Ecuador’s largest city, Guayaquil is the primary access for Galapagos cruises. It is located on the banks of the Guayas River, a city characterized by their charming people. Guayaquil is a major port and commercial center as well, and the main departure point for visits to the Galapagos Islands, it has sponsored many urban beautification and preservation projects. Hotel Oro Verde, located downtown, in the modern business district is a short trip from historic Malecon. A European-style hotel with luxurious accommodations, it features an executive–club floor of oversized rooms with hometheater systems, wood floors and goose-down duvets. The Oro Fit Spa offers massages, an outdoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath and Jacuzzi along with Internet access, business center facilities and meeting rooms for social and corporate events.