After 7 1/2 hrs finally in Guayaquil, let's enjoy it!

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at the Guayas River
Yay! Finally, the city, yay!!! I have already forgotten, it could take long to arrive to the terminal, hahaha. Anyway, we were finally there. I took my big backpack and started to walk into the building when I listened: "Yadi!" It was Shawn, yay!!! So good to see him!!! We switched backpacks, hehe. He'd carry my big one and I'd carry his little one, that works for me! Then we took a cab to our hostel. During the trip I asked several people about a hostel in Guayaquil and all of them told me there were no hostels in downtown, but there was a nice one near the airport. I made the reservations there and that would be our home for the next couple of days.
Am I in heaven? A Peruvian Restaurant!!!


It wasn't easy for the taxi driver to find the hostel, pfff. But finally he did. We checked in, took a quick shower and were ready to... get lunch! hahaha. When we were driving to the hostel, I saw something so interesting: a Peruvian Restaurant! Let's go there. I was so excited about getting the real cebiche again, yay! We were ready to order our food, but the waitress warned us that this might take long, since they were busy with a large table. Nevermind. Oh no! They run out of fish and Peruvian beer!!! At least we got anticuchos - beef heart - and yuquitas. And they were delicious. What should we do now?

I have heard Guayaquil is a city you better skip, so my goal was to prove that wasn't true. We took a cab to downtown and I had a list of places I'd like to see.
San Francisco church
After grabbing a snack at a cafeteria, we went to the Parque Centenario. This was the biggest in the city. It was crowded. The park should be beautiful, but it was dirty and didn't look that safe. While we were walking to another park and square, we were watching the buildings. They were old and didn't look that pretty. There were a couple of nice ones, but why nobody takes care of them? what a shame. I started to think that people were right about this city... and I was staying here 2 days!!!

Following the busy 9 de Octubre avenue, which was crowded with people and lots of stores, we arrived to another square: San Francisco. It was small, but had a nice church. Ok, things were changing... While we were walking to this square Shawn saw 2 nice towers, they might belong to a church, so that was our next stop.
it was soft


This was the Cathedral! And was beautiful and the square in front of it was the Bolivar park aka Iguana's park. There were huge iguanas just walking around and people can touch them. How cool!!! Also there were musicians and dancers at the square. It was Sunday, so most of the families were enjoying the day just hanging out at the squares. While we were there I saw the first wild pig statue. Why a wild pig? I saw several of them in different places here in Guayaquil. Anyway I was thinking about looking for one of the places recommended in the area, but couldn't find it! Many restaurants were closed on Sundays, silly since most of the people eat out on Sundays...

One of the highlights things to see in Guayaquil is the Malecon. Usually a Malecon is along the sea, but here it's along the Guayas river.
having drinks at the Malecon - and popcorn!
The Malecon is very modern and nice. We were just a couple of blocks away so just walked there. The place was completely packed! You could see lots of families and people in general just enjoying a nice walk. Yes, it was Sunday... So, we joined the crowd, hahaha.

We stopped at a bar to have our first drink in Guayaquil. The place looked a bit like a TGI Friday's haha, similar table cloths, hehe. We ordered a cherry and lime daiquiri and the waiter also brought some pop corn, but no aji. So Shawn asked for it. I guess, this wasn't popular here, since the waiter looked at him as if he was crazy. I guess people don't do it in the coast. Anyway, I tried to do it and almost died! That was too spicy and I was crying, hahaha. We were still at the bar for the sunset.
not so good crab cebiche... at least for me...
It was a nice place to watch it.

Mmm, we were lazy to find out our way back to the hostel by bus, so we took a cab. This time I was able to gave the driver some directions: "Kennedy clinic". By the time we were there, it was around 8:30pm and we were hungry - again, hahaha. I just grabbed a shirt with sleeves and we were ready to leave. I saw many restaurants in our neighborhood, so we'd try any of them. Actually the one I was thinking about was a Shawarma place, hehe.

In our way we saw something that got our attention: crab cebiche. Mmm, that might be tasty. The main dish at this place was the whole crab, but we wanted to try the cebiche. During the whole trip I haven't ever said I didn't like a dish and didn't want to do it this time, but that brown soup was too much.
Ali in action
The flavor was too strong. Maybe if it wouldn't have more lime, it would be less worse... but no, that wasn't for me. So good, we just ordered 1. Shawn seemed to like it and ending having all of it. Please, be my guest.

