Guayaquil Things to Do

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    La Rotonda

    by malianrob Written Mar 22, 2008

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    The Rotonda can be found at the end of the street 9 de Octubre. La Rotonda is a monument memorializing the two liberators Jse San Martin and Simon Bolivar in 1822. These two generals met here for the first time, shook hands, spoke, and never met again.
    Jose San Martin was Argentine and Simon Bolivar was Venezuelan they were both interested in Liberating South American from Spain.
    They say that no one recorded what they talked about but what they do know is that both generals had different ideas of what liberation meant and what happens next. Bolivar wanted a democratic president while Martin wanted a King. Martin soon left to Argentina and then to France while Bolivar took over the rest of the fight in liberating South America.

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    Wild Iguanas

    by LizontheMove Written Apr 16, 2007

    Not much to do in Guayaquil but if you are there for a stopover, like we were, make a visit to Parque Seminario, also known as Iguana Park. Its like stepping into prehistoric times with loads of wild iguanas everywhere. They aren't scared of humans and if you sit on a bench long enough, they will climb on you! The one shown here climbed up me then licked my face! A man had to rescue me!

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    Film & Arts

    by Strannik Written Aug 30, 2006

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    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.

    MAAC Cine & surroundings
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    Barrio Las Peñas

    by Strannik Updated Aug 30, 2006

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    Right where Santa Ana hill meets Guayas river, the oldest neighborhood of the city is located. It has a single lonely street with interesting houses at both sides and currently is going through a process of restoration which helps it to become a center for caffes and art galleries, like Arthur's (I'll have to write a tip about it later... someday!).

    This has been one of the most particularly historic romantic artistic spots of the city, so it's natural it has been the home of many local characters, and even foreign ones (they say Che Guevara stayed there on his journey through SouthAmerica).

    Since it is next to the city's main attraction, Malecon 2000, a visit to Barrio Las Peñas well deserves a try! And if you happen to be around during July, there is an interesting art festival showing masterpieces of local artists.

    Las Pe��as from Malecon 2000 Las Pe��as house
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    Ecuador best destination: "GUAYAQUIL"

    by adventour_tourist01 Updated Dec 25, 2005

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    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 I started to discover this summery city right on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador I was starting to enjoy myself.

    Guayaquil is not only the largest Ecuadorean city but also is the finantial capital of the Ecuadorean economy, here many millions of US dollar 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 Renovated Guayaquil, the entire city had been going to a renovated process that took more than Ten Years to built.

    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 or lay over, due to Geographical reasons Guayaquil is the gateway closer destination to the Galapagos Islands, and also from here you can conect very easily to most US and European destination because Guayaquil offers a 24 hours International Airport with brand new technology, Guayaquil's tourist potential is expected to be increase in 47% for the next two years and is becoming a well known latinamerican tourist destination.

    An overview of the Guayaquil's harbor Guayaquil main attraction the MALECON 2000 A great view from Guayaquil's city A train exhibition on Guayaquil's new pier A local hero at Guayaquil's Plaza
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    The best place in Latinamerican to visit "Malecon"

    by Worldexplorer001 Written Dec 21, 2005

    When you get into Guayaquil's harbor, a good way to Start up knowing the place is going to this huge Waterfront that they just build is call Malecon 2000 then, you will find many places to eat, shop and take an awesome pictures, just make sure you will have your cam handy, this remarkable place has a lot of history and it is a beautiful scenery you will love it, we went for three days in a role, excellent.

    This Malecon 2000 or Pier 2000 has almost 2 miles long, so will have plenty to do if you can't finished seeing all at once, they even have an IMAX 3 D theather in there, like the US I had never been in an Imax theater back home until I tried this one in Guayaquil, was Great we all loved.

    If you would like to learn more about the Guayaquil history places, take the Ferry right there on the Malecon Pier and be ready to be transport back in time where this booming city was the main Cocoa Productor of the latinamerican region, this dynamic city started growing up its rich economic foundation back in the earlies 1800, then has become the First World Banana exporter and now is on the top 5 list of Shrimp Exporters, they even have their own World Trade Center.

    Guayaquil offers many hotels to fit anyone's budget, many lodge are very economical and of curse the Hilton as a luxurious one, also many Foreigns Hotels has invested in Guayaquil like the Oro Verde Hotel run by the Swiss, spotless and very clean is one of my favors with an excellent gourmet food and very good buffets.

