Travel Blogs from Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Another trip into town. Includes iguanas..., Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Another trip into town. Includes iguanas...

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... I hadn't walked along that way before. On the way to the park I came across a plaza containing Guayaquil's first public monument, a statue of Ecuador's first native president. At one side is Iglesia San Francisco, originally built in the early 18th ...

Back home very soon, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Back home very soon

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Retrospectively written on 20th January.   The first leg of my flight home for Christmas began in the evening - a night flight to Amsterdam. I took special care packing because some of the Christmas presents I had for people were quite ...

South over the Andes, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

South over the Andes

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... great day. Monday morning Carolyn packed up and started her travel day from hell.  24 hours straight travelling.  3 hours back to Guayaquil through the mountains, wait for her flight to Lima, Peru.  Fly to Lima, 3 hour layover, fly to Rio, ...

Return to Guayaquil, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Return to Guayaquil

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... I was feeling quite peckish but decided to give them a miss, because I didn't know how long they'd been out for. I arrived back at Guayaquil bus terminal at midday and hopped straight on a bus to my part of town; once I got in I couldn't rest for as long ...

Municipal Museum, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Municipal Museum

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... thigh bones and a tooth of a mastodon! In other rooms there was a display about three British pirates who attacked Guayaquil (William Dampier being one), colonial Spanish artifacts like guns and swords, a map of Guayaquil from 1741, republican artifacts, ...

I've moved flats!, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

I've moved flats!

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Today I moved into a new flat! I'm now living in Urdesa Central, with two of my colleagues. The contract at my old place ran out today.  It's fair to say that the whole flat is a bit shabbier than my last one, plus although there is air conditioning ...

Mum is here!, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Mum is here!

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... since put it out on show on my desk at the flat. We had some dinner at one of the hotel's main café/restaurant but I've forgotten what we ate. It felt a great novelty to me to be staying in a hotel in Guayaquil, and a really nice hotel at that. ...

I will fully update this blog as soon as I can!, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

I will fully update this blog as soon as I can!

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... post now and then go back and do other posts to fill in the gaps between my arrival back in Guayaquil in January and now. My birthday in January, Mum's Ecuador visit in February, my Carnival jaunts in March, Emma & Mark and Kate & Andrew's ...

Back from the Galápagos. Cuenca tomorrow!, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Back from the Galápagos. Cuenca tomorrow!

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A very early start for us this morning. A taxi arrived at 5.45 to take us, Bud and Gale to the port, where after having our bags rather cursorily checked, a water taxi dropped us off at the speedboat. The journey this time was better because the boat was ...

Will return and update the previous 3 weeks soon!, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Will return and update the previous 3 weeks soon!

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...  - A colleague's baby shower a week ago... Ecuadorian baby showers are a bit different to usual   - A trip to Guayaquil's Historical Park a week ago yesterday  - A walk along the 'other Malecón' in Guayaquil two weeks ago  - ...

Goodbye workplace and Guayaquil city centre..., Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Goodbye workplace and Guayaquil city centre...

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... chips and rice) and then a cup of morocho for pudding.    Tuesday 29th   In the morning I got a bus into Guayaquil city centre for a last look-around. I visited the Central Market for the first time - as soon as I entered I really wished ...

Update from Guayaquil, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Update from Guayaquil

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... celebrate the Queen´s birthday, so we´re going to that and then going on up the coast to Montañita for the rest of the weekend. All I´ve seen of Ecuador so far is Guayaquil, so I´m looking forward to seeing some countryside and beaches! Lucy   ...

Dad's birthday, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Dad's birthday

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... home, saying "My family is in the car outside, we wanted to give you a lift because then we can see different areas of Guayaquil". She had never offered me a lift before and I had never met any of her family. Secretly I thought this was a rather peculiar ...

Encocado Mixto, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Encocado Mixto

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Today 'E' and I went into town to a particular restaurant which is famous in Guayaquil for a particular seafood dish that is actually not native to Guayaquil at all but to Esmeraldas province, right at the opposite end of the country by the Colombian ...

The 'Captain Morgan', Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

The 'Captain Morgan'

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... 't bacon at all but pieces of pork scratching!    The boat trip was a great experience. It was interesting to see Guayaquil from a different viewpoint and after dark. We did a lot of dancing and took advantage of the free bar. Aside from beer ...

