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Travel Blogs from Guayaquil
... old men for a while before heading back to our
hostel. We decided to head down to the Malecon in the northern suburbs on
another bend in the river to see the evening light and water show. It was very
similar to such shows we have seen at Darling Harbour in Sydney. We decided to
lash out and go to Pizza Hut for dinner and had an expensive ($28) pizza. We
had put in a fair few kms walking so headed back to our hostel after tea.
... aisle is usually very narrow; and the bus will stop anywhere (apart from on bridges/overpasses) for people to get on or off. The destinations are usually written on stickers stuck on the front windscreen.
Our first destination was 'La Barca Azul', a restaurant I've been to a few times that sells a lot of what Ecuadorians call 'Platos Tipicos' (traditional dishes) and is very untouristy. Emma, Kate and I had seco de chivo ...
... and tried to prepare ourselves for the hustle and bustle of a big city again. Once in Guayaquil, we made the mistake of getting a taxi to the bus station to see if we could go directly to Montañita - it was a Saturday, so we should have known right away this was not going to happen. After wasting $5 on that cab for a two minute ride, and realizing our initial plans weren't going to happen, we grabbed another cab to a hostel we had planned on going to just in case this ...
... feeling knackered but satisfied.
We had dinner at a restaurant on the ground floor of a different hotel nearby. I had seco de chivo and Mum had shrimp ceviche.
When we got back to the hotel we wandered round taking some night time photos of the courtyard, including the giant iguana statue as well as the back of the cathedral that made up one of the courtyard walls.
... where we're quoted $90 US dollars to get to Banos. Lots of arguing with bus company!
- Every ATM in the bus station is empty. Finally we give up and ask a taxi driver to take us to a cheap hotel.
So we weren't where we expected but we had a decent room. We both agreed it was probably the most stressful journey of the trip and we still weren't sure how we'd get to Banos.