|Santiago de Guayaquil|
Top left:A night view of lighthouse in Santa Ana Hill, Top upper right:A view of Malecon Simon downtown area, from Santa Ana Hill, Top lower right:Guayaquil Metropolitan Catedral, Middle left:Guayaquil City Office, Middle right:View of October Nine Avenue (Avenida Nueve del Octubre) from Malecon 2000, Bottom left:View of Carmen Hills, Bottom right:Guayas River and Guayaquil National Unity Bridge
|Nickname(s): La Perla del Pacífico
English: The Pearl of the Pacific
|Motto: Por Guayaquil Independiente
English: For Independent Guayaquil
|Settled||July 25, 1547|
|Independence||October 9, 1820|
|• Mayor||Jaime Nebot|
|• Vice-Mayor||Domenica Tabacchi|
|• City||344.5 km2 (133.01 sq mi)|
|• Land||316.42 km2 (122.17 sq mi)|
|• Water||28.08 km2 (10.84 sq mi)|
|• Metro||2,493.86 km2 (962.88 sq mi)|
|Elevation||4 m (13.2 ft)|
|• Density||10,000/km2 (26,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||ECT (UTC-5)|
|Postal code||090101 to 090158|
|Area code(s)||(+593) 4|
Guayaquil (pronounced: [ɡwaʝaˈkil]), officially Santiago de Guayaquil (English: St. James of Guayaquil) (pronounced: [sanˈtjaɣo ðe ɣwaʝaˈkil]), is the largest and the most populous city in Ecuador, with around 2.69 million people in the metropolitan area, as well as the nation's main port. The city is the capital of the Ecuadorian province of Guayas and the seat of the namesake canton.
Guayaquil is recognized by the government as having been founded on July 25, 1538 with the name Muy Noble y Muy Leal Ciudad de Santiago de Guayaquil (Most Noble and Most Loyal City of St. James of Guayaquil) by Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Orellana. Even before it was founded by the Spanish, it already existed as a native village.
In 1687, Guayaquil was attacked and looted by English and French pirates under the command of George d'Hout (English) and Picard and Groniet (Frenchmen). Of the more than 260 pirates, 35 died and 46 were wounded; 75 defenders of the city died and more than 100 were wounded. The pirates took local women as concubines.
In 1709, the English captains Woodes Rogers, Etienne Courtney, and William Dampier, along with a crew of 110, looted Guayaquil and demanded ransom; however, they suddenly departed without collecting the ransom after an epidemic of yellow fever broke out.
On October 9, 1820, almost without bloodshed, a group of civilians, supported by soldiers from the "Granaderos de Reserva", a battalion quartered in Guayaquil, overwhelmed the resistance of the Royalist guards and arrested the Spanish authorities. Guayaquil declared independence from Spain, becoming Provincia Libre de Guayaquil, and José Joaquín de Olmedo was named Jefe Civil (Civilian Chief) of Guayaquil. This would prove to be a key victory for the Ecuadorian War of Independence.
In 1829, the city was invaded by the Peruvian Army, which occupied it for seven months.
In 1860, the city was the site of the Battle of Guayaquil, the last of a series of military conflicts between the forces of the Provisional Government, led by Gabriel García Moreno and General Juan José Flores, and the forces of the Supreme Chief of Guayas, General Guillermo Franco, whose government was recognized as possessing sovereignty over the Ecuadorian territory by Peruvian president Ramón Castilla.
Large portions of the city were destroyed by a major fire in 1896.
On July 8, 1898, the Guayaquil City Hall "Muy Ilustre Municipalidad de Guayaquil" officially recognized the anthem written by José Joaquín de Olmedo in 1821, with the music composed by Ana Villamil Ycaza in 1895, as the "Himno al 9 de Octubre" Canción al Nueve de Octubre, most widely known now as the "Himno a Guayaquil" (Guayaquil Anthem).
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Guayaquileños' main sources of income are: formal and informal trade, business, agriculture and aquaculture. Most commerce consists of small and medium businesses, adding an important informal economy occupation that gives thousands of guayaquileños employment.
The Port of Guayaquil is Ecuador's most important commercial port; most international import and export merchandise passes through the Gulf of Guayaquil. As the largest city in the country, most industries are located either in the city or its peripheral areas.
Ongoing projects seek urban regeneration as a principal objective of the growth of the city's commercial districts, as the increase of capital produces income. These projects in the city driven by the recent mayors have achieved this goal after investing large sums of money. The current municipal administration aims to convert Guayaquil into a place for first-class international tourism and multinational businesses.
