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.