Guayaquil Shopping you would not believe!
Trip Start Nov 08, 2004
55Trip End Nov 08, 2005
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Our first impressions of Ecuador were great. Long gone are the days of "Bonita Banana".. the famous trademark of Ecuador in NZ and Australia. After a long day on the bus from 7am and needing our fleece as the Andes crossing was really cold, we landed after a 7hr flight into 27 degree temperatures. The climate is very agreeable. The airport was total mayhem so luckily Christain was able to meet us. Christain is a friend`s girlfriend`s sister`s boyfriend´s friend (!) who we meet at the Barcelona street parties 2 years ago. He really went out of his way to meet us and show us around. Top man.
We found a hotel and changed then went out to the new water front area which has been recently developed. It is really nice. Like any major city
When are checked into the airport to fly to Galapagos our extra bag with all our goodies was 21kg and they wanted to charge us excess luggage -we had 67kg in total! Then Caroline pipeed up at the perfect momment that we are volunteers (even though we don`t have a work permit) and I said that all the stuff in the bag was for the locals! so they let us off... Friendly people.
We only had 1 full day in Guayaquil due to the Spanish course in Mendoza but wish we had more. It is not really on the tourists "Gringo Trail". We will be going to Quito after Galapagos so we are looking forward to that.