Like almost all cities in this part of the world, Guayaquil has a statue to Simon Bolivar - usually in a square or Plaza named for him.
In the case of Guayaquil, however, the park is named Seminario Park and main attraction is the inguanas. I did not get out of the bus to take pictures of the monument - I just took pictures from the bus as we circled the square.
A little green spot!
If you ever happen to be at "Samanes" neighbourhood (there aren´t many reasons why but anyway :) ), take a look at the little tiny remaining of a forest (some would say it's only a park but I disagree :) ) at the top of a hill with a nice view of surroundings and a sample of local dry tropical trees. Very tall-greeny ceibos!
Cerro Blanco Dry Tropical Forest
Just 5 minutes outside the city, on the Via a la Costa, is Cerro Blanco. The park is a privately run (by an NGO) outfit.
For just a few dollars, you will have a guided tour through any of three trails - chosen according to how much time you want to be out there. The park is lush, steamy, and very green. There are countless birds - some that only exist in Guayaquil - and oftentimes monkeys and lizards.
Bring your bug spray - this is the buggiest park on the planet!! Also, tip your guides well - they are working very hard for the money, and most are students (and what student couldn't use the money?)
Film & Arts
An interesting place to visit during the Malecon 2000 long ride is the Art neighborhood. It includes a museum, art showrooms, a wide stage for live performances and the most original cinema of the city, simply because it doesnt play any commercial movie but documentals and artistic films. It's called MAAC Cine and they usually play different related movies on a row, as part of a motif festival. Very good visual and audio quality. And dont forget to check their schedule before you go, it is on main local newspapers like El Universo.
Guayaquil's beautiful place to visit anytime...!!
"Guayaquil is a Great place to visit, we loved"
Without a doubt Guayaquil is Ecuador's best destination, when I've got there I did not have any expectation on my mind, but as soon as we started to discover this summery city right on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador we were starting to enjoy ourselves with the new culture.
Guayaquil is not only the largest Ecuadorean city but also is the financial capital of the Ecuadorean economy, here many millions of US dollars move their economy based on the Banana's largest world exporter and the Shrimp exportation plus many Ecuadorean Industries are home of Guayaquil's business district, the main tourist attraction for Guayaquil is the investment of over 300 millions US dollar in a brand new harbor along the Guayas River.
This brand new pier has been opened since 2000, when they opened their first section, now the whole structure is wide open, more than 2 miles long of places to shop, eat and being discover is the Malecon 2000, this architectonical design built by the Oxford University of London is a great tourist attraction of the entire population, Guayaquil's pride is based on the New Guayaquil, the entire city has been goint to a renovated process that took more than Ten Years to build.
Guayaquil is well known for being the "Pacific Pearl" due to its natural beauty and marvelous surroundings. The New Guayaquil as the locals call them is becoming the TOP 10 Latinamerican destination and is expected to reach the Top 5 destinations in a few years. On top of that Guayaquil is the New Gateway to the Galapagos Islands, from there anyone can conect very easily to the Islands, without any stops on the way, due to Geographical reasons Guayaquil is the gateway closer destination that also offers an International Airport as well to the Galapagos Islands, is very convinient to conect to/from Europe and the USA throught this Airport.
"A cool monument at Guayaquil's Plaza"
This is a great monument at "Guayaquil" plaza we loved the location and all these water fountains around it, make the place worth to be seeing.
"A great water pathway"
Guayaquil offers many places to walk and seeing the beauty of this remarkable Ecuadorean city, Guayaquil main Pier 2000 offers many pathways and small bridges to walk around we loved the one right next to the lake on the Pier 2000 is a very nice place to visit. Tours are available check at your front desk most of the hotels has city tours available that will conect you to the main attractions in the city.