Guayaquil's current mayor is Jaime Nebot. He began a campaign of construction projects for the city in the early 2000s to attract tourism, that included the "urban regeneration" plan which reconstructed the city's main tourist streets' sidewalks and upgraded the city's chaotic transit system with multiple infrastructure projects (speedways, overhead passages, tunnels, etc.).
In August 2006, the city's first rapid transit bus system, Metrovia, opened to provide a quicker, high-capacity service. One of the main projects was called Malecón 2000 [maleˈkon doz ˈmil], the renovation of the waterfront promenade (malecón) along the Guayas River. Another project was the creation of the Nuevo Parque Histórico, a park in a housing development area that is called Entre Ríos because it lies between the Daule and Babahoyo Rivers (which merge to form the Guayas River), in a mangrove wetland area. The park cost the city about 7 million dollars.
In 2013, the national government led by Rafael Correa built two pedestrian bridges connecting downtown Guayaquil, Santay Island, and the town of Durán, to allow people to make ecotourism trips on a same-day return basis. The two bridges were a big addition to the Guayas River scenery.
Guayaquil is the nation's largest city and the capital of Guayas Province. It is on the Guayas River about 60 kilometres (40 mi) north of the Gulf of Guayaquil, near the Equator.
Guayaquil city sectors
|Guayaquil City Territorial Organization
Number of the sector in reference with the City Map
|1||9 de Octubre Este||25||Febres Cordero||49||Prosperina|
|2||9 de Octubre Oeste||26||Floresta||50||Puerto Azul Norte|
|3||Abel Gilbert||27||La Florida||51||Puerto Azul Sur|
|4||Acuarela||28||García Moreno||52||Puerto Lisa|
|5||Los Álamos||29||Garzota||53||Quinto Guayas Este|
|6||Alborada Este||30||Guangala||54||Quinto Guayas Oeste|
|7||Alborada Oeste||31||Guasmo Este||55||Río Guayas|
|8||Los Almendros||32||Guasmo Oeste||56||Roca|
|10||Atarazana||34||Isla Trinitaria||58||La Saiba|
|12||Bastión Popular||36||Letamendi||60||San Eduardo|
|13||Batallón del Suburbio||37||Luz del Guayas||61||Los Sauces|
|16||Los Ceibos||40||Monte Bello||64||Sucre|
|18||Cerro del Carmen||42||Las Orquídeas Este||66||Unión|
|19||Cóndor||43||Las Orquídeas Oeste||67||Urdenor|
|22||Estero Salado||46||Pedro Carbo||70||Los Vergeles|
|23||Los Esteros||47||Las Peñas||71||Ximena|
|24||La FAE||48||La Pradera||72||Mirador Norte|
|Historical Populations Guayaquil City
Compared with Guayas Province, Canton of Guayaquil, and Guayaquil City
|Census||Guayas Province||Canton of Guayaquil||Guayaquil City|
|Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadisticas y Censos|
|Percentage Population Growth of Guayaquil City
Compared with Guayas Province, Canton of Guayaquil, and Guayaquil City.
|Census||Guayas Province||Canton of Guayaquil||Guayaquil City|
|Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadisticas y Censos|
Guayaquil features a tropical savanna climate (Köppen: Aw). Between January and April, the climate is hot and humid with heavy rainfall, especially during El Niño years when it increases dramatically and flooding usually occurs. The rest of the year (from May through December), however, rainfall is minimal due to the cooling influence of the Humboldt Current, with usually cloudy mornings and afternoons, and evening breezes. Guayaquil, along with most of the coastal region, was impacted by the April 16, 2016 earthquake of 7.8 magnitude. A bridge that was above a major artery, Avenida de las Americas, collapsed in the early evening of April 16, killing two people.
|Climate data for Guayaquil|
|Record high °C (°F)||37.2
|Average high °C (°F)||31.2
|Daily mean °C (°F)||27.1
|Average low °C (°F)||23.0
|Record low °C (°F)||20.0
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||200.7
|Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm)||12||14||15||10||4||1||0||0||0||1||0||2||59|
|Source #1: World Meteorological Organization|
|Source #2: NOAA|
Typical Guayaquil cuisine includes mostly seafood dishes such as encebollado and ceviche. The most traditional dish of Guayaquil is Arroz con Menestra y Carne Asada (rice with lentils and grilled beef). Churrasco is also a staple food of Guayaquil.
