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What to do in Guayaquil – Ecuador ?

June 30, 2020 Stephanie Frias
Guayaquil during the night

Santay Island National Recreational Area

Santay Island Guayaquil

Access: the visitor can access the Island by foot, by bicycle or by the river. The access for pedestrians and bicycles is through a bridge located in Guayaquil, in El Oro Street, next to the river.

The tourists can take boats that are anchored in the docks of the Yacht Club of Guayaquil to access the Island by the river, which is located diagonal to the Municipal Palace (Palmeras de Santay Cooperative).

The Island was not only recognized locally, regionally and nationally, but for its ecological characteristics and for the dedication of the population to the conservation, it was recognized internationally as a Ramsar place, award that highlights the importance of these ecosystems as fundamental for global conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

The Island is home to 85 bird species, 12 reptiles like the boa and the iguana; mammals like the raccoon, the anteater bear and the bat. Catfish, sea bass, tilapias, which are used for consumption and sale, form the aquatic fauna. Species like the black mangrove; guachapeli and Saman trees (endemic species) can also be appreciated.

 

El Velero Bridge 

Velero Bridge Guayaquil

A milestone in the urban aesthetics of Guayaquil, standing out as "The most beautiful bridge of the country".

It has an architectural design of modern style that simulates the shape of a sailboat and the natural surroundings of the Salado Estuary. At night, it offers great splendor, when its sails of canvas and fiber optic cable system illuminate in blue.

Seminario Park

Seminario Park Iguana Park Guayaquil

The existing park was built in the XIX century, in 1868, which had a huge eight-point star, reason why the park was called Plaza de la Estrella (Star Square). In 1889, the equestrian monument to Simon Bolivar was built and the place was renamed as Plaza Bolivar (Bolivar Square). By then, philanthropist Manuel Seminario made an important donation to renovate the park that took the last name of the illustrious citizen.

Also known as Parque de las Iguanas (Iguana Park) for the large population of iguanas in the place, it has a natural charm because of the tress and artificial lagoon in which swim different colored fish.

THE IGUANAS, A NATURAL ATTRACTION

The iguana is classic specie from Guayaquil and is visible in different areas of the city. According to biologists, they settled in the early days of the city, during the colonial times, because water, mangroves and willow trees surround the city, whose fruits are their favorite food. The parks are filled with their presence due to their proximity to the river and because people did not pursue them, since it is not edible specie in our diet.

Seminario Park is also known as the Iguana Park, since dozens of iguanas live in its ornate gardens. According to the tourists they give a prehistoric and natural ambiance to the Park. The reptiles that measure up to 1 meter in length are the main attraction of the Park and mingle amiably among the people.

Centenary Square

Centenary Square

It was inaugurated in October 9 of 1920, as the pinnacle work of the celebration for the commemoration of the 100 years of Guayaquil’s independence.

The square, one of the largest of the city, has 8.875 square meters and follows the traditional architectural detailing of the Sacred Woods of Classic Greece.

It has several attractions in which statues of great value stand out, which are surrounded by beautiful gardens.

The monument called “The Column to National Heroes”, crafted by Spanish sculptor Agustin Querol is located in the center of the Square, which pays tribute to the heroes of the independence deed of October 9 of 1820 that marked the local emancipation.

There are different statues in every gate of the square, each one with great symbolic significance. The “Fountain of the Lions” is located at the southwest corner of the Square. 

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