Pacific Gateway to Galapagos

Trip Start Nov 15, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, September 9, 2007

The journey from Riobamba to Guayaquil took us from the highlands of Ecuador to the Pacific Lowlands. Both the scenery and the climate becoming more tropical and humid along the way. The wooden verandahed houses in the villages toward Guayaquil reminded us of similar scenes in Belize.

We arrived at the most disorganised bus station yet. Our bus arrived at the back of the terminal, but there wasnīt an entrance to the terminal from this area. We had to lug our backpacks onto another bus to reach the terminal entrance around the front! ?????????

Picked up our tickets and vouchers for the Galapagos trip without a hitch and booked into a hotel near Parque Centenario, again a good value localīs hotel which also rented rooms by the hour!

Shopping followed...we purchased an enormous amount of seasickness pills because of Edīs almost phobia-like approach to the prospect of being seasick. I bought a pair of shorts - a momentous decision as my legs have been covered up since Central America!

For a city with a poor and dangerous reputation, we found our short time in Guayaquil pleasant. The food was good and the central city was very clean and there were a few nice parks. Unfortunately, the usual traffic congestion and pollution.

The walkway by the river, called the Malecon 2000 was beautifully landscaped and had enough security around that both tourists (of which there were few) and locals appeared completely relaxed strolling around. There is also a museum and movie theatre on the riverside. From the river, there are a couple of hills with colourful colonial houses on show.

We were careful to take taxis if we didnīt know the area, or it was after dark - but didnīt think Guayaquil seemed much worse than most Latin American cities.
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