During breakfast, Patacones and Bolon de Verde (fried plantain with cheese mashed and given a rounded shape) play a big role. Pan de yuca is a typical snack in Guayaquil. Local cuisine is heavily influenced by the diversity of Guayaquil's ethnic groups which includes Italian, Spanish and West African origins.
Ecuador is known for its artists and its place in art history. Many of them were born in Guayaquil, such as:
- Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco (1908, Guayaquil – d. 1993, Quito)
- Araceli Gilbert (b. 1913, Guayaquil – d. 1993, Quito)
- Demetrio Aguilera Malta (b. 1909, Guayaquil – d. 1981, Mexico)
- Enrique Gil Gilbert (1912, Guayaquil – d. 1973, Guayaquil)
- Enrique Tábara (b. 1930, Guayaquil)
- Eugenia Viteri (b. 1928, Guayaquil)
- Félix Arauz (b. 1935, Guayaquil)
- Joaquín Gallegos Lara (b. 1909, Guayaquil – d. 1947, Guayaquil)
- Jorge Velarde (b. 1960, Guayaquil)
- José de la Cuadra (1903, Guayaquil – d. 1941, Guayaquil)
- José Martínez Queirolo (b. 1931, Guayaquil – d. 2008, Guayaquil)
- Juan Villafuerte (b. 1945, Guayaquil – d. 1977, Barcelona, Spain)
- Julio Jaramillo (b. 1935, Guayaquil – d. 1978, Guayaquil)*
- Luis Burgos Flor (b. 1939, Guayaquil)
- Luis Miranda (b. 1932, Guayaquil)
- Luis Molinari (b. 1929, Guayaquil)
- Numa Pompilio Llona (b. 1832, Guayaquil – d. 1907, Guayaquil)
- Theo Constanté (b. 1934, Guayaquil)
- Víctor Manuel Rendón (b. 1859, Guayaquil – d. 1940, Guayaquil)
- Cesar Paris Yarleque Naranjo (b. 1967, Guayaquil)
- Xavier Blum Pinto (b. 1957, Guayaquil)
- Luis Alfredo Contreras (b. 1986, Guayaquil)
Other notable people from Guayaquil include:
- Fernanda Cornejo, Miss Ecuador International 2011, Miss International 2011
- Olga Álava, Miss Ecuador Earth 2011, Miss Earth 2011
- Sir Frederick Ashton, British choreographer and dancer
- Novelist Demetrio Aguilera Malta
- Animator Mike Judge
- Poets José Joaquín de Olmedo, Karina Galvez and Adalberto Ortiz
- Writer/historian Jenny Estrada
- color commentator for the WWE Spanish team and former professional wrestler Hugo Savinovich
- Scholar Benjamín Urrutia
- Former world's oldest person María Capovilla
- Archeologist Presley Norton Yoder
- Violinist Alex Jimbo Viteri
- Violinist Jorge Saade
- Writer Pedro Jorge Vera
- Writer Jorge Queirolo B.
- Actor Albert Paulsen
- Operatic soprano Beatriz Parra Durango
- rapper Gerardo Mejía, made famous during the early 90s for his song "Rico Suave"
- Tennis player Pancho Segura who in 1950 and 1952 was the world's Co-No. 1 player
- Tennis player Andrés Gómez, who won the ATP Championship of Roland Garros in Paris, France in 1990
- Swimmer Jorge Delgado 4th in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, multiple times South American champion (19), Gold Medal 1975 Panamerican champion.
- Striker Felipe Caicedo, who is currently playing for RCD Espanyol.
- Striker Joao Plata, who is currently playing for Real Salt Lake.
- Carolina Aguirre, Miss Universe 2012 Candidate
- Prima ballerina and choreographer Noralma Vera Arrata
- Writer and feminist Rosa Borja de Ycaza
Biblioteca Municipal de Guayaquil (Municipal Library of Guayaquil) serves as the public library of Guayaquil. The city has several universities, including the University of Guayaquil (founded in 1867), the Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Guayaquil and the Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral (ESPOL)
The oldest and largest religion in Guayaquil is the Roman Catholic Church. However, in the late 20th century and early 21st century, the fastest growing religion has been the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which now has a Temple in Guayaquil, plus many stakes, wards and branches.There are also a number of Evangelical and Pentecostal churches.
