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South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil January 9th 2014

January 6,7,8 - 2014 Travel day from Isla Isabela by speed boat and the usual taxis, transfers etc to the Baltra Island airport through Puerto Ayora and on to Guayaquil. In hindsight, had we known, a better option would have been to take a small plane directly from Isla Isabel to Baltra. ( no need to revisit Puerta Ayora and a shorter travel day with fewer transfers and no 2 hour speed boat ride ) Arrived safe and sound in Guayaquil for nice dinner and a little rest. We can recommend a great restaurant – The Coracol Azul. Great place a short walk from the Oro Verde Hotel we stayed at. Great Hotel. First Class ! Tuesday we spent in Guayaquil. Took a long walk to the river and the “ Malecon” that follows the riverside. ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil November 5th 2013

Today we had the hostel staff call for a van to take us, our two pets and 13 bags to Cuenca. The first van that arrived might have been able to get 6 bags in it. I told them to not even try. About 30 minutes later they sent a much larger van, and we got everything in it except for the two animal crates, which we had to tie to the roof of the van. I did not like this idea as it made us targets. When we stopped for gas before hitting the major road we saw that the crates on the roof were not going to last for long, so we wound up re-arranging everything inside and made room for them. When we were traveling up into the Cajas Mountains I was really ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil November 4th 2013

Here are some pictures of the hostal we stayed at. We even had a jacuzzi in our bathroom. It is located up in the hills above the town, and about a 20 minute taxi ride down to the center of town. We stayed here for three days and just vegetated. We only went down to Guayaquil for a few hours, just to say we did. It is the largest city in Ecuador and it looked it. Large, noisy, dirty, crowded. We spent a while at the Iguana Park. It is loaded with iguanas of all sizes that are free to roam all around. They even sleep up in the trees. After we left there we went over to river that runs up from the coast. The water was very brown. I would not want to swim ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil November 4th 2013

Sorry, I forgot to list the pictures of the hostel. Here they are.... read more
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South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil October 23rd 2013

Our stay in Guayaquil certainly had less than a perfect start. We had booked our accomodation via AirBnB as usual, and everything seemed smooth up to the point when our host came to open the door seeming confused at our arrival. Lacking a common language (despite our preceding Spanish studies), we weren't at first sure what the issue was, but pretty soon it turned out that our booking on AirBnB was for one week later. The night before I had sent the hosts a message saying we will arrive at 1pm, and they answered they would be waiting for us then, and I even got a booking reminder message from AirBnB that night, so I certainly didn't suspect we were about to arrive one week too early. Quite embarrasing. But, no problem, their room happened to ... read more
one of the many iguanas
representative of an unknown species among all the iguanas
view to the Las Peñas hill

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South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil June 6th 2013

We were warned about the dangers of guayaquil before arriving, being known as the most dangerous city in Ecuador, We took a taxi to our hostel and arrived to find a heavily guarded hostel with 12ft walls topped with electric fence and video intercom. We stayed 2 nights in guayaquil and although we were cautious we never felt unsafe. (Compared to the Capitol Quito) We walked down to the malacon 2000 a long boardwalk by the river which includes some large parks with koi and duck ponds. The boardwalk is heavily guarded with police every 100 metres. At the end of the boardwalk is a large hill with beautiful brightly coloured houses which we could have walk to but decided to get home before dark. On the walk back we stopped at the Central Park which ... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil May 26th 2013

We had a pretty reasonable timed flight this am – 11.40am which meant we had to organise a 9am transfer to the airport. We were up at 7.30, packed up and had breakie and went and visited my pharmacist Peter for his left over antibiotics as he is heading home and they will expire in a few months. Just in case we need them in the next 6 weeks! :) We had a bit of a sad goodbye with Peter and John who had got up and come downstairs to see us off and say bye! Both of who we had been travelling with for a month now. John is from Melbourne so we will catch up with him for sure when we are all back in Aus which will be good. Our transfer never arrived ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil March 18th 2013

2nd round Guayaquil, Ecuador After surviving planes, taxis, a ferry, and buses we arrived in another section in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador. We arranged a home stay for 2nights and did not know what to expect. This part of the city is rougher, away from the touristy areas, but no more dangerous than any big city. The home stay people were a lovely surprise, Patricia and Homero. They spoke little English, but are learning, just like we are learning Spanish. It's funny how home decor can reflect people's personas. This home was full of eclectic art, classic literature, and a sense of warmth. As we got to know our hosts over 2 days (with very funny broken intertwined languages) we discovered they were as kind and as warm as their surroundings. It's corny, but if ... read more
Cute kitty at the house
Lovely home
City bus ride

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil February 22nd 2013

Walked the city of Guayaquil all day in 42cel heat! Lovely colours, buildings, and iguanas. In the midst of being drenched with sweat we got interviewed in Santa Ana for a Chinese TV station about our experiences there-funny. City is always busy and crossing the downtown streets a wild gamble. Our hostel (casa Romero) was nice and staff very helpful. Off to Galapolos now. Just got through the very efficient and helpful airport. Photos to follow. AdiOS!... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil February 21st 2013

Well we made it! No thanks to seemingly unlimited numbers of cranky, rude, and unhappy air canada employees. It was a long day! Complete with 2 de-icings and 3 of 4 delayed flights(any guess which airline). Anyway, our last flight from Lima to Guayaquil was a pleasant surprise. We flew LAN, a South American airline and were surprised to see newer planes, prompt, friendly service, an an overall pleasant experience, our first of the day. We arrived in Guayaquil in time to check into our hostel and go grab some food/a walk. Our room is very large, with I nice balcony and very central. As we were leaving to go eat wfriends nice girl from Japan, Kay. She asked if she could come with us, and as it turned out she had booked the same last ... read more
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