Ecuador’s biggest city and the “Pearl of the Pacific”, is the nation's
main sea port. Guayaquil is on the west margin of the Guayas River,
which flows into the Gulf of Guayaquil in the Pacific Ocean. Guayaquil
is at 2.21°S 79.90°W, about 250 km south-southwest of the capital of
Ecuador, Quito. Guayaquil is the capital of the Ecuadorian province of
Guayas. It has recently under-taken massive urban renewal projects
(which are focused primarily on attracting tourists to the city) on a
scale nearly unmatched in South America. The gulf of Guayaquil, the
monuments, parks, museums, the River Guayas, its modern concept and
the exiting nightlife are part of the attractions of this city.
The Malecon 2000, an ultramodern promenade along the waterfront, has a
nice contemporary art museum, a large garden area, an area for kids,
and a shopping mall, this large park is the biggest architectural
development in many centuries in the City of Guayaquil.
Malecon del 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.
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. Here is the city’s first church, Santo Domingo
(1548) and the nearby open-air-theatre, the Bogota.
Parque el Centenario
It is located at the heart of the city and is also one of the largest
in Guayaquil. There are bronze monuments, which represent heroism,
justice, patriotism, and freedom. One monument representing the man
who fought for independence was designed by a Spanish Sculptor,
Agustin Querol, and built by Jose Monserrat in 1818.
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