In Guayaquil, anyone who wants to see the city’s emblem parrot just has to go through a busy avenue in the north of the city, Av. Benjamín Carrión, few blocks away from Dreamkapture Hostel. There it is, with a height of 12 meters, the imposing and picturesque monument to the Guayaquil Parrot (Ara ambiguus guayaquilensis), structured with 70,000 pieces of ceramics. This was inaugurated by Mayor Jaime Nebot on November 8, 2006. In addition to attracting tourists, its objective —in the words of the artist who worked it, Juan Marcelo Sánchez— “was also to protect birds”.
Malecón Simón Bolívar
Malecón is a historical pillar of our town since the city grew from it and it played a pivotal role in the city’s development.
Being this, such an important part of Guayaquilean life, the Malecón 2000 project was created and it is our pleasure to be able to share the colors of our Malecón and within it the colors of the river. Malecón 2000 has become our heart again and we want to share it with all of our guests. You can not come to Guayaquil without visiting it, again or for the first time.
It is divided into sections of the city, which show the variety of our greatness, each Section of the City with a different color and theme.
Giving it a tone of sobriety and as a great ending of Olmedo Avenue, which ends in Malecón, we find the José Joaquíin de Olmedo Monument, the city’s first mayor and one of the revolutionaries of October 9th, 1820.
It is on an allegoric base with cylindrical pools. Next to it is the Union Club, a private club that has been part of Guayaquil since 1927.
On the north end there are 13 varied restaurants, with national and international cuisine and an ample food court where you can eat next to the river in a relaxing and refreshing environment.
Children’s playground and exercise areas
This zone was created for the people that live in the area, but it can be enjoyed by anyone. In it, we find entertainment for all, with games for children, exercise areas, rest areas, restaurants, and bars.
The children’s recreation zone has many activities for the smaller ones that visit Malecón 2000 with their parents, like the Wagon Square and rest areas under the trees that have been kept from before remodeling. The games area has toboggans, hanging bridges, hammocks, carousels, slides, and a skating site.
The food area has two buildings; the first one has a fast food court and on the lower floor, restrooms. The second building is Resaca Bar Restaurant. The exercise zone is equipped with aerobic kits and outdoor exercises and people gather from early in the morning to jog inside Malecón 2000.
This part of Malecón is without a doubt the most beautiful and colorful one. Besides the squares and parks that complete its beauty, we can learn about more than 350 native species of plants.
While you enjoy the contrasting view of the trees, plants, and flowers, you can listen to the birds sing in a space privileged with nature. You can also get a cartoon from a sketch artist, or have some coffee next to the lagoon. For animal lovers, you can see fish, ducks, and geese next to the gardens.
Here we have the Donations Pavilion, a monument dedicated to the voluntary donations made to make this project a reality. There are around 48.400 donors both individuals and businesses that you can find by a computerized system that locates the plaque and row number in which the name is located. The pavilion is illuminated to enhance the 32 glass plaques in which the names are carved.
Next to the pavilion is the IMAX theatre Malecón 2000, the first of its kind in South America. A dome with the latest technology in the projection of movies, exclusive of the IMAX Corporation. It has 185 seats for those who are willing to have the IMAX experience. This building will have the Navy and Nautical Museum.
The Crafts Market is located downtown, and it has more than 170 shops, occupying a whole city block.
Inside, you can find local crafts made out of different materials, pottery, leather, jewelry, paintings among others. Besides Ecuadorian cuisine spots. There are all types of prices and the best crafts. It does not matter what you are looking for, chances are it is here.
The owners of the shops are ready to serve you and answer any questions. It is a must-see place for the variety and uniqueness of the product.
Address: Loja and Juan Montalvo
Opens: Monday to Saturday from 09h00 to 19h00 and Sundays from 10h00 to 17h00
Santa Ana Hill
Is located on the northeast side of town, next to the Guayas River and the traditional neighborhood of Las Peñas.
The hill, formerly called Cerrito Verde is the place where the city was born when it was founded at its bottom in 1547. Legend has it than Nino de Lecumberri named the Santa Ana hill as a thank you to his patron when he prayed to her for his life as he was about to die. A cross with the words Santa Ana was placed on top of the mountain, and since then, it has kept the name.
Currently, the hill is a tourist spot. In 310 meters you have restaurants, coffee houses, art galleries, and craft shops. It has squares and parks and green areas for recreation and rest. And of course, a majestic view of Guayaquil.
From the top you can see, to the north, the intersection of the Babahoyo and Daule rivers (that form the Guayas river) to the south, the downtown area and Santay Island and Duran to the east. To the west, there’s Mount Carmen and the rest of the city.
Santa Ana hill is Guayaquil’s historic past, its charming present and promising future. There are 456 stairs of restaurants, people, services, history, and many more. Every step is in a secure environment and will put you right in the mood for the magic of the place.
Santa Ana Port
On the facilities of the old National Brewery, which land was donated by the Guayaquil City Hall, with an extension of approximately 10 acres, there will be built the new tourist attraction for the city and called Puerto Santa Ana (Santa Ana Port).
