Guayaquil (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡwaʝaˈkil] (listen); Quechua: Wayakil), officially Santiago de Guayaquil, is the largest city in Ecuador. It is also the nation's main port. The city is the capital of Guayas Province and the seat of Guayaquil Canton.
Santiago de Guayaquil
|Saint James of Guayaquil|
Top left: A night view of lighthouse in Santa Ana Hill, Top upper right: A view of Malecon Simon Bolivar, downtown area, from Santa Ana Hill, Top lower right: Guayaquil Metropolitan Cathedral, Middle left: Guayaquil City Office, Middle right: View of Avenida Nueve de Octubre from Malecon 2000, Bottom left: View of El Carmen Hills, Bottom right: Guayas River and Guayaquil National Unity Bridge (Puente Unidad Nacional)
Coat of arms
La Perla del Pacífico
English: The Pearl of the Pacific
Por Guayaquil Independiente
English: For Independent Guayaquil
|Coordinates: 2°11′S 79°53′W|
|Spanish foundation||25 July 1535|
|Independence||9 October 1820|
|Founded by||Francisco de Orellana|
|Named for||Guayas and Quil|
|Urban parishes||16 urban parishes|
|• Type||Mayor and council|
|• Governing body||Municipality of Guayaquil|
|• Mayor||Cynthia Viteri|
|• Vice-Mayor||Josué Sánchez|
|• City||344.5 km2 (133.01 sq mi)|
|• Land||316.42 km2 (122.17 sq mi)|
|• Water||28.08 km2 (10.84 sq mi)|
|• Metro||2,493.86 km2 (962.88 sq mi)|
|Elevation||4 m (13.2 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (ECT)|
|Website||Municipality of Guayaquil|
The city is located on the west bank of the Guayas River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of Guayaquil.
Guayaquil was founded on July 25, 1538 in the location of a native village with the name Muy Noble y Muy Leal Ciudad de Santiago de Guayaquil (Most Noble and Most Loyal City of Santiago of Guayaquil) by Spanish conqueror Francisco de Orellana.
In 1687, Guayaquil was attacked and looted by English and French pirates under the command of George d'Hout (English) and Picard and Groniet (French). Of more than 260 pirates, 35 were killed and 46 were wounded; 75 defenders of the city died and more than 100 were wounded.
In 1709, the English captains Woodes Rogers, Etienne Courtney, and William Dampier, along with a crew of 110, looted Guayaquil and demanded ransom; however, they departed suddenly and without collecting the ransom after an epidemic of yellow fever broke out.
In colonial times Guayaquil was the chief Spanish shipyard in the Pacific, although some navigators considered that Valdivia (now in Chile) had better conditions. Guayaquil was a stop over point in the Asian-Latin American commerce conducted by Philippines based Manila Galleons which had links to Acapulco in Mexico and terminated with a node in Callao, Peru.
On October 9, 1820, almost without bloodshed, a group of civilians, supported by soldiers from the "Granaderos de Reserva" battalion quartered in Guayaquil, overwhelmed the resistance of the Royalist guards and arrested the Spanish authorities. Guayaquil declared independence from Spain, becoming Provincia Libre de Guayaquil, and José Joaquín de Olmedo was named Jefe Civil (Civilian Chief) of Guayaquil.
In 1829, the city was invaded by the Peruvian Army, which occupied it for seven months.
In 1860, the city was the site of the Battle of Guayaquil, the last of a series of military conflicts between the forces of the Provisional Government, led by Gabriel García Moreno and General Juan José Flores, and the forces of the Supreme Chief of Guayas, General Guillermo Franco, whose government was recognized as possessing sovereignty over the Ecuadorian territory by Peruvian president Ramón Castilla. Moreno's forces were victorious, countering Peruvian influence over Ecuador.
On July 8, 1898, the Guayaquil City Hall "Muy Ilustre Municipalidad de Guayaquil" officially recognized the anthem written by José Joaquín de Olmedo in 1821, with the music composed by Ana Villamil Ycaza in 1895, as the "Himno al 9 de Octubre" Canción al Nueve de Octubre, most widely known now as the "Himno a Guayaquil" (Guayaquil Anthem).
In 1922, workers in the city went on a general strike lasting three days, ending after at least 300 people were killed by military and police.
In 2020, the city was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Its medical and mortuary services were overwhelmed to the point where bodies lay in the streets. Almost 6,000 more deaths were recorded in the first two weeks of April than the average for the same period in other years.
Guayaquileños' main sources of income are formal and informal trade, business, agriculture and aquaculture. Most commerce consists of small and medium businesses, adding an important informal economy occupation that gives thousands of guayaquileños employment.
The Port of Guayaquil is Ecuador's most important commercial port; most international import and export merchandise passes through the Gulf of Guayaquil. As the largest city in the country, most industries are located either in the city or its peripheral areas.
