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Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litorial (ESPOL)

The ESPOL Polytechnic University is the best public university in Ecuador. It’s main campus, Gustavo Galindo, where the ICORS-LACSC 2019 meeting will take place, is settled in a 1482 acre area surrounded by a tropical dry forest, which is a natural reserve. Its strategic location has let the university build a great infrastructure at the service of the students.

Among the facilities that the campus offers to the students and the community are libraries, several auditoriums, stadiums, coliseums, two gyms, lakes, soccer fields, tennis courts, parking lots, and several restaurants.

The conference program will be carried out in equipped rooms at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Matemáticas – FCNM), with all the communications and services needed. Also in between the sessions and special presentations, rest areas will be available. Wi-Fi is guaranteed during the event. Transportation to and from the campus will be available at specific hours and hotels. For more information see the bus item in Practical Information.

Guayaquil

Located in the Pacific coast of Ecuador, Guayaquil is the most populated city in the country with a population of 2.6 million inhabitants. It is a financial hearth to Ecuador, a place where 80% of imports and exports are distributed through the port of the city.

The city is part of the Travel + Leisure magazine’s list of the 50 best places to travel in 2017, with its Ferris Wheel, hillside village of Las Peñas, Malecón 2000 and Parque Histórico Guayaquil.

Guayaquil is the perfect destination to host ICORS-LACSC 2019, with its infrastructure and its main tourist spot located downtown.

Practical Information

Travelling to Guayaquil

José Joaquín de Olmedo Airport – Guayaquil, Ecuador

Awarded eight consecutive times as the best airport in the world in the 2-5 million passenger range category by the International Airport Council, José Joaquín de Olmedo Airport in Guayaquil has a capacity for 7.5 million passengers a year. It has direct flights from diverse cities of the world. Those flights are operated by Air Europa, American Airlines, Avianca, Copa Airlines, KLM, LATAM, TAME, Avior Airlines. For more information click here.

 

In addition, Mariscal Sucre Airport in Quito, our capital, has connections to Guayaquil and domestic flights are frequent. Those flights are operated by Avianca, LATAM and TAME. For more information, click here.

Bus

The conference will provide two way shuttle bus service between Sheraton and Radisson hotels and ESPOL campus. Registered participants hosted in other hotels can also make use of the shuttle bus service. However, the picking up and dropping off of registered participants will be done at Sheraton and Radisson hotels.

More information will be available soon.

Taxi

The taxi services available in Guayaquil are Uber, Cabify and EasyTaxi.

Requirements for travelling to Ecuador

Important documents

Passport: Tourists who wish to travel to Ecuador must carry their passport at all times. This is highly recommendable even for tourists who come from countries where passports are not mandatory. Children are included in this group if you travel within Ecuador, please carry two photocopies of your passport.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry; this is a strict legal requirement from the Ecuadorean government. Without this minimum validity, entry to the country will be denied.

Return ticket: Even if you come from Latin-American countries (except Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras), European Union (EU) or United States where you do not need a visa, it is very likely that you will be asked for the return ticket at entrance.  The purpose is to verify that you are leaving before the 90 days allowed for tourists.

Visa

Countries that require Visa: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cuba, North Korea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Senegal. People from these countries must request a visa independently of the time they will remain in the country. Tourists from other nationalities do not require a visa if their stay is less than 3 months (90 days). For further information click here

Vaccination requirements

yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for people coming from Brazil, Congo or Uganda.

Documents to travel to Galapagos Islands

Transit control card (TCC): If you want to visit these unique islands, you must have the Transit Control Card, which can be requested in the airports of Quito, Guayaquil, Isabela, San Cristóbal and Baltra.To obtain it, you must first register online in the website. Then, visitors must go to a booth in the airport with their plane tickets to get the card, which costs $20 (cash only). The card is turned in at the end of the trip.

Agro quality inspection: At the airport, visitors must also go through a strict luggage control in the Agro quality loft to avoid the entrance of dangerous species. Some of the products and animals forbidden are domestic and wild animals, seed, vegetables, soil attached to plants among others.

If you want to know more about these requirements click here.

Other information

Weather in Guayaquil

The city of Guayaquil is located 4 meters above sea level with a tropical weather where the highest rainfall (winter) season is between January and May. The rest of the year is considered as the summer season where temperature may vary between 23 degrees Celsius (74.3 °F) and 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 °F), with nice windy nights. We highly recommend bringing cotton clothing and a light sweater for air-conditioned places and during the nights.

Currency

US dollar. It is possible to exchange euros and other currencies at authorized exchange offices located at the international airports, hotels and banks. ATM network is available and most of the international credit cards are accepted: Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diners Club. For more information click here.

VAT (Value Added Tax) refund in Ecuador

VAT refund is only made through a credit card, which must belong to the person requesting the tax refund. It applies for goods made in Ecuador and housing services in amounts higher than USD 50, 00 per invoice. Among the products subject to VAT refund are coffee, textiles, clothes, hats, chocolates, candies, shoes, leather articles, jewelry, wooden articles and articles made of marble, plaster, cork, glass, liquors, soft drinks and musical instruments. On your departure, from Quito and Guayaquil international airports, you should submit all the applicable invoices and a copy of your passport. To access this benefit, it is important to provide the information requested by the authorized establishments, identifies with the TAX-FREE logo and registers properly the information in the application.

Accommodation

For the participants of the conference we have a special deal with our partners hotels:

Sheraton Guayaquil Hotel

Superior Single Room

USD 100.00

Superior 2 Beds Room

USD 115.00

Breakfast Plus Room (access to the executive floor) Simple Accomodation

USD 140.00

Breakfast Plus Room (access to executive floor) Double Accommodation

USD 150.00

*not included: VAT (12%), 10% service fee, 1.24 USD hotel insurance per person and 2.50 USD of Municipal Tax
*These prices include: Buffet breakfast, airport shuttle service, internet connection

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Radisson Hotel Guayaquil

Superior Single Room

USD 89.00

Superior 2 Beds Room

USD 99.00

*not included: VAT (12%), 10% service fee, 1.24 USD hotel insurance per person and 2.50 USD of Municipal Tax
*These prices include: Buffet breakfast, airport shuttle service, internet connection

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Other hotel options in Guayaquil can be found in the following link: