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All about Guayaquil

 View of one of the main streets of Guayaquil

On Ecuador’s southern coast, rises a city so beautiful and magical that it’s been nicknamed the Pearl of the Pacific. Guayaquil, the largest and most populous city in the South American country, will surprise you with its climate, its cultural and human wealth, and for being an innovative city. But as if that weren’t enough, the hospitality of its people and the flavors of its cooking will enchant you to the point that you’ll want to keep coming back to this heaven on earth.

Must Know

World Cacao Capital

Do you like chocolate? Then you’re going to be very happy in Guayaquil, because there is a route that takes you to different places where you can learn more and sample the best of this delicacy.

Between river and sea

The Pearl of the Pacific is set at a privileged location, allowing you to go with the flow on the Guayas River, or spend a day on the beach. Options for all tastes.

A trip of faith

Easter week in Guayaquil is lived with passion. Besides the route of faith (la ruta de la fe), where you’ll tour iconic churches, you can take part in emotional celebrations.

Tourist trips

There are tours that take you around the city in different ways: in tour buses, outboards, boats, and even pirate ships. A creative way to get to know the city.

What to do in Guayaquil?

Unwind on Varadero Beach

If you want a tranquil beach where you can disconnect from your daily routine and concentrate on relaxation, this is the place to go. Located just under 45 minutes from the city, this beach of more than 1.5 miles is a perfect stop for lovers of sun, sea and tranquility; but beyond these pleasures, here you’ll find a smattering of local stalls offering the best typical seafood cuisine to delight you. 

Discover Las Peñas

This neighborhood, situated at the end of the malecón Simón Bolívar (Simón Bolívar boardwalk), concentrates much of the cultural life of the Pearl of the Pacific. A walk through its historic streets will allow you to appreciate mansions built at the beginning of the 20th century; there you can also enjoy art exhibitions in the different studios, museums and galleries, along with good cooking in area restaurants, and spaces dedicated to Barcelona Sporting Club and the Club Sport Emelec Museum, the city’s soccer teams. Likewise, this neighborhood concentrates much of the bohemian life: here you can enjoy a night out at the bars, with music and good food.

 Las Peñas neighborhood in Guayaquil

Walk the Malecón Simón Bolívar

The tourist destination par excellence in Guayaquil. This boardwalk, which extends over 1.5 miles along the shores of the Guayas River, is a mandatory stop for the number of attractions you’ll find here. You can, for example, visit the Crystal Palace or the Monument to Bolívar and San Martín, eat in the area restaurants, stop at a cinema, visit the museums, or ride the La Perla Ferris Wheel, the biggest in South America, from which you’ll have a privileged view of the city.

Live the nightlife in the Zona Rosa

Close to the waterfront, you will find the area with the best parties of Guayaquil. Through these streets, you will find bars and clubs with all kinds of music to move your body and enjoy a fun night. In this zone, you will find "El Colonial", the first bar of the city, and much others with offers for all tastes. If you're hungry after partying, don't worry. You can also find places with great food around here.

A Dish

Encebollado

Original from Guayaquil, this signature dish of the Ecuadorian cuisine is a must in your list. This is the place where you definitely have to try it. This tuna and yucca-based recipe is most often eaten in the morning, but you can have one at any time, and find out why guayaquileños consider it one of the unofficial symbols of the city. This flavorful and apparently simple soup hides an enormous richness of flavors and tradition; each spoonful is one step closer to the heart of the Pearl of the Pacific.

A Place

Las huecas (holes-in-the-wall)

More than any area or place, in Guayaquil you have to take the opportunity to eat in the typical small businesses where, according to locals, the secret of the guayaquileño flavor is guarded: Las huecas. All throughout the city, you’ll find huecas that serve the best encebollado, seafood casserole, roast pig, or the city’s most incredible bread. Near where you’re staying, there will definitely be a hueca; it’s just a matter of asking someone, and they will certainly take you to discover a treasure.

A Cook

Diego Hermosa

This chef has taken seriously the task of putting the importance of Ecuadorian cuisine on the local and international map, and he has done a real good job. Besides offering the best of the country’s flavors in the restaurant he runs, Diego is the director of the Ecuadorian Culinary Cup, which chooses the country’s representative to Madrid Fusión event. Diego’s menu,  offers you a broad of purely Ecuadorian flavors, executed with grand mastery.

A Recipe

Humitas

This little wrapped cake is one of the most beloved delicacies among guayaquileños, and so you can bring this flavor home with you, here is the recipe:

    Ingredients:

  • 6 cups tender ground cob
  • 2 ounces of lard
  • ¼ pound of grated cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 ounces of butter
  • Leaves of corn and salt to taste

    Directions:

  1. Whisk the egg whites to a soft peak 
  2. Mix the corn with the lard, butter, cheese, baking powder, sugar, yolks and salt. 
  3. When the dough is ready, add the beaten egg whites while continuing to mix.
  4. Wrap a portion of the dough in the corn husk. 
  5. In a large pot, add water and a bed of corn cobs and husks to create a steamer. The water shouldn’t cover the cobs. 
  6. Set the wrapped humitas in the pot and cook over low heat until the water boils. Cook over low heat for 45 minutes. 
  7. Enjoy!

An Event

International Roots Food Fair

Take a trip through all of the flavors of Ecuador without leaving Guayaquil. If you visit the Pearl of the Pacific in July, you can enjoy this fair, which, includes not only internationally and nationally recognized chefs, but also offers the opportunity to get closer to the most popular and traditional tastes in the country. You’ll have the best huecas and chefs of Guayaquil all in one place, an unbeatable opportunity to try the best of Ecuadorian cuisine.

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Airport

José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport

Language

Spanish

Currency

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Average temperature

25.7ºC