Birthday celebrations, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Birthday celebrations

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... because on any given week the majority of us have to be at work by 8 am on Saturday morning for class, so I saved my Guayaquil birthday celebration for the next day. 1/2/1/14    In the evening we went to Sushi Isao, the same sushi place we ...

It's HOT in Guayaquil!!, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

It's HOT in Guayaquil!!

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... , it is manic and fierce. Today is 30 degree C. I head out to 9 October street.     This is downtown Guayaquil. It's chaotic! People are streaming around everywhere. I'm yet to be propositioned, but I'm fully alert to my surroundings! For this ...

Isla Santay, Isla Santay, Ecuador travel blog

Isla Santay

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... some of their footprints in the mud when we went over a bridge. It felt surreal to be in an environment so different to Guayaquil yet so geographically close. It was a really nice change to go from walking through the bustle and noise and dust of the ...

Hello again, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Hello again

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... thing was a great relief to me because secondhand (or indeed new) bookshops with English language sections are not places that Guayaquil is blessed with... I will write a separate post about Cuenca next weekend when I have time; I'll post the photos then ...

Back to Guayaquil, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Back to Guayaquil

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... apart from that I managed to get a good photo of Quito spread out below with the mountains behind it.    On arrival to Guayaquil we were met at the airport and taken to the hotel. I had another swim in the pool and soon after that we had to ...

Goodbye Ecuador..., Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Goodbye Ecuador...

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... it was 18.16, a minute after we were supposed to have departed. We set off within 30 minutes. The sun was setting as we left Guayaquil. I felt excited about the fact I'd be back in the UK again soon and to be spending time in Madrid before that, but I did ...

Mayoral Election Day, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Mayoral Election Day

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I mentioned on the 13th that today was mayoral election day, not just in Guayaquil but all over the country. I went into town to see how it was going, but it took such an incredibly long time to get there on the bus I only had time for a plate ...

My visitors in Guayaquil, day 2, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

My visitors in Guayaquil, day 2

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... Peñas that I've been to before. Kate and Emma were desperate to try the famous 'Alexander' cocktail I'd told them about (which in Ecuador is made from brandy, creme de cacao, condensed milk and crushed ice), so they and I had one. I had intended for us ...

Day as a tourist rather than a working resident, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Day as a tourist rather than a working resident

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... in fact, but is filled with artists' studios and shops. It was very picturesque and colourful, like I imagined. (Most of Guayaquil was destroyed by fire and earthquakes on two or three occasions over the centuries, so has few colonial buildings left. Las ...

Another bits & pieces post, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Another bits & pieces post

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... if that stand is there again... Last Sunday I made a third attempt to visit the Museum of Anthropology & Contemporary Art here in Guayaquil, but I was thwarted yet again by the powers that be. This time there was a notice on the door saying that it's ...

General update, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

General update

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... chifa (the Ecuadorian name for a Chinese restaurant) for lunch. It was the first time I'd had Chinese food since I arrived in Ecuador in May, and I was interested to see how it differs to British Chinese food. To be honest it wasn't that different, ...

An Ecuadorian football match, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

An Ecuadorian football match

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... (the other is called Barcelona) and is named after a former Ecuadorian electrical company called Empresa Eléctrica del Ecuador. It's extremely popular not only in Guayaquil but in the country as a whole. Currently Emelec is at or near the top of the ...

Off to Cuenca today!, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Off to Cuenca today!

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It's very early in the morning here in Guayaquil, and I am up at this hour because in an hour's time I'm going to get a bus to the terminal and then see about getting a ticket to Cuenca. I was advised to get there as early as possible because it's a ...

Garlic crab in Guayaquil, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Garlic crab in Guayaquil

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The flight from Quito was uneventful and I arrived back in Guayaquil late afternoon. In the evening I went out for dinner with my friend and colleague 'E' to a crab restaurant. I was desperate to have crab at least once before I left Ecuador, because the ...

Botanic garden, music & a crystal palace, Guayaquil, Ecuador travel blog

Botanic garden, music & a crystal palace

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... ground it was very nearly as tall as he was. They were playing next to the La Rotonda Monument that represents the meeting in Guayaquil of the two famous South American liberators, Simón Bolívar and José de San Martín, in 1822.    ...

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