    The Waterfront 2000 is a remarkable place to see A great view from the city on the West Guayaquil is one of the TOP 10 latinamerican desti Guayaquil simply the best in Latinamerican destina Public Art at Guayaquil's main buildings
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    The easy part

    by Joemidwest Written Oct 3, 2005

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    This was a more pleasant walk. You had a more relaxed look at the shops. It is better to look on the way up and buy on the way down. The same with food. If you can drink at night and do these steps you have more grace than I do.

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    Fort Santa Ana

    by Joemidwest Written Oct 3, 2005

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    At the top of Las Penas is the Fort. This was an ideal spot for the lookouts and defense positions in the 19th and 20th centuries. Now there is a light house behind where the cannons are positioned. It looks good at night but they say it is of no navigational value.

    Cerro Santa Ana lighthouse Fort Santa Ana cannons Replica lookout
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    Malecon 2000

    by Joemidwest Updated Oct 3, 2005

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    Malecon 2000 lies between the city an the Guayas River. There are cafe style restaurants, fast food stalls, many outdoor vendors. Plus there is an indoor shopping mall, "Centro Comerical Malecon". You can "cool off" for a bit from the humidity and find just about anything you want in the many stores located there.

    Malecon 2000 Right between the north eastern side of the city.. ...and the river. About 1 1/4 mile end to end.
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    The steps

    by Joemidwest Written Oct 3, 2005

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    444 steps sounds like alot, and it probably would be if you wanted to walk them all at once. It is a good thing for this 56 year old body that there are several places on the way up to have a snack or a cool drink. There are also some shops and good places for pictures.

    The beginning of 444steps Good Tagua and other crafts, barter Art sales
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    Guayaquil-lian amphibians

    by jglsongs Written Aug 13, 2005

    Whether before or after your visit to the Metropolitan Cathedral, a stop in Simon Bolivar park to greet the other Guayailleños will definitely add to your multicultural interspecies experience.

    They may look alien, and they don't speak your language, but they are calm and friendly - and if your nice and approach them calmly, they'll let you touch them.

    One of the faces of Guayaquil
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    Escalinatas del Cerro de Santa Ana

    by Strannik Updated Jun 25, 2005

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    A recommended activity, specially at night, is to go up "Cerro de Santa Ana" stairs, a path that will lead you to the top of this hill from where you will find a beautiful view of the city.

    Besides, on the way you will see several small bars, caffes, restaurants and souvenir shops installed in redisegned houses (you can see pictures of how old houses used to be hanging on facades). The path is safe, with guards every 20 m, but I'd advice you not to try to move farther away the marked path

    Going at night might be better for many because you dont have to deal with ecuatorial sun, plus Gquil nights by the river side are always quite fresh. In any case, keep in mind that there are 444 steps from bottom to top. Good luck!

    Up and down!
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    Boat Ride on the Malecon Salado

    by namastedc Written Feb 24, 2005

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    Guayaquil has a new malecon, west of the Malecon 2000, on the Salado estuary. From the south end of this malecon you can take a 45 minute boat tour through the estuary for $3. The tour operates on Saturdays and Sundays only, and leaves every hour on the hour from about 10 to 6.

    In general, you go through a very poor part of the city along the estuary, where the houses are falling into the water. However, you can see the Barcelona futbol stadium and a cement factory!

    Salado Estuary
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    Malecon 2000

    by namastedc Written Feb 24, 2005

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    The Guayaquil riverfront area, once a dirty dangerous place, has recently been renovated and is the number one attaction in the city.

    At all hours of the day and late into the night, tourists can stroll the full 2km of its length, enjoying the gardens, buildings, river, restaurants, shops, and museums, without any worry of being harrassed or robbed!

    If you have just one day to spend in Guayaquil, save at least 2 hours for the Malecon 2000.

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    Giant Iguanas!! The Guayaquil Iguana Park

    by namastedc Written Feb 24, 2005

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    This park, located in the Centro, is something you really do need to see if you come to the city. Iguanas have bred and bred to the point where they have comepletely taken over a park in front of the city cathedral, and are more of a tourist draw than the cathedral itself.

    Bring some bananas if you really want to see a stampede. Don't worry about petting the iguanas, they don't care - just don't stand under the trees for too long unless you have an umbrella!!

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