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Guayaquil and travel to Bahia on Pacific Coast

I spent three nights in Guayaquil, the biggest city of Ecuador, however was disappointed, as it turned out to be a very dirty city, extremely commercialized, almost plastic in comparison with a city like Cuenca with its fantastic culture and history, and the beauty of the Andes Mountains. Guayaquil is located on the western bank of the Guayas River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of Guayaquil at quite a great distance from Guayaquil. Here is a map of how it works.

The history of Guayaquil is marked with plenty of dramatic occupations, including by pirates. At one point it was razed down by a fire as well. In more recent history the city was completely hamstrung by corruption and VERY HIGH CRIME to the point of it becoming completely bankrupt. Towards the end of the nineties however the business sector under leadership of the Mayor Jaime Nebot managed to start some brilliant construction projects, including a brand new international airport, fighting the high crime and corruption in the city, and making the city more attractive for tourism. Plenty of investments went into a park as well as the "river wall", with millions spent on security to increase the safety for tourists.

Here are some photos ....

The photo below is taken from a park that I visited. The park was created by the Mayor on the other side of the Guyas River and is a tourist spot as well as I saw crowds of school children being taken on tour through the park.

This is another Simon Bolivar memorial that was constructed during the seventies and is situated on the "river wall".

The photos below were taken just above the "river wall" and show how predominantly poor the people are in Guayaquil. Enormous contrast with the enormous construction projects for high rises around the Air Port of Guyaquil.

I took the photo below during a late afternoon early evening walk on the river wall.

2 blog comments below

Finally a map! Now I don't have to google. City sure is dirty from your photos but another nice memorial to Simon
standready on Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:58 am
Thanks Stand. Doubt I'd want to visit the city again, but looks as though one can't help it as the air lines are forced to make their first stop in Guayaquil. That's totally crazy of course as Guayaquil is 420 km south of Quito. Another catch to this is that they force passengers to disembark in Quito, as air ticket is almost double the price if one should elect to get off at Guayaquil. Great International Airport in Guayaquil however as almost brand new. And signs are up in both English and Spanish. Quito's airport is very inferior to the one in Guayaquil.
deanhills on Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:54 am

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