It's HOT in Guayaquil!!
Trip Start Dec 30, 2010
84Trip End Jul 06, 2011
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Hotel Sander Guayaquil
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Read my review - 4/5 stars
As ever, Tony Border might be running late for his bus, grabbing a taxi became quite an effort, but luckily one turned up. I make my bus with plenty of time to spare, and from 10am, it became 9 hours of sitting on my butt! On the way, outside Quito, I see some lads juggling at the front of a traffic jam on a dual carriageway, I also spot they had a puppet of Dracula?? Two hours outside of Quito, we arrive at some mountains that we have to go around, and around and around. Hmm, I'm feeling sick. Was it something I ate last night? I look behind me, great, no toilet!! Ok concentrate! The more turns we make, the worse it gets! While this is happening, we pass waterfall, after waterfall, I must have counted about 15 in total, yet I dare move to get my camera out. I guess this plastic bag holding my crisps/chips could do?? Luckily, I fell asleep! Phew. I wake up to straight, comfy roads!
I deliberately placed my bag above me with a couple of the straps dangling down so I knew it was still there. Someone, being anal, kept tidying up my bag. I'm thinking it's gone, stand up, check and its there. This happened about 3 times till I gave up and assumed it was still there. Opposite me on the bus was a very buxom young lady. She caught the eye of the toothless co bus driver, and at one point I think he gestured ´would you like a crisp.....at the front of the bus?' She waved him off. Course, he let her off on a non scheduled stop, so 5 minutes later when two lads wanted to get off as well, on a non scheduled stop, he basically told them to get lost. Typical!!
Driving along the Ecuador countryside is something completely different to what you would expect on a Western motorway/highway. There are villages, villages raised off the ground, houses, farms, shops that live right on the road. I guess they benefit from passing trade, but it's not what you would expect. It reminds me of Mexico, people drying out chilli's by the side of busy roads, something one would not get driving along the M1. We have one stop before we hit the hot and noisy Guayaquil. The roads are packed! This used to be the capital, but is a million times different to peaceful Quito. We are dropped of at a different bus stop, not what I was expecting. I try to pick up my next bus ticket, but the taxi driver along with a security guard tells me it's not possible. It's weird, I do not understand a word these two were telling me, but in very way I knew what they were saying.On taxi ride, I'm super disappointed to see a Hooters Bar. Really!? In Ecuador? I guess those Western business people/tourists need their $6 hot dogs served with local booty! Get to Hotel Sander, and room is to my satisfaction. It has a bed, a TV, en suite and AC. Guayaquil feels like New York in July, hot and sticky and nasty to sleep without AC.
So, today I walked 0.1 miles, I guess that involved walking on the bus, walking off it.
Temperature in Guayaquil, 30 degrees C, 86 degrees F
Day 5 Jan 8th - Guayaquil - I wake up to Arsenal - Leeds in the FA Cup, then head out to get my bus ticket for Tumbes. Everything goes without any hitches and I'm back in my hotel getting ready for the day. Guayquil is super hot and sticky, it is manic and fierce. Today is 30 degree C. I head out to 9 October street.
This is downtown Guayaquil. It's chaotic! People are streaming around everywhere. I'm yet to be propositioned, but I'm fully alert to my surroundings! For this trip, my rule is no IPOD during the day. I'm just an easy target (I clearly stand out), plus listening to some tunes while chilling in the evening is something to look forward to. Also, I won't buy food or drink from any chains, ie McDonalds. I don't see the point in travelling thousands of miles to eat crap food, when I can enjoy some local cuisine and support local business people.
I'm heading for Malecon 2000.
The rebuilt promenade. It's supposed to be very safe and even safer at night. I notice police officers and security guards everywhere. I guess that is a good thing, but it makes you wonder why so many? The Promenade is exquisite.
Looking south, I see Guayaquil for all its worth. The view is worthwhile, it doesn't have the same impact as Quito (from various angles) but it still makes you appreciate how vast this city is.
I'm pleasantly cooled now, I head back down the stairs and check out a couple of bars for a quick drinky in the evening, I also walk past more ice cream shops.......shall I?
I walk back along the promenade to the local market, the Bahia street market.
After a quick nap, I spot the Seahawks and Saints are on the box on Wild Card Saturday. I watch the first half, then head out for dinner.
I haven't eaten properly in a good 48 hours, so the chicken meal was very welcome. Even came with soup. I hope that stays down. I got to watch the Spanish dubbed Mr and Mrs Smith whilst in the local restaurant. It's just as bad in Spanish! I grab the end of the game to see the Seahawks win, then Spanish TV tells me the Jets v Colts are next. Am I really going to waste an evening watching those two? I head out! The Colts had a bad season and shouldn't be in the play offs, and the Jets, well, they aren't worth staying in for.
I want to see the Malecon 2000 at night and see the lighthouse lit up also. On my way, I'm propositioned for the first time. A lady with a South African accent pleading poverty and needs some cash. At least she was to the point. I tell her I'm unable to help. The Malecon 2000 (Promenade) is more beautiful at night. There seems a lighter atmosphere, everyone is much more relaxed and I'm guessing the cool night is helping. I climb those stairs again, of Las Penas and pick a bar. I grab one beer and enjoy watching a group of 5 young ladies sing some karaoke. I've brought my little schedule book with me, two locations down, countless more to go. I call it a night after one beer and head back to the hotel.
Today I walked 3.33 miles and temp again was 30 degrees C, 86 degrees F
I'm so happy that I included Ecuador in my trip. I planned to exclude it based on political tensions, but after some more research, popped it on the schedule. The people are friendly, they look so happy and the country was a pleasure to visit. I do intend to return one day, to visit the Galapagos Islands. It was excluded on this trip based on price and the fact you're stuck on a cruise ship for a week, at the control and mercy of a tour guide. My intentions for this trip is to be in total control of where I'm going and what I'm doing. Plus, I refuse to step aboard a cruise ship until I turn 50 or if it's completely free of charge.
Next on the trip, Tumbes, Peru.
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