It´s going to be a magical and harmonic place, where it will be mixing the formal and the informal; it will be a center for entertainment, recreation, and sport. It will also be built here, a recreational complex, civic plaza, convention center, and a thematic museum related to the production of the beer.
Also, it will have some spaces dedicated to a museum of important people like the singer Julio Jaramillo, the radio talker Carlos Armando Romero Rodas, and the teams of the city Barcelona and Emelec.
The project will be located at the end of the street Numa Pompilio Llona, in the traditional Neiborhood Las Peñas on the hills of Carmen and Santa Ana, it complements with a hotel, offices, restaurants, small businesses, and small boardwalks that will turn it, without a doubt, in the new gathering center for the citizens of this city, the country and the whole world.
Barrio Las Peñas
Las Peñas neighborhood is the city’s oldest neighborhood, and now it’s being restored to show it as once was. Currently, it is the center of cultural activities and expositions. Located next to the river it lightens the city from its side. We continue next to highlight its beauties.
Historically, Las Peñas is the most important neighborhood in Guayaquil. Even if its houses are only 100 years old, their characteristics are like those of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Every house has its own history. Illustrious characters of our town have lived here: politicians, musician Antonio Neumane, presidents Francisco Robles, José Luis Tamayo, Carlos Julio Arosemena Tola, Alfredo Baquerizo Moreno, Eloy Alfaro, writer Enrique Gil Gilbert, historian Rafael Pino Roca, painter Manuel Rendón Seminario, Alfredo Espinosa Tamayo, Juan Montalvo, educator Rita Lecumberry, and even Ernesto “Che” Guevara have all come through Las Peñas. It has also been the cradle of captains of industry, housewives, fishermen, and sailors, and characters that have nurtured everyday life.
In the late seventies, Luis Hidalgo Baquerizo and Eloy Avilés Alfaro were the pioneers in having art expositions there. They showcased young painters, paintings from Quito school, and Monard, Rembrandt, or Renault replicas every July 24 at night. This is just an example of the cultural life this side of town has always had.
Located exactly where 300 years ago was the heart of Colonial Guayaquil, it maintains that classical atmosphere that makes it so special. It is currently known as the Park of the iguanas, because of the lizards that live in it. We invite you to learn more about this park and the many names it has been given.
It was born as Arms Square in 1695 and it was in front of the main church until the latter becomes the Cathedral in 1838, year when some changes were made.
By the mid 19th century, the square held a big eight point star, and it was known for many years as the “Park of the Star”, the main point for civic concentrations, particularly on independence day.
By 1889 and after the actions that started in 1872 by a committee a monument to Simón Bolívar rose in it, and it became Bolívar Square.
It would be mostly a square until 1895, when, thanks to the donation made by Manuel Suárez Seminario, it had benches and fences. And that is how it got the look of a typical park of the 19th century. Inside, time seems to stand still. At noon, the lizards descend from its ancient trees to eat and get some sunlight.
As a token of gratitude the park was recognized as Seminario Park. At the entrance it reads: “This Park was built in 1895 thanks to the legacy of Miguel S. Seminario. The park, on of the few that has not changed”.
Also, here is the monument to the wild hog, which was placed after the inauguration of the Bolívar Statue in 1889. It was a donation of the Chinese Community.
Address: Chile y 10 de Agosto.
Duplicating old Guayaquil, the historical park is a must-see spot for those who visit Guayaquil. It is a place where you can go through a forest and walk through a wooden path that goes through it.
Located in Entre Ríos, on the Guayaquil-Samborondón road, it looks to recreate the way of life of yesteryear with three zones: wildlife, urban – architectural, and traditions and expositions.
This area of 8 hectares is surrounded by all sorts of trees, like the “platanillo” that grows naturally from the Daule River.
There are 28 species of animals living at the Parque Historical in a friendly zoo-like environment. Among the animals are the whitetail deer, raccoons, “lavador” bears, and crocodiles. There are 90 kinds of birds, like the parakeet and the “arpía” eagle.
At the park, you can also appreciate structures that represent the traditions of the coast and it recreates two blocks from early 20th century Guayaquil that represent the old town and have been declared of cultural patrimony.
Tourist information: other points of interest, maps, brochures, city transports, and others.
Open: Monday – Sunday 9:00 – 16:30
Phones:238-2958 / 283-3807
Located: Km 1.5 Via Samborondon y Av. Esmeraldas
Transportation: Taxi or take the Green and White bus #121 from the Terminal Terrestre.
Malecón El Salado
Like it’s better known-brother Malecón 2000, Malecón El Salado is another attractive waterfront renewal project that’s popular with residents. There are several eateries and cafes in a streamlined modern building along the estuary, plus a micro theater named Sala La Bota (tickets $5 to $25) with a funky adjacent coffee shop.
Rowboats can also be rented (one to five people per boat). Locals with kids in tow head to Malecón El Salado on weekend nights to see the ‘dancing fountains’, a choreographed waterworks display at 7pm, 7:30pm and 8pm. The large square just south of the malecón, called the Plaza Rodolfo Baquerizo Moreno, is dominated by a large modernist structure. Expositions and events are held here periodically.