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.
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´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.
|444 numbered steps|
|View of Guayaquil from Santa Ana Hill|
|Lighthouse on Santa Ana Hill|