Guayaquil Port is located on the Guayas River; it is 44 miles away from Gulf of Guayaquil located on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador. It is Ecuador's largest city and the capital of the province of Guayas.
Guayaquil Port is the main port and is the center of all fishing and manufacturing industries in the country. Most of the country's imports and fifty percent of the exports are handled at this busy port. There are various industries actively operating in this economic center. These include machine shops, tanneries, sugar refineries, foundries and the manufacturing facilities for various consumer products.
Guayaquil is also considered to be the most populous island’ there are more than 4.5 million people living in the metropolitan area.
The La Bahia is the place to buy everything you need; however, schedule your shopping spree in the morning because the place may not be safe at night. Another option is the Malecon Del Salado where you can also buy some local handicrafts and art work. You can also find these goods in the downtown area. For choices of paintings, jewelry and indigenous crafts, consider the Mercado Artesanal. This building covers an entire block in the city.
Things to See
There are historic sites that visitors can enjoy while visiting the City of Guayaquil. You can go to the Palacio Municipal and see the most important building in the country. You can also go to Malecon 2000 and check out how the Simon Bolivar Pier has been restored. A few feet away and with 400 steps going to a hilltop, visitors can see a lighthouse, chapel and museum while enjoying panoramic views of the city.
If you want to see cannons and take pictures, you can go to Cerro Santa Ana Lighthouse to see the remnants of nineteenth and twentieth century defense equipment.
You can also go to the Las Penas neighborhood and see a wide collection of art work in the restored historic houses.
The Guayaquil Iguana Park also called the Parque Seminario is home to more than a thousand iguanas with some having a length of up to 5 feet. You can feed the iguanas with slices of mangoes.
For water adventure, dip at the Salinas, surf, swim or fish. You will also enjoy whale watching during the months of June to September.
Restaurants and Bars
Del Natos is an Argentinean restaurant that serves grilled food. You can try their big servings of steak. If you are into Italian cuisine, you can try what Tattoria del Enrique offers. This restaurant is like a huge aquarium with big fishes swimming at the ceiling area.
For Korean cuisine, dine at the Casa Corea and enjoy their kimchi and bulgogi.
For a taste of local cuisine, you can go to La Canoa and try their rice, beef and beans specialty.