Ongoing projects seek urban regeneration as a principal objective of the growth of the city's commercial districts, as the increase of capital produces income. These projects in the city driven by the recent mayors have achieved this goal after investing large sums of money. The current municipal administration aims to convert Guayaquil into a place for first-class international tourism and multinational businesses.
As of 2020 Guayaquil's mayor was Cynthia Viteri, the second elected female mayor in the city's history, the first being Elsa Bucaram in 1988. Previous mayor Jaime Nebot supported her. He began a campaign of construction projects for the city in the early 2000s to attract tourism, that included the "urban regeneration" plan which reconstructed the city's main tourist streets' sidewalks and upgraded the city's chaotic transit system with multiple infrastructure projects (speedways, bridges, overhead passages, tunnels, etc.).
In August 2006, the city's first rapid transit bus system, Metrovia, opened to provide a quicker, high-capacity service. One of the main projects was called Malecón 2000 [maleˈkon doz ˈmil], the renovation of the waterfront promenade (malecón) along the Guayas River. Another project was the creation of the Nuevo Parque Histórico, a park in a housing development area that is called Entre Ríos because it lies between the Daule and Babahoyo Rivers (which merge to form the Guayas River), in a mangrove wetland area. The park cost the city about US$7 million.
In 2013, the national government led by Rafael Correa built two pedestrian bridges connecting downtown Guayaquil, Santay Island, and the town of Durán, to allow people to make ecotourism trips and return the same day.
Guayaquil is the nation's largest city and the capital of Guayas Province. It is on the Guayas River about 60 kilometres (40 mi) north of the Gulf of Guayaquil, near the Equator.
Guayaquil is constantly facing tsunami and major earthquake threats due to its soil stratigraphy and location near the Gulf of Guayaquil and the south of the North-Andean subduction zone. The city can be easily damaged by earthquakes as its weak and compressible soil is composed of deep soft sediments over hard rocks and deposits in a brackish environment. Also, the city itself is strongly affected by the subduction of the active Ecuadorian margin, an intraplate region where active faults locate; and the Guayaquil-Babahoyo strike-slip fault system, formed as the North Andean Block drifts northward. The tsunami threat is caused by the nearby Gulf of Guayaquil which also is one of the major locations on the Earth where earthquakes tend to happen all the time. It has complex tectonic features such as the Posorja and the Jambeli –two major east–west trending detachment systems; the Puna-Santa Clara northeast-southwest trending fault system; and the Domito north-south trending fault system; that have developed since the Pleistocene times. Tsunami threats are only predicted for coastal farming zones, not the main populated areas.
Guayaquil city sectors
|Guayaquil City Territorial Organization|
Number of the sector in reference with the City Map
|1||9 de Octubre Este||25||Febres Cordero||49||Prosperina|
|2||9 de Octubre Oeste||26||Floresta||50||Puerto Azul Norte|
|3||Abel Gilbert||27||La Florida||51||Puerto Azul Sur|
|4||Acuarela||28||García Moreno||52||Puerto Lisa|
|5||Los Álamos||29||Garzota||53||Quinto Guayas Este|
|6||Alborada Este||30||Guangala||54||Quinto Guayas Oeste|
|7||Alborada Oeste||31||Guasmo Este||55||Río Guayas|
|8||Los Almendros||32||Guasmo Oeste||56||Roca|
|10||Atarazana||34||Isla Trinitaria||58||La Saiba|
|12||Bastión Popular||36||Letamendi||60||San Eduardo|
|13||Batallón del Suburbio||37||Luz del Guayas||61||Los Sauces|
|16||Los Ceibos||40||Monte Bello||64||Sucre|
|18||Cerro del Carmen||42||Las Orquídeas Este||66||Unión|
|19||Cóndor||43||Las Orquídeas Oeste||67||Urdenor|
|22||Estero Salado||46||Pedro Carbo||70||Los Vergeles|
|23||Los Esteros||47||Las Peñas||71||Ximena|
|24||La FAE||48||La Pradera||72||Mirador Norte|
Here you can find the list of Neighborhoods and Parishes of Guayaquil
|Historical Populations Guayaquil City|
Compared with Guayas Province, Canton of Guayaquil, and Guayaquil City
|Census||Guayas Province||Canton of Guayaquil||Guayaquil City|
|Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadisticas y Censos|
|Percentage Population Growth of Guayaquil City|
Compared with Guayas Province, Canton of Guayaquil, and Guayaquil City.
