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PAPAGAYO MONUMENT

 

In Guayaquil, anyone who wants to see the city’s emblem parrot just has to go through a busy avenue in the north of the city, Av. Benjamín Carrión, few blocks away from Dreamkapture Hostel. There it is, with a height of 12 meters, the imposing and picturesque monument to the Guayaquil Parrot (Ara ambiguus guayaquilensis), structured with 70,000 pieces of ceramics. This was inaugurated by Mayor Jaime Nebot on November 8, 2006. In addition to attracting tourists, its objective —in the words of the artist who worked it, Juan Marcelo Sánchez— “was also to protect birds”.

 

 

 

 

Malecón Simón Bolívar

 

Malecón is a historical pillar of our town since the city grew from it and it played a pivotal role in the city’s development.

Being this, such an important part of Guayaquilean life, the Malecón 2000 project was created and it is our pleasure to be able to share the colors of our Malecón and within it the colors of the river. Malecón 2000 has become our heart again and we want to share it with all of our guests. You can not come to Guayaquil without visiting it, again or for the first time.

It is divided into sections of the city, which show the variety of our greatness, each Section of the City with a different color and theme.

Olmedo Square

Giving it a tone of sobriety and as a great ending of Olmedo Avenue, which ends in Malecón, we find the José Joaquíin de Olmedo Monument, the city’s first mayor and one of the revolutionaries of October 9th, 1820.

It is on an allegoric base with cylindrical pools. Next to it is the Union Club, a private club that has been part of Guayaquil since 1927.
On the north end there are 13 varied restaurants, with national and international cuisine and an ample food court where you can eat next to the river in a relaxing and refreshing environment.

Children’s playground and exercise areas

This zone was created for the people that live in the area, but it can be enjoyed by anyone. In it, we find entertainment for all, with games for children, exercise areas, rest areas, restaurants, and bars.

The children’s recreation zone has many activities for the smaller ones that visit Malecón 2000 with their parents, like the Wagon Square and rest areas under the trees that have been kept from before remodeling. The games area has toboggans, hanging bridges, hammocks, carousels, slides, and a skating site.

The food area has two buildings; the first one has a fast food court and on the lower floor, restrooms. The second building is Resaca Bar Restaurant. The exercise zone is equipped with aerobic kits and outdoor exercises and people gather from early in the morning to jog inside Malecón 2000.

Malecón Gardens

This part of Malecón is without a doubt the most beautiful and colorful one. Besides the squares and parks that complete its beauty, we can learn about more than 350 native species of plants.

While you enjoy the contrasting view of the trees, plants, and flowers, you can listen to the birds sing in a space privileged with nature. You can also get a cartoon from a sketch artist, or have some coffee next to the lagoon. For animal lovers, you can see fish, ducks, and geese next to the gardens.

Here we have the Donations Pavilion, a monument dedicated to the voluntary donations made to make this project a reality. There are around 48.400 donors both individuals and businesses that you can find by a computerized system that locates the plaque and row number in which the name is located. The pavilion is illuminated to enhance the 32 glass plaques in which the names are carved.

Next to the pavilion is the IMAX theatre Malecón 2000, the first of its kind in South America. A dome with the latest technology in the projection of movies, exclusive of the IMAX Corporation. It has 185 seats for those who are willing to have the IMAX experience. This building will have the Navy and Nautical Museum.

Artisans Market

 

The Crafts Market is located downtown, and it has more than 170 shops, occupying a whole city block.

Inside, you can find local crafts made out of different materials, pottery, leather, jewelry, paintings among others. Besides Ecuadorian cuisine spots. There are all types of prices and the best crafts. It does not matter what you are looking for, chances are it is here.

The owners of the shops are ready to serve you and answer any questions. It is a must-see place for the variety and uniqueness of the product.

