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Nelson was our Bird Guide for a 12 day tour, west and east side of the Andies, booked by Dana Lodge. As Nelson has returned to live in Mindo ... MoreReview for Nelson Apolo Jaramillo, Tour guide in Guayaquil, Ecuador
An amazing 2 weeks holliday around The Galapagos and Ecuador , fantastic Tours and guides with lots of interesting history and background to the ... MoreReview for Guidecuador Jacome, Tour guide in Guayaquil, Ecuador
Fernando Was great from the very beginning. Picking us up at the airport, dropping us off at our hotel and spending the next few days with us ... MoreReview for Fernando Gutierrez, Tour guide in Guayaquil, Ecuador
Like a metropolis nostalgic for a former glory, Guayaquil’s broad streets are lined by chipped buildings raised by colonnades through which heaving Cadillacs past their heyday race in the shade of palm tree after palm tree, hugging the Guayas River and probably passing a red light or two. This is Guayaquil: handsome, wild and pulsing with energy.
After the Spanish conquered Guayaquil in 1534, the peaceful pre-Inca Huancavilca village became plagued by English and French pirate attacks thereafter, and some remnants of that era still scatter the city. Most travel guides to Guayaquil will have trouble leading you to a definitive site of importance - history bleeds into every piece of architecture sprawled throughout the city. From its infancy, Guayaquil has acted as a notorious hotseat of tense political debate and action.
But it would seem that the city’s glory days are now ahead of it, after struggling to recover from years of sanitation problems, lack of public space, crime, poverty and pollution, the government finally took a stand and at the turn of the millennium, began to invest in major urban renewal projects to change the face of Guayaquil. Essentially, it made a comeback.
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