After this not so good experience, we kept on walking and arrived to the Shawarma place I'd seen earlier, hehe. This was located in a corner and was a small one. Ali's Shawarma was run by Ali and his wife, hehe. We ordered our shawarmas, very tasty and wanted a kippe, but they were run out of them. Oh no! I wasn't having much luck with my food today... we were about leaving when I saw at the menu: "Arabic dessert" That should be a baklava. So I asked for one of them to the lady. She told Ali that I wanted dessert, next he came with it. I said: "the baklava is for me.
leaving Guayaquil terminal
" He was surprised I knew the name of the dessert, since they didn't write it anywhere, so he exlcaimed: "oh! you know about Arabic food" with his accent, hahaha.

We were full and started walking back to the hostel, but then Shawn stopped. What was going on? We saw a long line in front of a small place, which didn't even have seats. They were selling tacos. And the place was really popular. We went closer to take a look and the taco looked good. I was too full, but Shawn got one, hahaha. It was very tasty, I had a bite, hehe. Just for gastronomic purposes.

Ok, now we were in our way back to the hostel, full and happy. Don't need to say we slept like babies, zzz
yadilitta says:
Yes, Ecuadorian cebiche is good, but not as good as Peruvian :P and regarding the crab one... I guess we already talked about that matter, hehehe. Yes, they called them tacos, but were more like burritos. Anyway they were very good too! You know it, you had them twice :)
Posted on: Aug 13, 2009
geerbox says:
The real cebiche??? Ecuadorian cebiche is good!! (yes a little different) and the crab one was unique :)
But the burritos or tacos or whatever they call them were really yummy! Mmmm
Posted on: Aug 13, 2009
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at the Guayas River
at the Guayas River
Am I in heaven? A Peruvian Restaur…
Am I in heaven? A Peruvian Restau…
San Francisco church
San Francisco church
it was soft
it was soft
having drinks at the Malecon - and…
having drinks at the Malecon - an…
not so good crab cebiche... at lea…
not so good crab cebiche... at le…
Ali in action
Ali in action
leaving Guayaquil terminal
leaving Guayaquil terminal
Peru and Guayaquil flag
Peru and Guayaquil flag
Peruvian menu, yay!
Peruvian menu, yay!
yuquitas stuffed with cheese and t…
yuquitas stuffed with cheese and …
tasty anticuchos - Shawn tried the…
tasty anticuchos - Shawn tried th…
Parque Centenario or Century Park
Parque Centenario or Century Park
street vendor at Parque Centenario
street vendor at Parque Centenario
monument at Parque Centenario
monument at Parque Centenario
crowded Parque Centenario
crowded Parque Centenario
an angel at Parque Centenario
an angel at Parque Centenario
big trees at Parque Centenario
big trees at Parque Centenario
Fire fighter station
Fire fighter station
at 9 de Octubre avenue
at 9 de Octubre avenue
nice building at 9 de Octubre
nice building at 9 de Octubre
altar at San Francisco church
altar at San Francisco church
side entrance to the Cathedral
side entrance to the Cathedral
side of the Cathedral
side of the Cathedral
the Cathedral
the Cathedral
Entrance to the Cathedral
Entrance to the Cathedral
Bolivar monument at Parque Bolivar
Bolivar monument at Parque Bolivar
big iguana
big iguana
Iguana!
Iguana!
it was walking in the middle of th…
it was walking in the middle of t…
festival at Bolivar park
festival at Bolivar park
a concert was going on at Parque B…
a concert was going on at Parque …
wild pigs again!!!
wild pigs again!!!
touching a Iguana
touching a Iguana
lazy
lazy
he wanted to touch the iguana too
he wanted to touch the iguana too
Bolivar and San Martin monument, f…
Bolivar and San Martin monument, …
dock at Guayas River
dock at Guayas River
wow! It was so crowded! Maybe, bec…
wow! It was so crowded! Maybe, be…
nice colors at the Malecon
nice colors at the Malecon
making Donuts
making Donuts
nice fountain at the Malecon
nice fountain at the Malecon
Guayas river
Guayas river
crowded Malecon
crowded Malecon
Malecon at night, nice!
Malecon at night, nice!
Crab
Crab
tasty chicken shawarma
tasty chicken shawarma
yummy Baklava
yummy Baklava
Taco place always busy
Taco place always busy
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