Address: Loja and Juan Montalvo

Opens: Monday to Saturday from 09h00 to 19h00 and Sundays from 10h00 to 17h00

Santa Ana Hill

Is located on the northeast side of town, next to the Guayas River and the traditional neighborhood of Las Peñas.

The hill, formerly called Cerrito Verde is the place where the city was born when it was founded at its bottom in 1547. Legend has it than Nino de Lecumberri named the Santa Ana hill as a thank you to his patron when he prayed to her for his life as he was about to die. A cross with the words Santa Ana was placed on top of the mountain, and since then, it has kept the name.

Currently, the hill is a tourist spot. In 310 meters you have restaurants, coffee houses, art galleries, and craft shops. It has squares and parks and green areas for recreation and rest. And of course, a majestic view of Guayaquil.

From the top you can see, to the north, the intersection of the Babahoyo and Daule rivers (that form the Guayas river) to the south, the downtown area and Santay Island and Duran to the east. To the west, there’s Mount Carmen and the rest of the city.

Santa Ana hill is Guayaquil’s historic past, its charming present and promising future. There are 456 stairs of restaurants, people, services, history, and many more. Every step is in a secure environment and will put you right in the mood for the magic of the place.

Santa Ana Port

On the facilities of the old National Brewery, which land was donated by the Guayaquil City Hall, with an extension of approximately 10 acres, there will be built the new tourist attraction for the city and called Puerto Santa Ana (Santa Ana Port).

It´s going to be a magical and harmonic place, where it will be mixing the formal and the informal; it will be a center for entertainment, recreation, and sport. It will also be built here, a recreational complex, civic plaza, convention center, and a thematic museum related to the production of the beer.

Also, it will have some spaces dedicated to a museum of important people like the singer Julio Jaramillo, the radio talker Carlos Armando Romero Rodas, and the teams of the city Barcelona and Emelec.

The project will be located at the end of the street Numa Pompilio Llona, in the traditional Neiborhood Las Peñas on the hills of Carmen and Santa Ana, it complements with a hotel, offices, restaurants, small businesses, and small boardwalks that will turn it, without a doubt, in the new gathering center for the citizens of this city, the country and the whole world.

Barrio Las Peñas

Las Peñas neighborhood is the city’s oldest neighborhood, and now it’s being restored to show it as once was. Currently, it is the center of cultural activities and expositions. Located next to the river it lightens the city from its side. We continue next to highlight its beauties.

Historically, Las Peñas is the most important neighborhood in Guayaquil. Even if its houses are only 100 years old, their characteristics are like those of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Every house has its own history. Illustrious characters of our town have lived here: politicians, musician Antonio Neumane, presidents Francisco Robles, José Luis Tamayo, Carlos Julio Arosemena Tola, Alfredo Baquerizo Moreno, Eloy Alfaro, writer Enrique Gil Gilbert, historian Rafael Pino Roca, painter Manuel Rendón Seminario, Alfredo Espinosa Tamayo, Juan Montalvo, educator Rita Lecumberry, and even Ernesto “Che” Guevara have all come through Las Peñas. It has also been the cradle of captains of industry, housewives, fishermen, and sailors, and characters that have nurtured everyday life.

In the late seventies, Luis Hidalgo Baquerizo and Eloy Avilés Alfaro were the pioneers in having art expositions there. They showcased young painters, paintings from Quito school, and Monard, Rembrandt, or Renault replicas every July 24 at night. This is just an example of the cultural life this side of town has always had.

Seminario Park

 

Located exactly where 300 years ago was the heart of Colonial Guayaquil, it maintains that classical atmosphere that makes it so special. It is currently known as the Park of the iguanas, because of the lizards that live in it. We invite you to learn more about this park and the many names it has been given.

It was born as Arms Square in 1695 and it was in front of the main church until the latter becomes the Cathedral in 1838, year when some changes were made.

By the mid 19th century, the square held a big eight point star, and it was known for many years as the “Park of the Star”, the main point for civic concentrations, particularly on independence day.

