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Guayaquil is the largest and the most populous city in Ecuador. In 1600 Guayaquil had a population of about 2,000 people; by 1700 the city had a population of over 10,000. According to the most recent census (2001), its population was 1.985.379.

In spite of being a long way up the river from the Pacific Ocean is the nation's main port. Guayaquil is on the west margin of the Guayas River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of Guayaquil. The climate is hot and generally humid.

Guayaquil has a cathedral and many other Roman Catholic churches. There is a Temple and many chapels of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many other faiths and religions are represented throughout the city.

Guayaquil was founded on July 25, 1538 with the name Muy Noble y Muy Ciudad de Santiago de Guayaquil by Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Orellana. Even before it was founded by the Spanish, it already existed as a native village. The city suffered from a major fire in 1896 which destroyed large portions of the city. It has also suffered a number of earthquakes in the last century which resulted in the destruction of the colonial architecture in the city. The most recent earthquake was a 5.6 magnitude earthquake on Aug. 18, 1980

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    Apr 14, 2009 at 2:03 AM

    Sounds like they don't really want the tourism or enjoy making life difficult for visitors


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