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About Guayaquil

The history of the territory of the Ecuadorian capital goes back to the pre-Columbian period, when there are 4 different periods: Pre-Ceramic, Formative Stage, Period of Regional Development and Integration Period. Diverse cultures lived in the region in each period; among them the most renowned, the Huancavilca culture won the fame of indomitable, since its the only culture that the Incan empire could never conquer completely.There are various chronicles that talk about the details of the wars between the Huancavilcas and the Incas. This fight, full of revenges, betrayal and conspiracy, was extended until the Spanish arrival, being non resolved with the capture of the inca Atahualpa by the conqueror army. The Inca emperors Túpac Yupanqui, his son Huayna Cápac and his grand-son Atahualpa had the same objective, to conquer the untameable and ferocious Huancavilca.The first settlement of Guayaquil took place in Quito, foun...ded in August the 15th 1534, with the intention of replace it into a more appropriate territory for the activities of the conquest. It was in 1540 that the city was relocated in an ancient Huancavilca territory, close to the hill Santa Ana and at the right side of the Guayas river. This new city developped a new timber and unique architecture in America, due to the talent of the carpenters and the quality of the wood of the surroundings. Its location and port of privilege climate meant to Guayaquil to be transformed in the biggest sea shipyard for Spain.Guayaquil is famous for being the crib of freedom, since it was one of the first cities to obtain its independence and was the scene of the meeting between the liberators Simón Bolívar and José de San Martín. It was also the point of departure to numerous armies that fought in the battles of Junin and Ayacucho, which stopped the Spanish conquest in the american territory.
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Travel tips for Guayaquil

-Ecuador has 4 regions (different from Peru, that has 3): coast, amazonia, sierra and islander region (Galapagos islands). In those regions the rainy season and the dry take place in different periods of time: on the coast the rains go from December to May; in the amazonia the rains start in January and decrease in September; in the sierra the rains go from October to April.-The high season goes from June to September. If you are thinking of travelling in that period, make your booking of tickets, hotel and tours in advance, since if you don't do it you could be out.- The currency of Ecuador is the US$. We recommend you to get to know the city without carrying bills of more than $50, since the Ecuadorian people don't use them very often. The most used are the dollar cents, although the amounts used are different from the USA. A coin of 10 cents can be of less value than one of 0,50. It's better if you take your time to understand how the cents work. You should have an extra pocket to keep all the coins.-It's an indispensable requirement to show a certificate of vaccine against the yellow fever (if you come from a country that has a high risk of contagion) to visit other cities of Ecuador; in Guayaquil it's not necessary.-The current type used in Ecuador is 120v. Don't you connect your electronic devices if your country has 220v. Take an electrical transformer or ask one where you lodge.-Ecuador has 2 timezones: GMT - 5 (continental) y GMT - 6 (insular/ Galapagos islands).-One of the main tourist attractions of Ecuador, Galapagos islands, is at 621 mi (1000 km) from the Peruvian coast.- You can get to the islands by aerial way, since they have an airport in the island of San Cristobal and another in Santa Cruz. The time of travel is around 1 hour.-Galapagos is one of the most expensive destinations, since just the plane ticket costs between $300 and $420, plus the entrance to the Parque Nacional de Galapagos ($100). The services in the island are also more expensive than in the fir...m land.-To get around from one island to the other you can take a public transportation that costs approximately $30.To get around in Guayaquil won't be complicated, since the distances are not long and you will find low-cost means of transportation as Metrovias, buses and taxis.Metrovia is the main mean of transportation of Guayaquil, similar to the Metropolitano in Lima. Metrovia connects the most distant areas of the city, operating from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. The buses are also similar to Lima in the way of operating. If you want to enjoy your stay in Guayaquil we don't recommend you to use this mean of transportation, despite the fact that is the low-cost. The taxis in Ecuador are mostly formal. Take always formal taxis from authorized companies. You will recognize it because inside you will see the picture of the driver and a security camera.-The travel by Metrovia costs $ 25 cents. Keep in mind that most of the time is crowded of people.-The buses collect between 25 cents and $1 in short and long distances.-The taxis drivers collect $ 1 on average to cover short distances (they have a taximeter, so the rate you pay is fair).In the period of rains there is a risk of landslide of mud and rock and slipping of huge land parts. In the past there have taken place natural accidents due to the negligence of some people.Guayaquil, as most of the metropolis, harbors its risks. The most common risks to the traveller are the thefts. But, take it easy, just some places in guayaquil are considered dangerous. The tourist areas, in general, have constant surveillance.You can find here some tips we can give you to have a pleasant stay without shocks in Guayaquil:-Not to take with you high amounts of money on the street. Just the necessary.-Leave the highly valued objects at the hotel or any place of confidence. never take them with you.-Take authorized taxis. It's easy to identify them, it's enough to look inside if there is a photography of the driver and the regulation security cameras.
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Guayaquil weather

Best time to visit Guayaquil

The best period to visit Guayaquil goes from May to December, since there are less rains and the climate is colder. You can also go in July for the important date celebration of the Fundacion de Guayaquil.

Climate in Guayaquil

-The climate of Guayaquil is warm/tropical, and has 2 different seasons: the rainy and the dry season (temperatures dont drop more than 77 °F (25 °C) and the warmest days dont go over 82 °F (28°C).

The things to do in Guayaquil

Guayaquil, also known as the “Pacific Pearl”, is the political and economic capital of Equator. It’s considered one of the most important ports in South America. Thanks to the privilege climate of Guayaquil, the city can be visited at any season of the year, because there are no extreme temperatures; nevertheless, the climate is more humid in winter (from January to Ma...y). In the central area of Guayaquil there are some tourist attractions more protruding, as the Malecón Simón Bolívar (pier) or the Barrio las Peñas (neighborhood), known for its colonial architecture and the bohemian nightlife. Besides, at one hour from Guayaquil you can enjoy the natural pools of Varadero beach, which have an environment of nice climate and good food
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Accomodations in Guayaquil

Hotel Rio Guayas
Location: Eloy Alfaro 1008, between Gómez Rendón and Brazil
Rate: s/ 33 - s/ 125
Its a central hotel located at 3 blocks from the pier and a few kms from the main tourist attractions of the city. It stands out for the service of its staff, the tidyness and comfort of its installations. You will feel that you pay less than what you get. Even if the facade is not so appealing, the inside will surprise you. The rooms have private bathroom, shower, wifi and parking lot.
Munay Rooms
Location: Francisco de Marcos 1415, between Av. Quito y Pedro Moncayo - 2º piso
Rate: s/ 25 - s/ 49
This calm place is one of the cheapest, but its well-known for the service of the reception. You will feel home. Inside the construction you will find a livingroom with cable TV, hammocks, tourist information and a large shared hall; there is also a shared kitchen, very complete. You can be lodged in shared or private rooms, depending on your budget.

Important dates in Guayaquil

Carnaval(begining of February)The joyful celebration of carnival starts weeks before the central days in the different neighborhoods of Guayaquil. If you travel to Guayaquil in carnival, let you carry by the color and rejoicing of the parade that goes through the pier with allegorical cars, groups of dance and troupes.
Fundación de Guayaquil(July the 25th)The Fiestas Julianas, as they are called, arrive with festivals, serenades, parades, troupes, exhibitions and a great participation of the locals in the previous days to the centralevent that commemorates one more year of the citys foundation.
Independence of Guayaquil(October the 9th)The anniversary of the guayaquil independence is celebrated with a great variety of civic and cultural events. If you are in Ecuador that period dont you miss the militar parade and the nautical parade that takes place in the Estero Salado.


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