Saturday, April 8, 2017

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.
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´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


28 comments:

  1. Hi Emily - what a magnificent place ... I'd never realised there was this enormous harbour/gulf area on the coast of Ecuador - I must have a closer look another day. Fascinating history too ... love it - and yes I'd love to visit ---- one day! Cheers Hilary

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    1. It really is a magnificent place. I did not mention that many of Ecuador´s presidents have lived in the Las Penas neighborhood, too.

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    2. Che Gueverra also lived in Las Peñas for a time.

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    3. I did not remember that. Thanks Anonymous!

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  2. Great post. Love the images you shared here. Well done!

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  3. So glad you climbed the 444 steps for the photo. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. During the climb, there are a lot of historical photos and buildings so plenty of resting spots on the way :)

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    1. Yes, the view makes the steps totally worth it!

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  5. Those iguana are well fed. Great shots indeed.
    Happy weekend
    A Piece of Uganda

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    1. The iguanas are not lacking for food, that seems certain. Thanks much!

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  6. you've seen so many interesting things!!

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    1. Thanks Lisa, I am fortunate to live in a country with so many interesting things at my doorstep!

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  7. That is such an amazing park to visit. I was staggered at the size of the iguanas there and they were everywhere!

    G: Galapagos & Glacier Nat'l Park
    DB McNicol, author & traveler
    Theme: Oh, the places we will go!

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    1. I expected to find a few the first time we visited. I was surprised there were so many.

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  8. My husband and son would love to visit the Iguana Park. They are fascinated by these unusual lizards and animals in general. Climbing up 444 steps to get the city's beautiful view is interesting.

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    1. A morning climb up the stairs for the view, an afternoon in the park with iguanas. What a great day that would be!

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  9. What a lovely place to live.

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    1. I only mentioned three of the Guayaquil attractions. There are many more that I skipped in an effort to keep this short.

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  10. 444 steps! Good workout. Are there stores along the steps or just houses? Maui Jungalow

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    1. Along the steps are stores and restaurants. The homes were included in the restoration project. Many owners turned their first floors into businesses and live on upper floors.

      One cool thing they did was include a photo of homes before restoration on the outside of each. The photos provide nice stopping points, too.

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  11. When we visited Guayaquil we missed the iguana park, but that might have been on purpose--I'm sure my wife would have hated it. We did climb the stairs to Santa Ana Hill. It was at night and the place was packed. We didn't go into any of the busy clubs, but we got a nice view at the top. It was a workout, but we did take it very slow.

    Arlee Bird
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    1. It may very well have been by design, Arlee. During my first visit to Iguana Park, I stood right under a tree and almost got iguana poo on me.

      I have not been to Santa Ana Hill at night. The views must be wonderful.

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    2. I asked my wife about this tonight and she knew exactly what the park was and said that's why she didn't want to go.

      Arlee Bird
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    3. I can completely understand :)

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  12. No thanks to iguana poo but that lighthouse looks amazing.

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    1. The lighthouse and surroundings are very cool - there are old cannons and other weaponry there, too. It's basically like an open air museum showing how the port of Guayaquil was protected from anyone coming up the river.

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