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Welcome to Guayaquil

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. Explore a city that reflects indigenous art, religion, and colonial architecture discovered within quaint, cobbled backstreets and riverside saunters. 

  1. Guayaquil Metropolitan Cathedral

  2. Seminario Park

  3. Moorish Clock Tower

  4. La Rotonda Monument

  5. Malecón 2000

  6. Museum of Anthropology and Modern Art

  7. Firefighter's Museum

  8. Las Penas District

  9. Santa Ana Hill

Top Attractions in Guayaquil

1. Guayaquil Metropolitan Cathedral

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.

2. Seminario Park

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.

3. Moorish Clock Tower

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.  

4. La Rotonda

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. 

5. Malecón 2000

On the banks of the Guayas is a spacious esplanade that welcomes an evening stroll and retail therapy in a well-stocked 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.

6. Museum of Anthropology and Modern Art

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.

7. Firefighter's Museum

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. 

8. Las Penas District

A vibrant district with a bohemian vibe, Las Penas presents 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. 

9. Santa Ana Hill

A 25-minute walk from bottom to top and standing at 196 feet, Santa Ana Hill provides 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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