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The economic hub of Ecuador, Guayaquil is a port city that fuses the flair of a growing metropolis with bohemian vibes. The rainbow-colored and quaint barrio of Las Penas is the perfect place to begin a stroll in a city where skyscrapers meet rolling hills. While on a Guayaquil vacation, explore this city that reflects indigenous art, religion, and colonial architecture discovered within quaint, cobbled back streets and riverside saunters.
Guayaquil Metropolitan Cathedral
Moorish Clock Tower
La Rotonda Monument
Museum of Anthropology and Modern Art
Las Penas District
Santa Ana Hill
The neo-gothic and twin towered Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaqul is complemented further by its towering creamy exterior, and intricate, pillared interior. Located in the city center and built in 1892, the Cathedral is known for religious processions that take place three times a year (May, September, November) and showcase a devotion to Corpus Christi, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and Christ the King.
Unofficially known as Iguana Park for good reason, the Seminario Park is the perfect place to see the iguanas that live in peace in this breezy park. An arching monument dedicated to the memory of Simon Bolivar provides historic insight in this joyful setting.
The ornate and geometric design of the Moorish Clock Tower stands proudly in the city center and captivates with distinctive motifs and arches. The clock itself, which was imported from England, is a centerpiece attraction. A climb to the top (approximately 100 feet) is rewarded with excellent views of the city.
Built in honor of liberators Simon Bolivar and José de San Martín, La Rotunda Memorial is an emblematic monument that honors Ecuador’s liberation from Spain in 1830. Pillars represent the ten countries of Latin America that were freed by these military leaders and encase the two leaders who stand hands clasped.
If you fancy some retail therapy during your Guayaquil vacation, vist this spacious esplanade and shopping center. Cultural events (rowing regattas, live concerts) take place on the Malecón Promenade regularly, and boat tours provide expansive views of the city from a fresh perspective.
A state-of-the-art museum that celebrates Latin America, this museum houses some of Ecuador’s finest art and artefacts. 50,000 Ecuadorian archeological pieces and 3,000 modern works of art can be found inside a building that has a striking exterior. Integrated programs include year-round exhibitions, a cinema, and scenic art that looks to further educate the city community.
At the Firefighter’s Museum, relics from the past pay tribute to firefighters who served during several fires that destroyed the city. Water pumps, tools, uniforms, and bravery awards are all here for your viewing pleasure, providing a historical insight into the first responders to these devastating fires.
If you’re looking for a vibrant district with a bohemian vibe to visit during your Guayaquil vacation, visit Las Penas to see century old colorful houses set among cobbled streets. Climb the 444-steps that lead to spiraling views across the city. Stop off en route to admire a cathedral, enjoy some local specialties, or people-watch in this charming setting.
When you travel to Guayaquil, climb Santa Ana Hill to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Once used as a lookout point due to its complete visibility, it now illuminates the senses with excellent views of the colorful Las Penas below. It is often referred to by locals as the jewel of Guayaquil.
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