As the largest city in Ecuador, its commercial hub and main port, Guayaquil is a sprawling urban gem comprised of high-rises and charming rural hillsides dotted with colorful villages.
As a large city, prices can rack up if you’re not careful.
For some affordable activities, walk the Malécon 2000, a promenade along the Guayas River, boasting live music, green areas, shops and restaurants; stroll Plaza Lagos; and walk up the Santa Ana and El Carmen hills for views of the city.
You can also get a glimpse of the city’s history and culture at the Museo Antropologico y de Arte Contemporaneo, free to enter. Visit the Parque Historico Guayaquil, a beautiful protected green area surrounded by colorful, historic homes and a small zoo.
Skip the international cuisine in Guayaquil, and stick with local favorites like patacón con queso, a fried, flattened plantain topped with melted cheese; Ecuadorian-style ceviche; encocados, stews made with coconut milk; and empanadas de verde, made by rolling out mashed, green plantains into a pastry shell and filling them with either ground beef or chicken cooked with onion and spices, or with a mild white cheese.
Top places for cheap eats include Restaurant El Jardin, El Sabroson, Dulceria La Palma, Corozo El Verdadero and De Verde, Pinton y Maduro. The city also has a great nightlife scene, and while many clubs and bars charge an entrance fee of around $10, drinks at some spots are as little as $3.
To get around the city, use registered yellow taxis, which have a fixed price of $3–5 from the airport to downtown, and around 50 cents for rides once you’re in the city. The Metrovia is another great option, at only 30 cents a fare.
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Barcelona has seen a recent influx of craft cocktails bars within the past five years or so, and Sant Antoni seems to be one of the city’s epicenters of such swanky watering holes. Amid the crisscross streets, organic grocery stores and the soon-to-open, recently renovated Sant Antoni market is Bitter, an inconspicuous cocktail bar where there’s more than meets the eye.
Friends and family members of travelers are always looking for the right gift. It’s hard to find something that will surprise a traveler and also be something they use often. Many are trying to look past the typical gifts travelers get, such as notebooks and pens, and looking more toward destination-specific or more unique items. Gift giving can be difficult for some that don’t know what a traveler is looking for or needs, but these three gifts are a great starting point.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
As one of the more traveled islands in the South Pacific with an increasingly gay-friendly community and culture of its own, Tahiti is an easy option for your next getaway. You may already know all about the island’s beauty and attractions, but there are a couple specific destinations worth a visit.