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GUAYAQUIL  -  ECUADOR


Guayaquil is the capital of the Guayas province located near the coast of Ecuador. The city has some of the best tourist potentials in the nation. From historic or archeological ruins, which can be appreciated in museums, to reserves and locations where fascinating ecotourism programs can be enjoyed.
 

Traditionally a port city, Guayaquil is now focusing on upholding it's nickname as "Perla del Pacifico" (Pearl of the Pacific) where new constructions rise next to the old historic. Modern and tradition can be appreciated around the city but especially in the Malecon 2000, alongside the river, which is full of life, both day and night.

 

After years of apparent standstill the city is currently upgrading it's image and excellent tourism infrastructure is available. The city is visited by business executives and travelers on their way to the coastal waters along the Pacific Ocean or a brief stop prior to their visit to the Galapagos Islands or the Andes region.

 

While in this city enjoy an afternoon walk along the promenade of the broad and murky Guayas River.

 

Main tourist attractions in and near downtown Guayaquil:

 

Along the Guayas River you will find the spectacular 2.5 kilometer long "Malecon 2000" pier. This has become one of the main tourist attractions of the city over the past years. Here you will find a botanical garden, restaurants, bars, shopping, cinemas, night clubs and more. Walking along the Malecon you can also find "Club de La Union", one the most prestigious social Clubs in the city.

 
Close to the end of the Malecon 2000 is Santa Ana Hill and "Las Peñas" neighborhood, surrounded by colorful houses is the oldest neighborhood in town where the city was founded, remains as part of the city's architectonic heritage. Bars, cafes and souvenir stores are all along the way up to Santa Ana Chapel.
 

The San Jose Church is located next to Integration Square and the beautiful Crystal Palace. Monuments such as the Moorish Tower or antique Tower of La Campana, the spectacular Civic Square which is a tribute to Simon Bolivar and San Martin Liberators meeting. Also the Four Towers representing the four elements of the planet: air, water, fire and earth.

 

If you have time to watch an entertaining movie, IMAX is the best choice in town or, for museum lovers, the "Banco Central" Museum (MAAC) is right at the end of the river side.

 

In the downtown area we also find the inspiring Cathedral right in front of "Parque Seminario" or "Parque de las Iguanas" a natural habitat for numerous Iguanas species.

 

A new tourist attraction called "Malecon del Salado", is just located on Avenida 9 de Octubre. A modern architecture design river side also offers lots of entertaining to all visitors, the beautiful "Rodolfo Baquerizo Moreno" Square, surrounded by lakes and gardens. By night the river side offers local fast food square where you find local specialties, bars and elegant night clubs.

 

City Hall, also called "Palacio Municipal", is considered to be the architectural jewel of Guayaquil. Next to City Hall is the Governor's Office Building, built in 1924 totally refurbished and maintained with the original facade.

 

Another tourist icon is the "San Francisco" Church overlooking "Rocafuerte" Plaza, the old church was built in 1603 by the Spanish; it was the third church to be built in Guayaquil.


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