|Census||Guayas Province||Canton of Guayaquil||Guayaquil City|
|Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadisticas y Censos|
Guayaquil features a tropical savanna climate (Köppen: Aw). Between January and April, the climate is hot and humid with heavy rainfall, especially during El Niño years when it increases dramatically and flooding usually occurs. The rest of the year (from May through December), however, rainfall is minimal due to the cooling influence of the Humboldt Current, with usually cloudy mornings and afternoons, and evening breezes. Guayaquil, along with most of the coastal region, was impacted by the April 16, 2016 earthquake of 7.8 magnitude. A bridge that was above a major artery, Avenida de las Americas, collapsed in the early evening of April 16, killing two people.
|Climate data for Guayaquil|
|Record high °C (°F)||37.2
|Average high °C (°F)||31.2
|Daily mean °C (°F)||27.1
|Average low °C (°F)||23.0
|Record low °C (°F)||20.0
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||200.7
|Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm)||12||14||15||10||4||1||0||0||0||1||0||2||59|
|Source 1: World Meteorological Organization|
|Source 2: NOAA|
Typical Guayaquil cuisine includes mostly seafood dishes such as encebollado, ceviche, cazuela, and encocado (shrimp or tuna with a coconut sauce and rice).
During breakfast, patacones and bolon (fried plantain with cheese mashed and given a rounded shape) play a big role. Pan de yuca is a typical snack in Guayaquil.
Some other typical dishes of Guayaquil are the ball soup (based on peanuts and green plantains creating a green plantain ball filled with meat and other ingredients). El bollo is another typical dish of this city that also the main ingredient is the green plantain and seafood. Just to mention others are the biche, sango de mariscos, Arroz con pezcado frito (rice with fried fish), Arroz con menestra y carne asada (rice with stew and roast meat), Ayaca, Guatita, Caldo de mondongo, Humitas, Maduro lampriado, Maduro con queso, Tripita, and many more. The gastronomy of Guayaquil has put Ecuador as one of the countries, if not the first country with the best recognition in food worldwide.
Arts and literature
Ecuador is known for its artists and writers and for its place in art history. Many of them were born in Guayaquil, such as:
- Félix Arauz (b. 1935, Guayaquil)
- Theo Constanté (1934-2014, Guayaquil)
- José de la Cuadra (1903, Guayaquil – d. 1941, Guayaquil)
- Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco (1908, Guayaquil – d. 1993, Quito)
- Araceli Gilbert (b. 1913, Guayaquil – d. 1993, Quito)
- Enrique Gil Gilbert (1912, Guayaquil – d. 1973, Guayaquil)
- Julio Jaramillo (b. 1935, Guayaquil – d. 1978, Guayaquil)*
- Joaquín Gallegos Lara (b. 1909, Guayaquil – d. 1947, Guayaquil)
- Numa Pompilio Llona (b. 1832, Guayaquil – d. 1907, Guayaquil)
- Demetrio Aguilera Malta (b. 1909, Guayaquil – d. 1981, Mexico)
- Luis Miranda (b. 1932, Guayaquil)
- Luis Molinari (b. 1929, Guayaquil)
- Xavier Blum Pinto (b. 1957, Guayaquil)
- José Martínez Queirolo (b. 1931, Guayaquil – d. 2008, Guayaquil)
- Víctor Manuel Rendón (b. 1859, Guayaquil – d. 1940, Guayaquil)
- Enrique Tábara (b. 1930, Guayaquil)
- Jorge Velarde (b. 1960, Guayaquil)
- Juan Villafuerte (b. 1945, Guayaquil – d. 1977, Barcelona, Spain)
- Eugenia Viteri (b. 1928, Guayaquil)
- Cesar Paris Yarleque (b. 1967. Guayaquil)
Other notable people from Guayaquil include:
- Olga Álava, Miss Ecuador Earth 2011, Miss Earth 2011
- Prima ballerina and choreographer Noralma Vera Arrata
- Sir Frederick Ashton, British choreographer and dancer
- Actor and model Danilo Carrera
- Fernanda Cornejo, Fashion model and Miss International 2011
- Operatic soprano Beatriz Parra Durango
- Striker Felipe Caicedo, who is currently playing for Lazio.
- Former world's oldest person María Capovilla
- Swimmer Jorge Delgado, fourth in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, multiple times South American champion (19), Gold Medal 1975 Panamerican champion.
- Operatic soprano Beatriz Parra Durango
- Writer/historian Jenny Estrada
- Jorge Perrone Galarza former mayor from 1986 to 1988
- Poets Karina Galvez and Adalberto Ortiz
- Rapper Gerardo, made famous during the early 1990s for his song "Rico Suave"
- Tennis player Andrés Gómez, who won the ATP Championship of Roland Garros in Paris, France in 1990
- Animator Mike Judge
- 47th President of Ecuador Guillermo Lasso
- Writer and educator Rita Lecumberri
- Novelist Demetrio Aguilera Malta
- Actor and model Roberto Manrique
- United States Representative for Florida's 26th congressional district Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, first immigrant from South America to be a member of the U.S. House.
