Saturday, March 7, 2015

Guayaquil - last thoughts

Guayaquil is a huge city and it feels opressive in a way, much like you would feel in Sao paulo. Tourists mostly go there to take a flight to the Galapagos Islands.
It was surprising that there were only 240 restaurants registered in tripadvisor. The downtown area has plenty of whole in the wall restaurants but we're unlikely to eat at one of these unless via tip from a local.
The transport system is still in the 60s with the small buses where you cannot stand upright inside. There is the new Metrovia system but it seems to cover limited locations.
The highlight of the city has to be the Sweet & Coffee chain. They have quite a few inventive and delicious sweets plus the regular coffee drinks you'd expect from Starbucks.
Still, like any giant city Guayaquil has many nice things, you just have to look at the right places.
The area on the riverfront, also known as Malecon is a pleasure to walk for a couple hours. There's a very interesting monument depicting a meeting between Simon Bolivar and General San Martin, both heroes of the independence in south american countries.
At the end of the Malecon you are in the picturesque Las Peñas district. You can either walk the stoneroad known as Llona or climb the 444 steps to the lighthouse. Try it at noon for maximum effect. This is a massive workout but the view from the top is more than worthy.

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