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Flag of Guayaquil
Official seal of Guayaquil
Nickname(s): La Perla del Pacífico
English: The Pearl of the Pacific
Motto: Por Guayaquil Independiente
Country Ecuador
Province Guayas
Canton Guayaquil
Settled 1534
Independence 1820
 • Total 133.01 sq mi (344.5 km2)
 • Land 122.17 sq mi (316.42 km2)
 • Water 10.84 sq mi (28.08 km2)
Elevation 13.2 ft (4 m)
Population (2009)
 • Total 2,526,927
 • Density 19,547.40/sq mi (7,547.16/km2)
Time zone ECT (UTC-5)
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Aerial view of Guayaquil

Guayaquil (pronounced [ɡwaʝaˈkil]), officially Santiago de Guayaquil (pronounced [sanˈtjaɣo ðe ɣwaʝaˈkil]), is the largest city in Ecuador. It has about 3.5 million in the metropolitan area. It is also the nation's main port. The city is the capital of both the Guayas Province and the Guayaquil Canton.

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