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Guayaquil Travel Blog

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having breakfast
Hehe, I couldn't help it and woke up early again, hehehe. Well, I haven't been writing the last couple of days, so I had a lot to catch up. It was around 8, when we went for breakfast. It was included in the fee, yay! While we were having breakfast I got a message from Julio saying that Cynthia and Anthony were in their way to Guayaquil and might arrive like me around 1:30pm, cool! I hope we'd be able to meet. Ok, it was getting late and it was time to go to explore the city.

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.
ok, let's start walking
Our first stop would be the "Palacio de Cristal" (cristal palace) which used to be a market. It was located at the beginning from the Malecon, from there we could walk all the way to the Cerro Sta. Ana. I heard a lot about how colorful it was now and that I had to climb the stairs. We walked from the bus stop to the Palacio de Cristal. The area wasn't that nice. Definitely, I wouldn't walk by myself when it's getting dark. So good, I was with Shawn. This was more a commercial area, there were markets, shops and stores around.

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.
thinking, mmm
Awesome!!! We started to walk and also visited the Palacio Cristal. I was able to find the magnets I was missing, sweet!!! It was almost 10:30, when we left the place, picked up our ID's and started our long walk along the malecon. It was a good thing it was a bit cloudy, warm but not too much, so we could walk without problems.

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.
with Ronald! hahaha
Ok...

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.
having our huge and tasty juices
We finally found an exit and went to that snack bar.

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".
Del Galeon Alley
This is a mountain which used to be unsafe with poor houses. Now, it has been renewed. Well the government helped the people there to improve their houses and right now they are very colorful and what was an awful path is now a nice group of stairs. Once you are at the top you can get a wonderful view of the city. Well, that was our destination. Before starting to climb, we saw a nice church and square.

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.
me and Shawn taking a break
I was thinking we could get lost here easily, hahaha.

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.
trying to organize my stuff to pack
It was another restaurant, more a snack bar, about fruits and local pastries. I was craving for a tasty and fresh fruit salad, but I was concerned about Shawn. He likes fruit salad but not as main dish for lunch, hahaha. Fortunately there were a lot of pastries and we ended up having fruit salad but also 4 pastries, hahaha, beef empanada, yuca muchin, stuffed potato and tortilla de verde stuffed with cheese. The fruit salad and the tortilla de verde were mine and the other 3 pastries were his, but I tried them too... We ate like pigs, but at least we drank water :P

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...
musicians at the 1st step
when I got a phone call. It was Cynthia. They have already arrived to Guayaquil and tried to catch a bus to Lima but was too late, so they would spend the nice in the city. I run downstairs and asked for availability for them. Awesome! They would stay at the same hostel.

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.
2 cute girls wearing dresses


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.
nice at night
Shawn and me were the locals, haha.

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.
like the city at night
That gave me the opportunity to explain the guys more about Peru and helped with their plans. They'd arrive to Lima one day after me, so I'd go for them to the bus station, super!

