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The Most Complete Guide of Ecuador

Top 15 attractions that you can’t miss while visiting Guayaquil

Self Guided City Map:

https://www.thisisecuador.com/maps/Guayaquil.pdf

Did you know that Guayaquil is the main port of Ecuador? This commercial city is very active; buzzing with excitement and plenty of things to do!

Here are some of our favorites:

1. PARQUE SEMINARIO

A historic park in the heart of downtown! Here you can admire sculptures and enjoy green areas. It is also known as  “Iguana park” or “Bolivar” Park because you will find plenty of iguanas and a statue of Simon Bolivar, El Libertador.

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Where? Streets Chimborazo, Chile, Clemente and 10 de Agosto.

2. THE CATHEDRAL

La Catedral is a neo-gothic cathedral built in on the site of the first church of the New City. In 1949 the central nave was inaugurated, followed by the two towers in 1956. This beautiful cathedral has a main altar made of marble from Cuenca and stained windows that filter colors and light to create a marvelous effect.

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Where? If you make your way to Seminario Park, don’t hesitate on taking a look at this beautiful monument, just outside the gates.

3. “María Eugenia Puig Lince” MUNICIPAL MUSEUM OF ART, THE HISTORY OF GUAYAQUIL AND ECUADOR IN CLAY

This unique Museum in the country presents the ancestral technique of clay sculptural modeling to narrate the history of today’s Ecuador in a sequential way. These moments made of clay are the ritual dances that show our origins; the Spanish conquest; the national emancipation and our people’s life after obtaining our freedom.

Address: Barcelona S.C. Avenue, between the bridges El Velero and 17th Street. Parish: Tarqui. Visiting Hours: Mondays to Sundays from 10h00 to 17h00.

Admission: free

4. MALECÓN 2000

This boardwalk is one of the most entertaining places to visit in Guayaquil! Locals and tourists walk along this 1 ½ mile waterfront full of entertainment, culture, and nature! You will encounter monuments, fountains, gardens, museums, shopping malls, restaurants, bars, an Imax theater, docks, and several viewpoints.

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Where? From Cuenca Street to the South of the City all the way to Las Peñas in the North.

5. LAS PEÑAS

A picturesque neighborhood of historic and colorful houses and cobblestone streets. In Las Peñas you can visit 400 years old houses occupied by galleries and restaurants. Walk around las Peñas by day to appreciate this beautiful urban scenery and in the evening, observe as nightlife becomes alive. 444 stairs have been marked, that lead to the lighthouse, where a panoramic view of the city awaits.

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Where? Numa Pompilio Llona, at the skirts of Santa Ana Hill, NE

6. SANTA ANA HILL

Located on step 444, this hilltop has amazing views of the Guayas River and the city of Guayaquil. A charming church and a lighthouse overlooking the city.

Santa Ana Hill

7. MALECON EL SALADO

El Salado offers a variety of restaurants, bars, and galleries to choose from; all with a fantastic view of the city and estuary. Enjoy the outdoor plazas, water fountains, and gardens, where you can find live presentations and entertainment areas for children.

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Where? Boulevard 9 de Octubre and Avenida Tungurahua

8. ISLA SANTAY

800 meters away from Guayaquil, Santay Island is a recreational protected area. Its major attractions are the flora and fauna of this well preserved, ecological settlement.  You will find mangroves, tropical birds, reptiles like the boa, and mammals such as the anteater. Ecological trails connect a cabin for lodging, a medical dispensary, a recycling center, a tourism office, a house for the park rangers and a tower with a great viewpoint.

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Where? You can get here by water or land. If you choose to arrive in a boat, then it departs from the Yacht Club. If instead, you are crossing the bridge, then head to El Oro Street.

Open from 6 am to 5 pm. 

The bridge is open from 6 am to 9 pm.

9. GUAYAQUIL HISTORICAL PARK

Mangroves, freshwater and a tropical climate make this 19-acre park the perfect setting. In a single day visit, you will observe fauna and flora of the region in the “wildlife zone,” and learn about Guayaquil’s history, cultural manifestations and rural life in the “traditions” zone. On top of that, the “urban-architectonic” zone holds original pieces from the city’s antique architecture destroyed by fires in the XIX century.