By 1889 and after the actions that started in 1872 by a committee a monument to Simón Bolívar rose in it, and it became Bolívar Square.

It would be mostly a square until 1895, when, thanks to the donation made by Manuel Suárez Seminario, it had benches and fences. And that is how it got the look of a typical park of the 19th century. Inside, time seems to stand still. At noon, the lizards descend from its ancient trees to eat and get some sunlight.

As a token of gratitude the park was recognized as Seminario Park. At the entrance it reads: “This Park was built in 1895 thanks to the legacy of Miguel S. Seminario. The park, on of the few that has not changed”.

Also, here is the monument to the wild hog, which was placed after the inauguration of the Bolívar Statue in 1889. It was a donation of the Chinese Community.

Address: Chile y 10 de Agosto.

Historical Park

Duplicating old Guayaquil, the historical park is a must-see spot for those who visit Guayaquil. It is a place where you can go through a forest and walk through a wooden path that goes through it.

Located in Entre Ríos, on the Guayaquil-Samborondón road, it looks to recreate the way of life of yesteryear with three zones: wildlife, urban – architectural, and traditions and expositions.
This area of 8 hectares is surrounded by all sorts of trees, like the “platanillo” that grows naturally from the Daule River.

There are 28 species of animals living at the Parque Historical in a friendly zoo-like environment. Among the animals are the whitetail deer, raccoons, “lavador” bears, and crocodiles. There are 90 kinds of birds, like the parakeet and the “arpía” eagle.

At the park, you can also appreciate structures that represent the traditions of the coast and it recreates two blocks from early 20th century Guayaquil that represent the old town and have been declared of cultural patrimony.

Tourist information: other points of interest, maps, brochures, city transports, and others.

Admission: FREE

Open: Monday – Sunday 9:00 – 16:30
Phones:238-2958 / 283-3807
Located: Km 1.5 Via Samborondon y Av. Esmeraldas

Transportation: Taxi or take the Green and White bus #121 from the Terminal Terrestre.

Malecón El Salado

 

Like it’s better known-brother Malecón 2000, Malecón El Salado is another attractive waterfront renewal project that’s popular with residents. There are several eateries and cafes in a streamlined modern building along the estuary, plus a micro theater named Sala La Bota (tickets $5 to $25) with a funky adjacent coffee shop.

Rowboats can also be rented (one to five people per boat). Locals with kids in tow head to Malecón El Salado on weekend nights to see the ‘dancing fountains’, a choreographed waterworks display at 7pm, 7:30pm and 8pm. The large square just south of the malecón, called the Plaza Rodolfo Baquerizo Moreno, is dominated by a large modernist structure. Expositions and events are held here periodically.

