Guayaquil is an important city in Ecuador in which tourism is increasing thanks to the many attractions it has. In this article, we show you which tourist places you should visit, ordered from least to most interesting.

They are ideal to go, alone, as a couple or with children. Whether you are going to be alone for a day or weekend, or if you plan to stay longer, these are the places that you cannot miss:

15. Botanical garden

The Guayaquil botanical garden was inaugurated in 1979 and in its five hectares of extension a total of 324 plant species meet, in addition to different birds and butterflies. It is open every day from 08:00 to 16:00.

14. Municipal Palace

The Municipal Palace is located where the Town Hall used to be, where in 1829 the Act of Guayaquil's independence. It was built in the XNUMXth century and is in the Renaissance style.

13. Hemicycle of the Rotunda

The Hemicycle of the Rotunda is also called Monument to the Liberators Simón Bolívar and San Martín. This commemorates the meeting in the city between these two people, in the episode known as Guayaquil interviewIn 1822.

12. Forest Park

The Forest Park has a total of 10 hectares and in its interior we find a lake of 450 meters, as well as the Teatro Centro Cívico Eloy Alfaro, founded in 2009. In the past, this area was occupied by a racecourse.

11. Malecon del Salado

Since 2009 we can enjoy this boardwalk in which there is no lack of gardens and viewpoints. It's open everyday from seven in the morning until twelve at night.

10. Historical Park

The Guayaquil Historical Park has recreations of traditional architecture, as well as rural and urban life that we found in the past. It is open every day and the entrance is participation.

9. Metropolitan Cathedral

The Metropolitan Cathedral, whose official name is San Pedro CathedralIt was built in the XNUMXth century in the same place where the first church in the area used to be. It is in the neo-gothic style.

8. Lake Park

If you are looking for a great natural space in the surroundings of Guayaquil, a good option is the Parque Lago National Recreation Area, 20 km from the city. It has 40.600 hectares and, among the fauna that can be observed in it, there are a total of 160 species different birds

7. White Hill

Another of the most outstanding natural areas that are located near Guayaquil is the Cerro Blanco Protective Forest. In it we find specimens of the lemon green macaw, a bird found in Danger of extinction. If you want to know other threatened species, we recommend the following article: List of the 15 most interesting endangered animals.

6. Malecon 2000

The Malecón Simón Bolívar or 2000 is a riverside promenade that has lush gardens and a wide range of restaurants. In it is the famous Clock Tower, dating from the XNUMXth century.

5. Centennial Park

The Centennial Park is an important area of ​​the city that was inaugurated in 1920 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the independence of Guayaquil. In the center of it we can see the Column of the Próceres. In this video you will find some interesting facts about the place:

4. Santay Island

To access the Isla Santay National Recreation Area, you have to cross a bridge 840 m long, although you can also go by boat. About 200 people live on this island.

3. Santa Ana Hill

Cerro Santa Ana is about 60 meters high and is one of the best viewpoints in the city. You climb to the top through the Diego Noboa staircase, which has 444 steps. At the top there is a lighthouse and a chapel.

2. Iguanas Park

Although its official name is Seminary Park, this area is better known as Iguanas park, since it is full of animals of this species that can measure up to one meter. As we can see in this photo, they are calm and harmless.

1. Las Peñas neighborhood

Las Peñas is the first neighborhood which was formed in the city in the 1896th century. Its wooden houses were destroyed in two fires in 1902 and XNUMX, but they were rebuilt.

In this video you can learn more interesting facts about this curious neighborhood of Guayaquil:

At first, the inhabitants of the neighborhood were artisans and fishermen. However, later luxury estate houses were built. Very prominent people have lived here in Ecuador, including eleven former presidents of the country.

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