On Saturdays and Sundays, the park becomes livelier, hosting festive cultural activities. Music, food, and dances add color and flavor to this cultural setting.

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Where? It is located only 10 min from Guayaquil, across the Daule River next to Entre Rios Neighborhood.

Admission: Free.

Open Mon – Sun: 9 am – 4:30 pm

10. BOTANICAL GARDEN

This garden is home to more than 700 plant species, cultivated in a way that resembles their natural habitat. Among these, you can find more than 80 species of orchids, both native and introduced from other tropical countries. You can also visit a butterfly-breeding center and walk around the gardens where birds fly freely.

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Where? Cerro Colorado, Northern Guayaquil, Ciudadela de las Orquídeas.

Admission fee: $3.00 adults, $1.50 students, children and senior citizens. Guide service: $10 for groups of up to 25 people.

Open every day: 8 am to 4 pm

11. CERRO BLANCO PROTECTED FOREST

Cerro Blanco preserves one of the few remaining areas of dry tropical forests in Ecuador. This forest is home to jaguars, pumas, howler and capuchin monkeys, white-tailed deer, collared peccary, raccoons and more. It is also a great destination for birdwatchers, with more than 211 species of birds, including the Green Macaw (threatened species, also the symbol of this protected forest).

There are two seasons where you will encounter different settings. From January to May, the forest is green and the water abundant. From June to December, the dry season takes over and the colors of the leaves turn from green to brownish and red.

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Where? Km 16 on the way from Guayaquil to Salinas.

Admission fee: $4 for adults, $3 for children, $2 for senior citizens. Camping: $4.  (prior reservation required)

Open Mon-Sun: 8 am – 4 pm

12. CASA DE LA CULTURA

This museum has the most valuable prehistoric goldwork collection in Ecuador. Most pieces were made by the indigenous inhabitants of our coast. You will see ceremonial pots, snake-shaped bracelets, nose rings, gold pieces that were used on the lips and cheeks, elaborate pins used to fasten clothing, chest shields, ceremonial masks, and earrings. The abundance of gold in the country provoked the greed of the Spanish conquerors, who hoarded vast quantities of this precious metal and sent it back to Spain. This sparked the indigenous belief that gold was evil, being the main cause for the Spanish invasion of their lands. As a result, gold workmanship disappeared. 

There are archeological objects in the museum, such as the “Ocarinas” (clay whistles), stone headrests, molds for gold masks and clay seals, that have an Egyptian influence. There are also many colonial paintings from anonymous authors and from well-known artists of this period (such as Goribar and Rodriguez).

Address: 9 de Octubre 1200 & Pedro Moncayo. Open Tuesday thru Friday from 10h-18h00, Saturdays 9h-15h00. Admission fee: $1 adults, $0.50 children, senior citizens, and students.

13. GUAYARTE

Art, gastronomy, music, and entrepeneurship come together in a creative space! Just by Estero del Salado, Guayarte, the new tourism “spot” in the city.

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Where? It is divided into two areas. One is located in the Carlo Armando Romero Rodas Plaza (in front of the Catholic University of Guayaquil) while the other awaits on the other side of the Zig-Zag bridge, connecting with the University of Guayaquil.

Open: Monday – Sunday 12 pm to 11 pm

14. RIVER MARKET

The first gastronomic market in Ecuador inspired international gastronomy markets such as San Miguel in Madrid. A gastronomic offering that stands by the river cultivates our roots, influences, and vanguard; all expessions of the diversity of our country.

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Where? Av. Malecón Simón Bolívar

15. TEATRO SANCHEZ AGUILAR

The Sanchez Aguilar Theater belongs to a foundation with the same name and it was inaugurated on May 17 of 2014. This theater was born with the purpose to contribute with the cultural growth of the city in all its artistic expression and as a response to the expansion of the highway to Samborondon.

The theater is under the administration of the Sanchez Aguilar Foundation that was established on 1989 with the slogan “To educate is to liberate” and the main purpose to contribute to education. Among other activities, the Foundation granted scholarships to students with limited resources.

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Where? Av Rio Esmeraldas, Samborondón 092301

For more information visit:

https://www.guayaquilesmidestino.com

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