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Private Policy

  • Following the new protocols due to COVID-19, the best way to communicate with the office, even if you are already in the hostel is by WhatsApp. Number +593(0)999483953.
  • The green door next to the soaking-pool is the access in and out of the hostel. When you check-in you will receive two keys: one to your room and one to this door.
  • We have free WIFI service in the public areas of the hostel. After check-in is finished, the receptionist will provide the password.
  • If you need a taxi, we would be happy to arrange a taxi for you. If you are leaving early to go to the airport, it is best to arrange a taxi the night before. To organize this service contact us on our WhatsApp number +593(0)99483953.
  • If you are staying more than one night and would like to have your room cleaned, please let us know before 12:00 noon to clean your room, change the bedsheets, new towels, etc.
  • If you are a client of the hostel and want to leave your bags for some days after checking out, you can store them in our Luggage Storage. Luggage storage is $1,00 per day per bag. This amount is to be paid in advance. Please make sure you lock your luggage.
  • If you are a non-client of the hostel and want to leave your bags for some days at Dreamkapture, you can store them in our Luggage Storage. Luggage storage will be $5,00 the first day and $2,00 from the second day on for each item being stored. This amount is to be paid in advance Please make sure you lock your luggage.
  • If something is not working properly in your room, please inform us in the office. We will do our best to address any issue you may have with your room as soon as possible.
  • Dreamkapture Hostel does not offer 24 hours reception service.
  • Dreamkapture Travel, your online Travel Agency. Contact us: travel@dreamkapture.com  www.dreamkapturetravel.com
  • The check-out time of the rooms is 12:00 noon. Check-out time from the hostel is at 5:00 p.m. After 5:00 p.m. an extended stay in the hostel until 11:00 p.m. is available for $3 per person. If you have not checked out of the room by noon and you do not have a reservation for the next night, Dreamkapture staff may have to pack your belongings to be placed in the storage room, so the room can be cleaned for new arrivals.
  • If you would like to stay another night or purchase the extended-stay option, talk to the receptionist before 12:00 noon in the office to see if your room is available or to pay the $3.00.
  • As a matter of respect for all the guests at the hostel: Please keep the noise down after 11:00 p.m. and early in the morning in the hostel.
  • We kindly ask you not to throw any bulky objects in the toilet; not even toilet paper. Use the trash bins for these items.
  • We do not have a laundry service. You will find a laundry place on the same street as Dreamkapture. As a matter of respect for the other guests, please, do not dry your clothes in public areas. Clothes in public areas will be removed.
  • If you are in the dorm, you are entitled to one bed. If you are staying several nights and you would like to change beds, please let us know in the office by 12:00 noon. This way we can have your previous bed cleaned and ready for another person.
  • Dreamkapture Hostel is environmentally conscious. For conservation reasons, please turn off lights, A/C, and fans before leaving your room, and please make sure the water tap is closed. Clean plastic bottles go in the special blues bins in the public areas.
  • There is a $5.00 charge for lost room keys, $10 for missing or damaged towels, and $15 for missing or damaged sheets. Please do not mistreat towels and sheets, if you need any cleaning material; ask for it in the office.
  • DO NOT LET PEOPLE IN THE HOSTEL! For everyone’s safety ONLY the manager is authorized to do this.
  • People visiting you at Dreamkapture need to come through the office door and be registered as a visitor. Visitors of guest at the hostel they are allowed in the pool patio area and Tv room or public areas. They are not allowed in the rooms. The main green door must remain closed at all times.
  • We have a safe in the office where we will gladly secure your valuables. Please keep your room locked at all times. Dreamkapture is not responsible for any lost or missing items in the hostel. The dormitories Do Not have lockers.
  • In case of a fire, natural disaster, or another emergency you will hear an alarm sounding. Please remain calm and make your way to the patio area between the soaking pool and the office, by the green door.
 
  • We do not sell alcoholic drinks to people under 18 years old.
  • Use of any drugs, including marijuana, is not allowed and will not be tolerated in Dreamkapture Hostel. If it is discovered or even suspected that you have violated this rule you will be removed from the hostel immediately and if necessary, the police will be called. There will be no refunds for lodging when you removed from the hostel.
  • All our rooms are Non-smoking rooms. Smoking is permitted only in open outside open areas. Please, always use ashtrays.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

When planning a visit to new place, especially a foreign country, it is perfectly normally to have many questions. This is why Dreamkapture Travel and Hostel provides you with this easy guide to the often-asked questions about our hostel and the city of Guayaquil.

Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions about Dreamkapture and Guayaquil. We have separated the questions in two groups: Most Commonly Asked Questions and More Specific Questions.

If you have a question which is not addressed here you can always contact us, and we will happy to answer your question.

Most Commonly Asked Questions:

Dreamkapture is in Guayaquil - Ecuador, located in the north of city center near the intersection of Francisco de Orellana and Benjamin Carrion which is close to the La Rotonda Mall.

There are many good restaurants nearby where you can enjoy our local crab dishes, ceviches, and other typical foods. Our neighborhood is friendly, and the people are nice and helpful.

