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Guayaquil Ecuador


Guayaquil Ecuador

Guayaquil, the capital of Guayas province is the largest and most populate city in Ecuador. Located on the Pacific coast, it has a tropical climate, and is known as the Pacific Pearl. It is main port of Ecuador, thus, it is a great economic importance to country. Guayas and his wife, Quil. Both of them chose to die before surrendering themselves to the Spaniards.

Francisco de Orellana founded Guayaquil on the skirts of Santa Ana Hill on July 25th, 1534. On the top of this hill you can observe cannons that were used to defend the city from pirate attacks. Few houses preserve their original architectures, with defense walls facing the river. Many of these houses were built at different levels on the hill, very common for the Spaniard and Portuguese. The surrounding of the city offer archeological sites of the pre-Hispanic cultures of Valdivia, Machalilla, Guangala and Manteña.

Although most people fly to the Galapagos Islands from Quito, all flights to the islands either stop or originate in Guayaquil. Subsequently, Guayaquil is the next best place after Quito to set up a Galapagos trip.

Besides being Ecuador's most populous city, the provincial capital is also, by far, the country's most important port. More exports and imports pass through Guayaquil than all other Ecuadorian ports combined.

The gulf of Guayaquil, the river, the monuments, museums, parks, and its exhilarating nightlife re park of the attractions of this city.

Main Attractions

Santa Ana Hill

This unique hill with its charming and colorful houses is located on the northern park of the city, after climbing approximately 500 stairs you will have the opportunity to visit many restaurants, shops and art galleries. There is also small church to visit as well as a light-hose that overlooks the entire city.

Las Peñas neighborhood

Adjacent to the stairways is Las Peñas, the first residential neighborhood of Guayaquil. Its wooden houses hold treasured memories from writes and poets that that inhabited this area. Although it exists since colonial times, Las Peñas was completely destroyed due to a fire in 1896 (El Insendio Grande). It was rebuilt in a neoclassic style. Enjoy a stroll along the charming cobble stoned street Numa Pompillo Llona, full of small art galleries. Here you can also witness the influence of the Pacific Naval Yards from the Spanish colonial times.

Malecon 2000

On this 1 ½ mile waterfront walk you’ll find entertainment, culture and nature! Malecon 2000 includes monuments, museums, gardens, fountains, shopping malls, restaurants, bars, an IMAX theater, as well docks and viewpoints. Malecon 2000 is the largest architectural development in the last century of Guayaquil’s history (total surface is 1945 acres). it runs from Cuenca Street on the south of the city, all the way to Barrio Las Peñas on the north.

La Rotonda

Guayaquil Ecuador, La Rotonda

This historical monument is a spectacular semicircle commemorating the meeting of two Latin American liberators, Simon Bolivar and San Martin, when it was decided that Guayaquil be annexed to the Gran Colombia. The monument was designed and constructed by the Spanish sculptor Jose Antonio Homs and placed in 1937. Form this historical site you can see the Guayaquil-Duran Bridge (the largest in Ecuador).

Malecon El Salado

Smaller than Malecon 2000, this waterfront walk also offers entertainment, culture and nature. At El Salado you find a variety of restaurants and bars to chose from; handcraft shops and entertainment for children. It is located at 9 de Octubre & La Ria.

 

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