Guayaquil Day tours and Guayaquil Sightseeing

What to do in Guayaquil

MALECON SIMON BOLIVAR

Malecón is a historical pillar of our town, since the city grew from it and it played a pivotal role in the city’s development.
Being this, such an important part of Guayaquilean life, the Malecón 2000 project was created and it is our more


Geographic Location



Guayaquil is 32,440 hectares, but only 18,000 of them are occupied by the city and other buildings. Guayaquil is located on the right flank of the Guayas River and it borders to the west with the Salado and Mounts Azul and Blanco. To the south, it borders with the Punitlla de Guayaquil, which goes all the way to Puná It runs through a big area of the Ecuadorian coast along with other rivers.
The two most important ones, Daule and Babahoyo unite the north of the city forming a great caudal that unloads at the Guayaquil Gulf, the most important river and geographical accident of the Pacific side of the Americas, with an annual average of 30,000 million cubic meters of water.
Other rivers, such as Congo, Tigre, Pita, Chimbo and Pangor are born in the Andes. Island.

Mountains



Through the city stands the mountain system, Chongón-Colonche, de Manglaralto, Chanduy, Estancia and Sayá. The Santa Ana and del Carmen Mounts (next to the river) and Blue and White Mounts, are Guayaquil’s limits.

Its coordinates are:

North: west longitude and south latitude 79° 55' and west longitude 2° 12' south latitude.

South: 79° 58' of west longitude 2° 17.5' south latitude; and 79° 33'  west latitude 2° 15.5'  south latitude.

Transportation

Bus Station:
We have now a brand new bus terminal. Guayaquil is the main destination to every city in Ecuador. There is easy access to most city, and approximate 1$ per hour routes. You can just show up at the bus terminal and you will find a big panel with all the destination.

International Bus:
We only recommend Ormeno buses for international crossings, they travel safe and cross you over the border of Peru. There is one departure each day at 11.30 am. Ormeno will take you to Tumbez, Mancora, Piura, and Lima. The bus between Lima and Guayaquil is about $75. You should book in advance in High season.

Toll costs and public bus transportation:

The price of the toll to head toward the coast is USD$ 0.25

Taxi:
From airport they will always cost your more, since the taxi pay a greater fee to register themselves with the taxi airport standard. But most likely a taxi from center of town to the south or north of the city should cost $4. You can also rent taxi for hours approximately $10 an hour.

Airport:

There is a National Airport and an International Airport, both are in the same building.

National destination: Galapagos, Cuenca, Quito, Loja, Machala, Manta

Operates with: Tame, Aerogal or Icaro

International destination: Usa, Panama, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Netherlands, Spain.

Operated by: Air Europe, American Airlines, Cubana de Aviacion, Delta, Lufthansa, Santa Barbara, Copa, Taca o Lan, Avianca, Iberia, KLM.

Natural Resources

Guayaquil is located on a very fertile ground that allows an abundant and variety of products of agriculture and cattle. Cotton, sugar cane, rice, bananas, cocoa, coffee and tropical fruits such as mango, maracuyá (exporters worldwide), papaya and melons are grown here.

We also export flowers and tropical plants from the river Guayas as well as from
It also has diverse species such as guasango, palo santo, muyuyo, pegapega, chipra, mosquero and cardo, capable of stand long dry spells.
Chicken, sheep and pork agriculture are numerous.
Shrimp and fish industry, generates many employment for a high percentage of the population.

There is natural gas In the Gulf Area , for that reason it is an area considered as an oil prospect.

 

Weather:


Guayaquil’s is of warm climate almost year round. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean makes the Humboldt current (cold) and El Niño current (warm) to mark two climatic periods.

December to April : (also known as winter) rainy and humid, with tropical heat.
20ºC to 27ºC.

May to December: dry and colder
24ºC to 31ºC.

History

New City and Old City
In 1741 Dionisio de Alsedo y Herrera, a former president of the Royal Audience of Quito published in Spain his work: "COMPENDIO HISTÓRICO DE LA PROVINCIA, PARTIDOS, CIUDADES, ARTILLEROS, RÍOS Y PUERTO DE GUAYAQUIL EN LAS COSTAS DE LA MAR DEL SUR".

Among its indisputable merits, is that of drawing the first map of Guayaquil. This map, although poorly traced, allows us to appreciate how the city was constructed after its fragmentation at the end of the 18th century and the formation of what was called the “New City”.
This urban division of Guayaquil in Old and New cities would mark its development for over a century.

Electricity Current in Ecuador: 110 v

Area Code: Country: 593 City of Guayaquil: 4

Taxes: Sales tax is of 12%

Tips: There is sometime a 10% services charge on your bill, that would be the tips, if not you can always do the calculation for 10%

Airport tax = $0

Currency: US Dollar (USD$)

Note: Guayaquil is a very hot city. Even though it can be hot, it is not recommended for women to wear very short shorts(or anything like that). Men will not be allowed with baseball hats or shorts in some restaurants or banks.

Security: In the last 5 years the security in Guayaquil has got better, but remember this is a big city of 3.5 millions people. So it is always best not be wearing jewelry or avoid flashing your camera everywhere and be aware of your surroundings at all times.