If you are coming to Guayaquil by plane or by bus:

The best way to get here is by Taxi

Dreamkapture is only about 10 minutes from the Bus Station and the Airport by Taxi.

We are on Juan Sixto Bernal, which is the same street that “Hamburguesa El Colorado” is on. This street is directly across from where the restaurant Cafe de Tere is located on Benjamin Carrion. This is only a few city blocks away from the La Rotonda Mall and City Mall.

NEVER TAKE A TAXI WITHOUT A LICENSE PLATES!

Taxis are the best way to get around in Guayaquil. Here are some approximate prices for destinations in Guayaquil.

To and from the airport and Bus Station (Terminal Terrestre) to Dreamkapture Hostel: $5.00

City Center: Malecon 2000 / Las Peñas: $4.00 - $5.00

Mall de Sol: $3.00

Urdesa $4.00

There are lots of things around Dreamkapture Hostel:

Shopping mall – “City Mall”

Clothing, Shoes, etc                                     ATM’s

Optometrist                                                  Camera's, Computers, and other electronics

Theaters with movies in English                Large food court

Banks with ATM's                                         Pharmacy

Cell phones, Providers and Services         SuperMarket (Mega Maxi)

Restaurants

    • Cajape 2: Typical Ecuadorian Food
    • Chifa Amistoso: Chinese food
    • El Cafe de Tere: Typical Ecuadorian Breakfast
    • Hamburguesa de Colorado: Local Hamburger Stand
    • Many Sea Food, Fish, Crabs, Ceviche places (Encocao de Mitya is recommended)
    • Shawarma

The best way to make a reservation is by using our “Contact” or “Book Now” link.

You will find a list of the rooms and prices; as above in “What are the room rates for Dreamkapture?

Yes, Dreamkapture often is the lodging for various groups; youth groups, religious groups, families, numerous people traveling together, etc.

When making a reservation for a group there are some different issues that need to be determined and understood.

We will need to know the normal details:

  • Which dates you need lodging?
  • How many people are in the group?
  • Is the group made up of Adults? Children? Are there pets?
  • Which rooms (or type of rooms) you will need for the group?
  • When will the group be arriving?
    1. Group reservations require a 50% deposit of the entire cost prior to arrival.
    2. There needs to be a representative for the entire group.
    3. Each member of the group is responsible for the entire group's financial obligation.(If members of the groups no not show, the total price still needs to be paid.)
    4. Our cancellation policy applies to the entire group; NOT just to individuals who do not show up without notice. “Cancellation policy”

You will find a list of the rooms and prices; as above in the “What are the room rates for Dreamkapture?”

Please tell of us which of the rooms listed on the “Contact” link page you are interested in, and if the room is available, we will confirm your reservation request or make another room suggestion.

It is best if you make your group's reservation in as much time as possible in advance.

If one of the next options will be acceptable to you, you can make your reservation directly on our website clicking the reservation button BOOK NOW, note that for reservations with multiple days or multiple rooms a deposit is required to guarantee the reservation.

    • Mixed sex dorm (men & women) bunk beds and fan

$10.00 per bed

    • Women’s shared dormitory with bunk beds and fans

$12.00 per bed

    • Men’s shared dormitory with bunk beds and fans

$12.00 per bed

    • Private room with 2 single beds, shared bath and fan

$26.00 for two people

    • Private room with 1 matrimonial bed, shared bath and fan

$18.00 for one person, $26.00 for two people

    • Private room with 1 matrimonial bed, private bath and fan

$20.00 for one person, $28.00 for two people

    • Private room with Air Conditioning, 1 matrimonial bed and private bath

$24.00 for one person, $33.00 for two people

    • Private room with 3 single bunk beds, private bath and Air Conditioning

$35.00 for two people, $45.00

    • Private room with 4 single bunk beds, shared bath and fan

$35.00 for three people, $45.00 for four people

More Specific Questions:

Airport pick-up is available by a private service which Dreamkapture can arrange for you. There is a base cost for this of $10 per vehicle. A driver will be in the airport to meet you with a sign with your name on it. He will wait 20 minutes. After 20 minutes there will be an additional hourly charge.

