario located on the street 9 de Octubre, between Lorenzo de Garaycoa and Quito, this is the largest park downtown, occupying four city blocks.
A large statue of Liberty dominates the central area of the park.
Parque Seminario is home to dozens of Iguanas, some of which approach 5 feet in length. There seems to be hundreds of these mysterious lizards, yet docile, reptiles lurking all over.
A pond filled with colorful Japanese Talapia fish and the equestrian statue of Simon Bolivar located in the center of the park, are two more reasons to visit the park.
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Guayaquil's nightlife is very exciting along with its large selection of Bars, Discos and Peñas displayed throughout the whole city.
One of the main centers for nightlife is "Kennedy Mall" which offers a variety of bars and discos (prices: midrange to expensive).
Urdesa and Alborada neighborhoods north of the city's center these two neighborhoods are known for being polished and preppy, specifically the street Victor Emilio Estrada in Urdesa and "Calle Principal" in Alborada.
Both boast numerous restaurants, discotheques, shops, cafes, and bars.
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