In an increasingly globalized world, the importance of national borders is diminishing. Today, cities are coming to the fore as catalysts for investment and commerce. Such is the case with Guayaquil, on the Pacific coast of Ecuador, whose transformation over the last two decades has been nothing short of remarkable.

A radical modernization has turned this sleepy sea port into a modern and dynamic commercial hub, acting as a conduit for trade through Latin America and beyond. The city has won numerous accolades for its mass transportation system and the renovation of the iconic Las Penas neighbourhood stands as a blue print for urban regeneration projects around the world.