There are two major soccer clubs; the Barcelona Sporting Club and the Club Sport Emelec. Both clubs have their own stadiums; the Estadio Monumental Banco Pichincha is the home of the "Barcelonistas" while the Estadio George Capwell is the home of the "Emelecistas". These two teams have a long history of rivalry in Guayaquil and when these two teams play against each other the game is called "El Clásico del Astillero". (Emelec is short for "Empresa Electrica del Ecuador" – the team was sponsored by the electric power company when founded.)
The city is the birthplace of Francisco Segura Cano and Andrés Gómez and Nicolás Lapentti, Ecuador's two most famous tennis players, now both retired. The "Abierto de Tenis Ciudad de Guayaquil" is a tennis tournament organised in Guayaquil by Gómez and Luis Morejon, and held annually in November.
Another major event in the city is the Guayaquil Marathon, organised by DM3, which is held every year on the first weekend of October since 2005. These race is certified by the (AIMS) Association of International Marathons and Distance Races.
Some of Guayaquil's main universities are:
- Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral
- Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo
- University of Guayaquil
- Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil
- Universidad Laica Vicente Rocafuerte
- Universidad Casa Grande
- Universidad Santa Maria
- Blue Hill College
- Universidad Del Pacífico – Ecuador
- Institute of Graphics Arts and Digital Science
- Universidad Politécnica Salesiana
The Palacio Municipal is located in front of the Malecón and holds the political offices of city and provincial officials. Built in a neoclassical style, it is considered one of the most important architectural works in the country.
Las Peñas is a neighbourhood in the northeast corner of the city centre; is the artistic centre of the city. Many of the area's 400-year-old houses have been converted into art galleries and several notable artists have studios in the area.
The Mercado Artesanal is the largest artisan market in the city. The market is housed in a 240-shop building that takes up the entire block of Baquerizo Avenue, between Loja and Juan Montalvo streets. Its many vendors sell indigenous crafts, jewellery, and paintings.
Parque Centenario is located on Av. 9 de Octubre, between Lorenzo de Garaycoa and Pedro Moncayo. This is the largest park in the town centre, occupying four city blocks. It offers shady refuge from the equatorial sun, with large trees arching over the walkways and lawns. A large Statue of Liberty dominates the central area of the park.
Parque Seminario (also known as Parque de Las Iguanas or Iguana Park) located on 10 de Agosto Avenue and Chile Avenue, is home to many iguanas (Iguana iguana), some of which approach 5 feet in length. Tourists and locals alike often feed the iguanas mango slices from park vendors. There is also a pond filled with colourful Japanese Tilapia. An equestrian statue of Simón Bolívar is located in the centre of the park.
Urdesa is a traditional neighborhood, for restaurants, stores.
Bahia is a popular marketplace for toys, clothing, electronic goods, DVDs, and CDs.
Guayaquil Municipal Museum local museum
Among its major trading points are the Seaport, the largest in Ecuador and one of the biggest influx of shipping on the shores of the Pacific and José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport.
The city's new airport, José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (IATA airport code: GYE), though using the same runways, had its passenger terminal completely rebuilt in 2006 and was renamed. The old passenger terminal, Simon Bolivar, is now a convention centre.
The main mass public transportation in Guayaquil is the Metrovia which is relatively new yet the most used way of public transportation. There are local buses as well with defined routes. Buses are a good cheaper alternative to taxis.
- Santiago, Chile
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Houston, Texas, United States (1987)
- Genoa, Italy
- July 25, is a legal holiday in Guayaquil. Historians have not yet reached a consensus about the date of Guayaquil's foundation or founder. The city might have been founded more than once. Another possible founder might be Diego de Almagro.
- Guayaquil y como el mercado siempre aparece: El retorno de los ‘informales’, Diario Expreso
- Proyecto de Regeneración Urbana de Guayaquil, artículo "¿Por qué Guayaquil requería regeneración urbana?" de la M. I. Municipalidad de Guayaquil
- Evolución de la población de la provincia, Cantón Guayaquil, y de la Ciudad de Guayaquil – Guayas, Censo 2001, Según el Instituto Nacional de Estadisticas y Censos
- "World Weather Information Service - Guayaquil". Met Office. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
- "WMO Normals - Guayaquil". NOAA. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
- achnolt. "El orgullo del pais es la musica". YouTube. Retrieved April 17, 2010.
- Canción al Nueve de Octubre
- "Inicio." Biblioteca Municipal de Guayaquil. Retrieved on April 7, 2009.
- University of Guayaquil Web site  retrieved on December 25, 2013.
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