New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest events in Ecuador. Along with typical celebrations, papier-mâché effigies are burned at midnight throughout the nation to destroy bad omens going into the new year. Sports fans will be in their element in Guayaquil; the city is home to two champion soccer teams, worthy of their own Malecón museum. There's only two places to be when beloved Barcelona or Emelec are playing – in the bar or in the stands.