Michelle and Charlie's Around the World Trip 2004-2005 travel blog

Charlie plays with Guayaquil´s version of squirrels in Parque San Francisco

on the river front

Michelle with the Galasam turtle-man

My first and lasting impression from Guayaquil is that it is a very hot and humid city. That being said, we enjoyed our short time here.

Our main objective in Guayaquil was to see if we could organize a last minute trip to the Galapagos. Our guide book said that it is also possible to organize the trip when you get to the islands, but we figured we might as well see what the agents in Guayaquil had to offer. After visiting a few places we ended up deciding to book an 8 day tour that left two days later. The timing and the price were ok, although the picture of the boat they showed us was less than impressive...

After booking the tour we had some time to walk around the city. My favorite thing there was a park where huge iguanas roamed around like pigeons in Europe or squirrels in the U.S. The city also had a nice waterfront on a huge, muddy looking river. This river was at least 4 times wider than the Charlie River in Boston, but it must be small compared to other rivers in the region because it barely shows up on a map of the country.

That night we stayed in a room in a hostel. It was part of the deal with the agent we got the tour with -- it included the free night in a hostel and a reduced airfare (turned out to be $5 less per person). Anyway, the free room was basically that - a room with a bed in what appeared to be someone's house and no one in the house spoke English. It also didn't have air conditioning and like I said, it was very hot and humid there. Luckily, there was a mall with a movie theater within a short walk of the house so we went there and finally got to see Farenheit 9-11. I found it very depressing, as I knew I would. The next day we went to the airport for our flight to Isla St. Cristobal.

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