Stopping over in Guayaquil was not on our hit list of things to do, the place has some pretty bad press and is supposed to be really quite dodgy, we are here for one reason, to sort out our Galapagos trip and to sort out our ongoing problem with the TAME Airline.
What a great surprise this place is turning out to be, ok so we are stuck out in the more dodgy suburbs where even the bakery has an iron grill where your bread and rolls are passed out to you and the lack of a decent eatery nearby is a pain but overall the place is so much nicer than we were expecting.
The waterfront at Guayaquil is really impressive, apparently 10 years ago it was a dump but with a bit of money and a lot of effort this has been transformed into something really special.
Along the waterfront is the botanical garden, again a superb achievement.
The garden has also proved popular with some of the local wildlife.
At the Northern end of the waterfront stands the small hill of Cerro Santa Ana ( just 444 steps not including the extra 50 or so to the top of the lighthouse) . Once again great effort has been made to tidy this area up and the small winding streets of Las Penas are another success.
Santa Ana backstreets.
The view over the new waterfront from Cerro Santa Ana is also impressive as it shows the scale of the work that has been done here.
View over Guayaquil waterfront from Cerro Santa Ana.
Tomorrow we are off to the Galapagos so this is a blog we were not expecting to create. I think Guayaquil is well worth a few days of anyones time.