Destination guide: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Guayaquil is one of the most important ports in South America and the main driving force of the economy of Ecuador. Its location on the equator means it enjoys an excellent climate and is ideal for visiting at any time of year.
Guayaquil is also the starting point for exploring beautiful beaches, visiting important historical monuments and enjoying the best food in Ecuador.
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Guayaquil is a vibrant sprawling city growing ever more confident. A half-dozen or more high rises give it a big-city profile but the malecón along the Río Guayas, the city’s riverfront town square–cum-eatery-cum-playground, which defines the city’s identity.
The picturesque barrio of Las Peñas, which perches over the river, anchors the city both geographically and historically, while the principal downtown thoroughfare Avenida 9 de Octubre funnels office workers, residents and shoppers into one hybrid stream.
Amid revitalized squares, parks and massive urban renewal projects, the city has a growing theater, film and arts scene and lively bars, fuelled in part by several large universities.
Note that all flights to the Galápagos Islands either stop at or originate in Guayaquil, so the city is the next best place to set up a trip.
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