Malecon, the boardwalk overlooking the river, it’s beautiful!
Quirky places in Guayaquil?
Probably the public cemetery, which is a little spooky. Also, Bahia; 20 blocks of merchants where you can find pretty much EVERYTHING at the cheapest price possible. You can even bargain the prices, but be careful: cheap, at this place, always means fake and bad quality!
Best viewpoint of Guayaquil?
Cerro Santa Ana, also know as Las Peñas.
Best district to buy cool souvenirs?
Best district to get lost and look like a local?
Urdesa. Nice to walk around, very residential/commercial neighborhood. You can find plenty of restaurants. It is not as touristic as the center.
Cheesiest attraction that you can’t help but love?
Take a bus to the center of the city where you’ll be able to walk along the Malecon and go to Las Peñas. Visit some of the parks and churches around there. Go to the Parque Historico and Malecon del Salado. Get a beer, have some yogurt ice cream or pan de yuca, have a coffee in Urdesa. Go to a club if you have the chance and then eat a shawarma after the party!
Best advice about the public transportation?
It’s really cheap and they take you pretty much everywhere but this also means that it’s messy! So don’t be surprised if the buses stop anywhere, even in the middle of the street with traffic. It has improved, but still has a long way to go… but we are getting there.
Coolest bus route?
Just get lost on the #52, it takes you around the main avenues of the city!
Fun events in Guayaquil?
Fiestas de Guayaquil in October: a lot of free concerts from popular local artists. It’s usually salsa/merengue concerts. With a loooot of people. Food and beers are sold in the middle of the street!
New Year: we have a tradition where we burn dolls made out of wood, old clothes and newspapers. These dolls represent all the bad things that happened during the year and by burning them we keep all bad luck and negative energies away. When we burn them we try to make it as loud as possible using “camaretas”, which are pretty loud firework (it does not have any colorful splash or anything, it is just loud).
Any myths about Guayaquil?
People think Guayaquil is extremely dangerous, and it’s not like that at all. We have some areas that are dangerous as every other city but we also have great, safe places. Also, since Guayaquil is located in Ecuador, people don’t think of it as the modern city that it is. It’s true that we may not have the technology found in first world countries but we are not not developed at all.
What are you most proud of about your city?
All the improvements that it has made since the last decade. How modern it has become.
Fun fact about Guayaquil?
We have great and cheap places to get food when the party ends, so you can easily get something to eat at 5am!
Here for us it’s always summer. So wear light clothes and sunblock.
It’s not allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays, but you have no idea how easy it is to find a place that sells it!
Great day trips from Guayaquil?
The playas! (beach) Go dolphin watching in the manglares, visit a bird island full of frigates, practice wake-boarding or just enjoy the beach!
The one souvenir a traveler should buy?
Other than the panama hat, a t-shirt from the best futbol team in the city: Barcelona!
Best park to read a book?
Actually the best place is the hostel’s hammock under the mango tree, with a full view of the pool!
Where can we find you on a Friday night?
At the hostel, having a beer with friends and guests.
Best local drink?
Beer beer beer… Pilsener, the beer of Ecuadorians, and Club!
Best hangover breakfast place?
Wherever you can get “encebollado”. It is a very popular dish in the city and very famous for its effect on hangovers. Basically, it’s kind of a fish soup with onions, tomatoes, yuca and herbs. Since this is a popular dish, there are plenty of places that offer it.
If you are not into fish for breakfast there is also a place call Café de Tere famous for its “bolones” which is green bananas smashed together into a ball with cheese or fried pork (or both). It also offers a variety of dishes with green bananas.
Cheapest meal near Nucapacha Hostel?
Lunch, or “almuerzos”. $2.5 the whole meal, including soup.