As Ecuador's biggest and most urbane city, Guayaquil offers across-the-board entertainment, from the latest Hollywood and indy movies, to adrenelin-pumping soccer matches.


Filmgoers in the northern suburbs have their choice of several multiscreen cinemas in large malls. There is also a converted IMAX theater (now featuring more arthouse-type films) on the malecón.


Guayaquileños bleed yellow and black, the colors of their beloved soccer team, Barceloña Sporting Club. On game days much of the city looks like it’s gone into hiding, since those not at the 90,000-seat Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo in the northern suburb of El Paraíso are glued to their TVs at home or in bars. However, the city’s other team, Emelec, whose George Capwell Stadium is in Centenario just south of downtown, has arguably been the better side in recent years. When Barceloña and Emelec meet it’s best to avoid wearing either team’s colors, especially if attending the game in person (tickets from $8), so as not to provoke the ire of partisan fans. For game schedules, check out the team's websites.

There's a free soccer museum along the Malecón, across the street from Casa Pilsener bar. It's in the same building as the Jaramillo museum of music.