Guayaquil is Ecuador's largest seaport, and also country's biggest city, with population around 3,5 million (metro over 5 million). It is located on Guayas River's western bank. At Gulf of Guayaquil, the river flows into the Pacific Ocean.
In October 2018, the Luxemburg-based Jan De Nul Group (company specializing in dredging and offshore projects) was awarded a 25-year concession contract (until 2043) for deepening and maintenance dredging of Port Guayaquil's access channel (length 95 km / 60 ml). After completion, the project will allow even world's largest boxships to access Guayaquil Port Terminals - among South America's newest and largest cargo handling facilities.
The works include deepening the existing waterway from 9,8 to 12,5 m (33 to 41 ft) as max draught / depth at high tide. The contractor will use three hopper dredgers (trailing suction ships) and one CSD (cutter suction dredger). The project also includes removing the "Los Goles" rock (in channel's offshore section), installing of latest-technology systems (vessel traffic control, toll collection), dredging "Canal Fluvial" (on Rio Guayas).
- Malecon 2000 is a tree-lined waterfront complex, featuring gardens, playgrounds, restaurants, shops, fountains, a museum, photo and art galleries. Nearby are also located the magnificent Club de la Union, Moorish clock tower, Government Palace, the Palacio Municipal.
- The old district of Las Penas is a reminder of the old colonial city with narrow, cobbled streets, brightly painted wooden houses and a 16th-century church.
- In Parque Centenario there is a monument which commemorates the Guayaquil Conference of 1822 between South American statesmen Jose de San Martín and Simón Bolívar.
- The Ecological Reserve of Manglares Churute and Cerro Blanco Forest Reserve are outside the city. Visitors can take canoes into the mangroves there to watch wildlife.
- 19th century Guayaquil is recreated by Parque Historico. From there, travelers can also visit the capital Quito City.
Guayaquil is Guayas province's capital and was founded twice by Spanish conquistadors - in 1535 (by Sebastian de Benalcazar) and in 1537 (by Francisco de Orellana).
Guayaquil cruise terminal
After berthing at the Guayaquil port, cruise ships provide complimentary transportation (via the ship's tender boats) to Malecon 2000. This is a boardwalk (waterfront promenade section / the old Simon Bolívar boardwalk) that overlooks Guayas River.
This popular area is divided into 3 parts:
- The northern section includes grand plazas, fountains, outdoor kids playground areas for aerobics and games, Planetarium, anthropological Museum, Contemporary Art Museum, IMAX movie theater).
- The central section includes the historic Civic Plaza (Moorish Clock Tower, Rotonda Monument), also Guayaquil Yacht Club and Naval Yacht Club.
- The southern section has the Bahía Malecon Shopping Center (shopping, entertainment and dining complex).
Port Guayaquil cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Guayaquil, Ecuador. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|11 January, 2019|
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