Last full day in Ecuador: walking around, meeting friends, just enjoying every minute :)
Guayaquil Travel Blog› entry 53 of 56 › view all entries
July 20th, 2009 – by: yadilitta
This time we took a bus. I asked one of the ladies at the hostel and she gave us the best directions. Yes, definitely we were in a big city. Streets were busy with lot of people and cars.
We finally arrived to the Palacio Cristal, but is was closed, oh no! There was a book fair and last day was yesterday. Right now they were cleaning all. I told the guardian that I was also looking for the Handi Craft market and he gave us visitors passes, yay! So we could go in.
First we saw a nice monument, but what really impressed me was the fact that there was almost nobody walking around. What a big difference with crowded Sunday. Well, that worked better for us, hehe. The walk along the malecon would be a long one, but we were just chatting, having fun and of course taking pics, well not as many as I'd have liked. I had not many available in my current SD Card. Shawn told me he'd take a look at the 8G card when we were back at the hostel.
In our way we saw nice monuments and buildings, like the Clock Tower, City Hall, among others. There were also some boats, which you could take and sail along the river, like the old pirates did, sweet! But we didn't do it... The Malecon is very large and full with parks. There were some exhibitions going on there. Most of them weren't open yet, but we could see flowers, plants and even some animals.
It was 11 something when we listened some music. There was a band playing there too, neat! I liked all the colors of the Malecon, very pretty! We were getting a bit hungry. I checked my list of places to visit and there was one we wanted to try the day before but was closed. This was just in front of the Malecon, by the way once you are walking in the Malecon, you have to find the exits to leave it and cross the street, haha.
The name was Fruta Bar (Bar Fruit) and couldn't suit it better, everything is about fruits there. It wasn't that early, but it seemed to be we were the first customers, hahaha. We stayed at the outdoors tables, since they were cleaning inside, hehe. It wasn't difficult to decide what to get, juice was the answer. The problem was to choose a fruit or fruits. The menu was huge and there were some weird ones like: avocado juice, pff. That's too much... At the end I got a Mora & Guanabana one and Shawn got Passion Fruit & Pinneaple. OMG! They were huge!!! and so tasty too!!! After this very filling and healthy snack, we were ready to keep on walking.
It was noon, when we finally reached the "Cerro Sta Ana".
Ok, it wouldn't be so hard, just 444 steps! We would succeed. While you are climbing you can admire the lovely houses but also you would be able to see some pictures of how this area looked before and it wasn't very pretty. But do not hurry to reach the top. We took our time and were able to see charming allyes, squares. The whole area was like a labyrinth.
Then there was a pirate museum / park and finally the top. There you'd find a light house and also a church. We spent there some minutes just admiring the city. Wow, that was big! I said that Guayaquil was a bit dirty, but the stairs were very clean and well maintained. Also there was so much security, that we felt safe here, although the area wasn't the nicest. We were thinking about having lunch here, but almost no restaurant was open. Then I realized, most of them don't work on Mondays, just at night... oh well, we weren't that hungry, just were looking for a charming place.
Well, should we go back to the hostel? Better go back to downtown and look for the other restaurant we couldn't find the day before.
It was 2:30pm when we were back at the hostel. It was the first time I saw there were monkeys there, how cool! I was thinking about starting to pack, since next day I'd be flying back home...
Since I knew, it was difficult for the taxi drivers to find the address, we went to the main street to wait for the guys. I was buying something at a store, when Shawn told me: "I think, there they are..." OMG! The guys!!! I was so happy to see them again. After hugging them and introducing Shawn, we walked back to the hostel. They'd take a shower and then we'd leave to explore a bit of Guayaquil. Finally it was 7pm when we were leaving the hostel and we'd go back to Cerro Sta. Ana, so they'd be able to get a great view of the city and night and so would we.
Anthony noticed there were old cabs in town and was looking forward, we could catch one and so we did, hahaha. The city at night looked very beautiful with lights and colors. The guys liked very much the cerro and so we did. It looked so different at night. We were lucky we were able to see it both day & night. This would be the 2nd time climbing it, but no problem! Back at the hostel, Shawn fixed the problem with the SD card and now I had tons of pics available, yay!!!!
There were musicians at the start of the stairs, nice! We started to climb and were looking for a place to grab a bite, but some were closed. Guys had a snack at the taco place near the hostel, so we could wait a bit longer. But not too long for a drink, hahaha. We went to a small and charming bar, had a beer and chatted for a while.
We kept on climbing and admiring the colorful and charming houses around us. As good guides, we were explaining the guys the story of the mountain, hahaha. Anthony was taking many pics, hehe. I wasn't the only one. We were having a great time. Then we reached the top and the view was breathtaking. City at night looked gorgeous. I liked it better than early in the morning. Maybe because it was cloudy, but it was a good thing otherwise, it'd have been to difficult to clime all the way.
In our way down, we stopped for dinner. We found a small place offering local food and they were playing nice music, latin music, hehehe. We enjoyed our food, although Cynthia's dish and mine took long to be ready, but that was ok.
It was getting late and the 4 of us had long and tiring days, so it was a great idea go back to the hostel and have a good sleep. Tomorrow it'd be a busy day, we all were leaving town, and needed our batteries full recharged :)
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