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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having breakfast
having breakfast
ok, lets start walking
ok, let's start walking
thinking, mmm
thinking, mmm
with Ronald! hahaha
with Ronald! hahaha
having our huge and tasty juices
having our huge and tasty juices
Del Galeon Alley
Del Galeon Alley
me and Shawn taking a break
me and Shawn taking a break
trying to organize my stuff to pack
trying to organize my stuff to pack
musicians at the 1st step
musicians at the 1st step
2 cute girls wearing dresses
2 cute girls wearing dresses
nice at night
nice at night
like the city at night
like the city at night
the bus
the bus
busy streets
busy streets
the IESS - Ecuadorian Social Secur…
the IESS - Ecuadorian Social Secu…
people start to work early
people start to work early
going to the Malecon
going to the Malecon
hanging dolls
hanging dolls
in our way to Palacio Cristal
in our way to Palacio Cristal
Club Union - theres one in Lima, …
Club Union - there's one in Lima,…
the entrance to the Palacion Crist…
the entrance to the Palacion Cris…
so proud of my pass, haha
so proud of my pass, haha
my visitor pass!
my visitor pass!
the ceilings at Palacio Cristal
the ceilings at Palacio Cristal
inside the Palacio Cristal
inside the Palacio Cristal
the handi craft market
the handi craft market
the flags square - they are Ecuado…
the flags square - they are Ecuad…
Olmedo monument
Olmedo monument
empty malecon
empty malecon
malecon was so peaceful
malecon was so peaceful
almost nobody walking around
almost nobody walking around
at the Malecon
at the Malecon
Guayas ship
Guayas ship
Hernry Morgan ship
Hernry Morgan ship
Clock Tower
Clock Tower
Henry Morgan ship - you can take a…
Henry Morgan ship - you can take …
government building
government building
government building detail
government building detail
side of the government building
side of the government building
:)
:)
nice point view at the Malecon
nice point view at the Malecon
another wild pig
another wild pig
nice building
nice building
finally, I understood why there we…
finally, I understood why there w…
the band was coming
the band was coming
Bolivar and San Martin
Bolivar and San Martin
:)
:)
nice way to have plants!
nice way to have plants!
some orchids ;)
some orchids ;)
entrance to an exhibition at the M…
entrance to an exhibition at the …
nice colorful flowers
nice colorful flowers
at the malecon
at the malecon
cool table and benches at the Frut…
cool table and benches at the Fru…
:)
:)
Firefighters museum
Firefighters museum
church of Santo Domingo
church of Santo Domingo
Cerro Santa Ana stairs
Cerro Santa Ana stairs
Los Monjes Square
Los Monjes Square
more stairs to climb
more stairs to climb
keep on climbing
keep on climbing
Los Astilleros Alley
Los Astilleros Alley
looking down
looking down
South view
South view
this was how it looked before the …
this was how it looked before the…
colorful houses after the renovati…
colorful houses after the renovat…
view of Cerro el Carmen from Sta A…
view of Cerro el Carmen from Sta …
Guayas river
Guayas river
Guayas river and other part of the…
Guayas river and other part of th…
El Fortin Museum
El Fortin Museum
Pirate museum
Pirate museum
Pirate museum
Pirate museum
Las Peñas area
Las Peñas area
Cerro El  Carmen - Sta Ana used to…
Cerro El Carmen - Sta Ana used t…
nice view of the city
nice view of the city
anchor at the Pirate museum
anchor at the Pirate museum
Guayas river at 12:39pm - yes it w…
Guayas river at 12:39pm - yes it …
this was a looong bridge, and I cr…
this was a looong bridge, and I c…
another area of the city
another area of the city
we did it! climbed the 444 steps
we did it! climbed the 444 steps
chapel at the top
chapel at the top
inside the chapel
inside the chapel
Sta Ana
Sta Ana
buildings in dowtown
buildings in dowtown
sport courts
sport courts
the light house
the light house
found Inca Kola at Cerro Sta Ana, …
found Inca Kola at Cerro Sta Ana,…
the Escuela Superior Politecnica -…
the Escuela Superior Politecnica …
buildings werent that nice
buildings weren't that nice
:)
:)
all the pastries, yummy!
all the pastries, yummy!
tasty salad fruit!!!
tasty salad fruit!!!
our pastries - yummy!
our pastries - yummy!
inside the snack bar
inside the snack bar
colorful walls at the hostel
colorful walls at the hostel
the hostels pet
the hostel's pet
step 001 - just missing 443
step 001 - just missing 443
old cabs, hehe
old cabs, hehe
at the cab
at the cab
crazy traffic
crazy traffic
cool monument
cool monument
taxi had problems...
taxi had problems...
going to Cerro Sta Ana
going to Cerro Sta Ana
haha, down / up. Left side to go d…
haha, down / up. Left side to go …
ready to start climbing - again?
ready to start climbing - again?
Anthony
Anthony
chilling out: Cynthia, Anthony, Sh…
chilling out: Cynthia, Anthony, S…
nice door
nice door
refreshing beer, ahhhh
refreshing beer, ahhhh
what did the pirate see?
what did the pirate see?
view of the Pirate museum
view of the Pirate museum
lighthouse at night
lighthouse at night
city at night
city at night
so many lights
so many lights
like the flowers
like the flowers
:)
:)
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