Gateway to Galapagos

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Friday, January 4, 2013

We arrived in Guayaquil late on the night of the 4th not expecting much. We were quite paranoid about our surroundings as we had been warned by alot of people that the city is well-known as Ecuador's most dangerous and violent. Thankfully, we experienced none of this. The only downside of our stay here was the hostel. It was ok but one of our least favourite so far. On the 5th, we firstly visited the "Parque de las Iguanas" downtown, which is home to hundreds of tame iguanas, some fish in a pond, a black squirrel or two and some turtles. Subsequent to this, we walked to the Malecon Simón Bolivar which is a long park beside the "Guayas River", with shops, an IMAX theater, gardens, and a beautiful view of both the river and downtown. After walking to the end of Malecon, we arrived at Santa Ana & El Carmen hills. From here. we could see almost the whole city having walked up the 400 odd steps to the top. Along with the amasing views, there was a lighthouse, museum, small chapel and park. This whole renewed downtown area was very secure to walk and look around. We couldn´t believe how nice the area was, having heard absolutely nothing about it before our visit. The next day, we went to 3 shopping malls which were all really close together. We only planned on stopping here to pick up a few bits for the Galapagos but ended up staying for the day. The shops ranged from really cheap in one centre to top of the range in the other. After shopping, we availed of the cinema as some movies were in English with Spanish subtitles. We went to see "The Long Way Back" and really enjoyed. After, we went for dinner in a cool sports bar. Having arrived back at the hostel, showering, packing etc we just went straight to bed. The next morning, we got up early to catch our flight to the Galapagos. Leaving the hostel, we were like two excited children heading off to Disney Land and really couldn´t wait to get there.


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