Dangers & Annoyances

Guayaquil has its fair share of poverty and urban woes, but nothing to justify paranoia. The main tourist areas of Avenida 9 de Octubre, the Malecón 2000, Las Peñas and the restaurant strip in Urdesa are perfectly safe. It's common to see security guards in flack jackets outside restaurants, and tourist police on the streets, but don't be alarmed, they're always here. The area directly north and south of the Parque del Centenario can feel dodgy at night, but simply use common sense and take the normal precautions for visiting any large city.

Emergency & Important Numbers

Cruz Roja (Red Cross)131

Internet Access

Most hotels and hostels offer free wi-fi. Stand-alone internet cafes often pop up and close around the city. They charge around $1.50 per hour.


El Universo and El Telégrafo are Guayaquil’s two main local papers, which report cultural goings-on about town.


There are major banks and stand-alone ATMs all over downtown, especially around the city's plazas.


Post office For local and international mail.

Tourist Information

Dirección Municipal de Turismo This small office for city and regional tourist info is friendly, but usually Spanish-speaking only.