Iguana Park - Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Guayaquil – Iguana Park and other free attractions #AtoZChallenge

Guayaquil is Ecuador´s largest city with over 2 million residents. It is known as the gateway to the Galapagos – anyone flying to the Galapagos connects in Guayaquil.

There are many free attractions for visitors to enjoy. Three of my favorite are Iguana Park, Malecon 2000 and the Las Peñas neighborhood.

Seminario Park (Iguana Park)
Iguana Park is a great destination for iguana and people watching. The park has lovely trees, walking paths and a fish pond, all enjoyed by iguanas. Be sure to look up periodically because there are iguanas in the trees, too.

Iguanas
Iguana Park

Simon Bolivar Pier (Malecon 2000)
Popular with morning joggers and afternoon families, Malecon 2000 is a beautiful 2.5 km (1.5 mi) waterfront boardwalk. It includes gardens, sculptures, parks, restaurants, and an IMAX theater. Visit on July 25 for the anniversary of Guayaquil´s 1538 founding.

Guayaquil Malecón
Guayaquil´s anniversary on Malecon 2000

Las Peñas Neighborhood
Walk to the north end of the Malecon 2000 and enter 400 year old Las Peñas, the oldest neighborhood in Guayaquil. Climb 444 steps to the top of Santa Ana Hill for a spectacular view of the city.

Guayaquil's Las Peñas 444 numbered stairs
444 numbered steps
View from Guayaquil's Santa Ana Hill
View of Guayaquil from Santa Ana Hill

 

Lighthouse on Santa Ana Hill painted Guayaquil colors
Lighthouse on Santa Ana Hill

 

2017 A to Z Challenge - G

 

Emily is a US Expat in Ecuador. She grew up on a Minnesota farm, worked in IT in California's Silicon Valley, then moved to a coastal Ecuador fishing village. Emily's goal is to share Ecuador with you, one snippet at a time. Topics include attractions, compassion, ecotourism, Ecuador products, everyday Ecuador, and flora and fauna. Please let Emily know what you would like to read more about!

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