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.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.