offers travelers a surprising number of sights and activities. It
boasts museums, historic neighborhoods, sprawling parks and the
renovated waterfront strip, Malecón 2000. While enjoying Guayaquil
it is important to note that as with any large urban center, you
must exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings. Be particularly
careful at night, spend the extra change to get around safely in
Malecón 2000 -
the recontruction project of the Simóm Bolívar Pier,
one of the most representative sites of Guayaquil city. The new
pier which construction has already begun, will be one of the
most important civic-touristic-commercial center of South America.
It's turning into the most complete and modern center of urban
recreation of the country. With multiple green areas of entertainment
and commercial service, it's receiving a significant number of
- sits in front of the Malecón and holds the political offices
of city and provincial officials. A building of the neoclassical
style, it is considered one of the most important architectural
works in the country. Employees will enthusiastically answer questions
about the building and are a good source of information regarding
Peñas Neighborhood -
in the northeast corner of the city's center, is home to many
recognized artists. Many of the area's 400-year-old houses have
been converted into art galleries. A walk through this historic
district gives one a glimpse into Guayaquil's past.
del Sol - find plenty of shopping in
this new mall, with most of its store names in English, it will
feel eerily familiar to North American travelers.
is the largest artisan market in the city. The market is housed
in a 240-shop building that takes up the entire block of Baquerizo
Avenue, between the streets Loja and Juan Montalvo. Its many vendors
sell indigenous crafts, jewelry, paintings, and more!
located on the street 9 de Octubre, between Lorenzo de Garaycoa
and Quito, this is the largest park downtown, occupying four city
blocks. It is a favored place to take refuge from the equatorial
sun. Enjoy the shade offered by the large trees planted liberally
over the expanses of walkways and lawns. A large statue of Liberty
dominates the central area of the park.
is not your typical city park. Seminario, located on 10 de Agosto
and Chile, is home to dozens of Iguanas,
some of which approach 5 feet in length. There seems to be hundreds
of the monstrous, yet docile, reptiles lurking all over. Every
afternoon, workers bring fruit and vegetable scraps to lure the
Iguanas from the trees so that onlookers may watch them descend
for a snack! A pond filled with colorful Japanese Talapia fish
and the equestrian statue of Simón Bolívar located
in the center of the park, are two more reasons to visit the park.
Alternatives, or compliments, to the typical club scene include
cinemas, theater performances and quality national and international
restaurants. Information on performances and events can be found
in the various Guayaquilean newspapers. A
few venues and regularly scheduled performances that you should
del Angel -
offers live comedies on weekends. It's located on Balsamos 620
and Ficus in the Urdesa neighborhood.
de Cultura -
on 9 de Octubre just west of the Parque Centenario, regularly
sponsors film festivals and gives specialized classes in the arts.
Avenue - The
new Pier, which construction has already begun, will be one of
the most important civic-tourist-commercial sites from South America.
With multiple green areas of entertainment and commercial service,
it's receiving a significant number of visitors everyday. All
sectors have areas of general services, like restrooms, police
departments, first aids and information stands.
and Alborada neighborhoods
- north of the city's center these two neighborhoods
are known for being polished and preppy, specifically the street
Victor Emilio Estrada in Urdesa and "Calle Principal"
in Alborada. Both boast numerous restaurants, shops, cafes, and
see our Ecuador's Nightlife
section to find out more places to go in Guayaquil)
Barrio las Peñas located at the foot of the Santa Ana hill is an area
of the city with a coastal colonial architecture. It was destroyed
and reconstructed several times as a consequence of fires, in particular
the great fire of 1896. It has only one street called Numa Pompilio
LLona in honor of a famous Ecuadorian man of letters. This street
starts at the Planchada wich was the place from which the city was
defended and ends at the old installations of the Brewery, one of
the Guayaquil's first industries.
the festivities conmemorating the foundation of the city, this area
becomes the city of outdoor exhibitions where national as well as
foreign artists expose their works. Today many of the houses along
this street have been turned into a galleries. It is here that many
well know poets, heroes and composers such as Antonio Neumane, the
author of the music of our national anthem, were born.
Church of Santo Domingo, also known as the Church of Saint Vincent
was the first church of this city, built in 1548 and reconstructed
on several occasions because of fires. The Basílica de la
Merced, San Francisco and the Metropolitan Cathedral should also
The Malecón Simón Bolívar,which runs along the
River, is also called the Paseo de las Colonias (the Promendade of
the Colonies). It has its beginning at the Avenida Olmedo where the
statue of José Joaquín de Olmedo, an eminent citizen
who fought for the Independence of Guayaquil, stands in a park which
bears his name.
public clock (Moorish Tower)was destroyed by the tides as its base
was made of wood. It was rebuilt in 1930, on the same spot. It is
a Moorish style tower. The purpose of this clock was not a only
to call the people to pray but also to alert the population against
pirat attacks or to call for help in case of any need.
Palace, (City Hall)of neoclassic style is considered one of the
best architectonic works of the city; and the Parque Sucre which
separates it from the Ministry of the Interior Building, the Gobernación
, which is a combination of variety of styles.
Hemiciclo de la Rotonda where a great marble and bronze statue is
erected, conmemorating the meeting between two great liberators
in America: Simón Bolíivar and José de San Martín.
Centenario a beatiful park in the middle of the city with 200 meters
where the Column of October or of Liberty stands, designed by the
Spanish sculptor Agustín Queirol in 1918. On each side of
its base are the statues of Olmedo, Febrés Cordero, Villamil
and Antepara, men who distinguished themselves in the struggle for
the independance of Guayaquil. On each angle of the pedestal there
are statues which represent History, Patriotism, Heroism and Justice
and on top of the Column there is a statue with an outstreched arm
holding a torch.
main hotels of the city are located in the downtown touristic center
of the city. They all offer an excellent service which will make
your stay in Guayaquil very pleasant and you will not doubt to return
Parque España located facing the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus;
in its center stands the statue of Sebastían de Benalcázar,
the founder of San Francísco de Quito; Parque de la Armada,
here lies the Calderón, a gunboat which played an outstanding role
in the naval battle of Jambelí in 1941 and which now contains
a historical museum. The Centro Cívico Theather; the planetarium
of the Navy and Puerto Marítimo, one of the most important ports
of South America on the Pacific Ocean where ships from all over
the world dock. It is considered that 80% of the country's exports
and 50% of its imports pass through it.
The Botanical Garden is located at the foot of the Cerro Colorado
hill at Francisco de Orellana Avenue. Here you can find three thousand
varieties of vegetable species including hundred and fifty varieties
If you like excursions, we should like to recommend a visit to Cerro
Blanco. Situated on Km 15 on the coast road it is a representative
sample of a tropical dry forest and constitutes an important refuge
for more than hundred and ninety species of land birds and six species
of sea birds.
Hondo, 17 kilometers away on the road to the coast, we come upon
this reserve of mangroves, where we can appreciate the ecosystem
of the magrove, opposite to it is an archeological site called Palombamba
where in general fairly well preserved archeological finds have
been made and which correspond to the Huancavilca culture.