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Money & costs


There are several banks and a few casas de cambio (currency-exchange bureaus) in the new town along Avenida Amazonas between Avenida Patria and Orellana, and there are dozens of banks throughout town. Banks listed here have ATMs and change traveler’s checks.

If you need to change money on a Sunday, head to the Producambios at the airport; the casa de cambio in the international arrival area is open for all flight arrivals.

American Express (256 0488; Av Amazonas 329, 5th fl; 8:30am-5pm Mon-Fri) Sells Amex traveler’s checks to Amex card-holders only. Also replaces lost or stolen checks.

Banco de Guayaquil (Av Amazonas; 256 4324; Av Amazonas N22-147 at General Veintimilla; Av Cristóbal Colón at Reina Victoria)

Banco del Pacífico (new town; 250 1218; 12 de Octubre & Cordero; 228 8138; cnr Guayaquil & Chile)

Banco del Pichincha (258 4149; Guayaquil at Manabí)

MasterCard (226 2770; Naciones Unidas 8771 at De Los Shyris)

Producambios (airport; 6am-9pm; Mariscal256 3900; Av Amazonas 350; 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri, 9am-2pm Sat)

Visa (245 9303; De Los Shyris 3147)

Western Union (Av de la República; 256 5059; Av de la República 433; Colón; 290 1505; Av Cristóbal Colón 1333) For money transfers; charges $90 for a $1000 transfer from the USA.