In order for us to arrange this service for you.

You need to confirm with Dreamkapture that you want this service.

We usually set the time of the pick at one hour past your arrival time to allow for customs, luggage claim and inspection. You can always request a specific time for the Pick-up.

It is your responsibility to notify Dreamkapture Travel of delays or missed flight. This way we can reschedule your pick-up.

You can complete a simple Online request form for this service by clicking here: Private Taxi Pick-up

  • More than 72 hours prior to the date of your arrival: 0% fee.
  • Less than 72 hours prior to the date of your arrival: 50% of the room will be charged.
  • Less than 24 hours prior to the date of your arrival: 100% of the cost of the room will be charged.
  • This also includes changes in the number of people per reservation.
  • The Cancellation policy also includes No Show reservations. You are still responsible for payment of a room which was blocked and reserved for you.
  • It is the client’s responsibility to contact us if they are unable to keep their reservation.

Check In time starting at 1:00 p.m. This is after rooms have been vacated and cleaned. If the room is ready before 1:00 p.m. you will be allowed to check in sooner.

Check Out time for your room is 12:00 p.m. noon.

Check Out time from the hostel is 5:00 p.m.

If you are leaving on a late bus or flight, we offer an extended stay option for $3.00 per person until 11:00 p.m. With the extended stay option, you will not have a room and are only allowed in the public areas (kitchen, Internet, TV, bathrooms, soaking pool).

    • The accommodations are limited to the rooms we have available and the capacity of the rooms.
    • Children under 5 years old stay for Free.
    • Children There is a charge of $6.00 in addition to the price of the room for children older that 5 years old.

Children occupying a single bed will be charged the same price as an adult.

  • In rooms with only one matrimonial bed, a child can share the bed with one or both parents.
  • Children always need to be monitored by their parents.
  • In addition, children and parents need to keep noise levels at a minimum, especially during early morning hours, and be respectful of another guest staying at the hostel.

Guayaquil is HOT year-round. If you are not used to the heat it is best to be prepared by having light clothing, for example: t-shirts, shorts, skirts, light blouses.

Footwear: running/tennis shoes are always good, sandals, flip-flops (usually on tourist wear theses) are good options.

At night it can get cool and during the rainy season there can be mosquitoes. Pants and a long sleeve shirt or light jacket will often be enough to keep you comfortable.

At Dreamkapture, Clients are allowed to bring small dogs or cats, under next conditions:

  • There will be an additional charge of $10 per night for the dog, cat, etc.
  • Pets are only allowed in Private Rooms... NO PETS ARE ALLOWED IN THE DORMITORIES.
  • The pet must have a travel carrier (kennel cage).
  • The pet is not allowed to be on the bed or to sleep on the bed at any time.
  • The pet must be quiet and pose no threat or disturbance to any of clients at the hostel.
  • You will be responsible for ANY damages caused by the pet.
  • You will be responsible for cleaning up any accidents your pet has in the room or in the hostel immediately.
  • You are NOT to use the hostel towels for this clean up.
  • While the pet is outside your room it must be on a leash or its travel carrier.
  • There are some parks and open spaces very close to our hostel where you can take your pet for a walk, and for it to go to the bathroom.

If you agree with these conditions, let us know and we will send you a room confirmation.

Here at Dreamkapture we have 110v electricity as does the rest of Ecuador. The plug-ins are north American standard. If necessary, you should bring your own adapter.

There is a laundry on the same side of the street of the Hostel, just before arriving at the main avenue where you can wash your clothes at an affordable price.

It opens from Monday to Saturday starting at 8:00 a.m.

Sunday is closed!