- Actor Albert Paulsen
- Striker Joao Plata, who is currently playing for Real Salt Lake.
- Violinist Jorge Saade
- color commentator for the WWE Spanish team and former professional wrestler Hugo Savinovich
- Tennis player Pancho Segura who in 1950 and 1952 was the world's Co-No. 1 player
- Scholar Benjamín Urrutia
- Writer Pedro Jorge Vera
- Violinist Alex Jimbo Viteri
- Writer and feminist Rosa Borja de Ycaza
- Archeologist Presley Norton Yoder
Biblioteca Municipal de Guayaquil (Municipal Library of Guayaquil) serves as the public library of Guayaquil. The city has several universities, including the University of Guayaquil (founded in 1867), the Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Guayaquil, the Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral (ESPOL), and the Universidad de Especialidades Espiritu Santo.
The largest religion in Guayaquil is Roman Catholicism.
There are two major association football clubs; the Barcelona Sporting Club and the Club Sport Emelec. Each club has its own stadium; the Estadio Monumental Banco Pichincha is the home of the "Barcelonistas" while the Estadio George Capwell is the home of the "Emelecistas". These two teams have a long history of rivalry in Guayaquil and when these two teams play against each other the game is called "El Clásico del Astillero".
The city is the birthplace of Francisco Segura Cano; and Andrés Gómez and Nicolás Lapentti, Ecuador's two most successful tennis players, now both retired. The "Abierto de Tenis Ciudad de Guayaquil" is a tennis tournament organised in Guayaquil by Gómez and Luis Morejon, and held annually in November.
Another major event in the city is the Guayaquil Marathon, which has been held every year on the first weekend of October since 2005. These race is certified by the (AIMS) Association of International Marathons and Distance Races.
The sports & Ecological Park called Parque Samanes de Guayaquil is a park with courts for soccer, tennis, volleyball, and basketball, two lakes, a soccer stadium and an amphi theatre for open air concerts and events. It is connected to a forest reserve with trails for cycling and walking, as well as installations for Climbing and zip-lining.
Some of Guayaquil's main universities are:
- Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral
- Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo
- University of Guayaquil
- Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil
- Universidad Laica Vicente Rocafuerte
- Universidad Casa Grande
- Universidad Tecnológica Ecotec
- Universidad Santa María
- Blue Hill College
- Universidad Del Pacífico – Ecuador
- Institute of Graphics Arts and Digital Science
- Universidad Politécnica Salesiana
The Malecón 2000 is a restoration project of the historic Simón Bolívar Pier. It will be a symbolic centre of the city, a mix of green areas and shopping. The tall ship Guayas has its home base here.
The Palacio Municipal is located in front of the Malecón and holds the political offices of city and provincial officials. Built in a neoclassical style, it is considered one of the most important architectural works in the country.
El Barrio las Peñas is a neighbourhood in the northeast corner of the city centre; is the artistic centre of the city. Many of the area's 400-year-old houses have been converted into art galleries and several notable artists have studios in the area.
The Mercado Artesanal is the largest artisan market in the city. The market is housed in a 240-shop building that takes up an entire block.
Parque Centenario is located on Av. 9 de Octubre, between Lorenzo de Garaycoa and Pedro Moncayo. This is the largest park in the town centre, occupying four city blocks. A large Statue of Liberty dominates the central area of the park.
Parque Seminario (also known as Parque de Las Iguanas or Iguana Park) is home to many iguanas (Iguana iguana), some of which approach 5 feet (1.5 m) in length. Tourists and locals alike often feed the iguanas mango slices from park vendors. An equestrian statue of Simón Bolívar is located in the centre of the park.
Urdesa is a traditional neighborhood for stores and restaurants in Guayaquil .
There are a number of forest reserves in and around the city, among them Cerro Blanco Forest, nearby Parque Lago with a big lake where kayaking is practised, Cerro Colorado with the botanical garden, the forest reserve of Samanes, Cerro Paraíso with a viewpoint, the small park Palo Santo in the city, and at the outskirts Papagayo, Prosperina, and Bosqueira. Close to the city there are Isla Santay and the Parque Histórico in Samborondón with a zoo.
Guayaquil Municipal Museum
Montañita (also known as "Little Amsterdam") is a small surfer town located in Santa Elena Península. Known for its nightlife, Montañita attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world (mainly Western Europe) with its incessant partying, affordable food and drinks, and its key location by the beach.
Guayaquil is located along national Highway 40 and is near Highway 25.
Among Guayaquil's major trading points are the seaport, the largest in Ecuador and one of the biggest handlers of shipping on the shores of the Pacific; and José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport.
José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport, though using the same runways, had its passenger terminal completely rebuilt in 2006 and was renamed. The old passenger terminal is now a convention centre.
- Casa del Hombre Doliente – care facility for those suffering a terminal illness
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