This tour of Guayaquil will take you through the charms of the port city.
Aerial view of the city centre of Guayaquil.
Words, Photos & Maps: Jairo Cabrera.
Through this tour of Guayaquil discover its secrets on a journey that will take you through the most iconic and valuable places of the city. The Guayaquil tour takes you to live a memorable experience.
This tour visits: Guayaquil Cathedral, Parque de las Iguanas, Malecón 2000, Las Peñas and ends at the modern Puerto Santa Ana. This tour allows you to visit a lot of traditional historical and cultural places that Guayaquil has and are key to visit. Whether you are just looking for an excursion or want to know in depth the charms of this South Pacific city.
We hope you enjoy your tour and your stay in Guayaquil. On the river you will be able to see the influence of various Italian artists and architects in the city during the republican era, the golden age of the Cocoa Boom as well as its transformations up to the present day.
Visiting downtown Guayaquil.
The tour starts at the Metropolitan Cathedral which is located on Chimborazo and Clemente Ballén streets. Visiting hours are: Monday to Friday at 08h00 and 18h00. Saturdays at 09h00 and 13h00. Sundays at 16h00.
The route goes through the Seminario Park or also known as iguana park where you can appreciate the colourful iguanas walking on the branches of the trees. The history of the city and the Costa region can be appreciated in the Municipal Museum, visiting hours are: Tuesday to Friday: 08h30 to 16h30; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10h00 to 16h00.
When you go along Pedro Carbo Street to Clemente Ballén Street, where the street joins the Administration Square, you can visit the Nahim Isaías Museum. Visiting hours are: Tuesday to Friday: 08h30 to 16h30; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10h00 to 16h00 and contemplate important buildings such as the monument to Antonio José de Sucre, the Palace of the Government, the Fragua de Vulcano, and the Palace of City Hall.
Walking by the Guayas River.
Continuing along the route you reach the Malecón 2000, here you can see on 10 de Agosto street, two eternal city companions: the Guayas River and the Torre Morisca or Public Clock. The route along the Malecón is accompanied by bars, restaurants, pools that have existed since colonial times. There are also very important landmarks, one of them is La Rotonda, which remembers the meeting between Simón Bolívar and San Martín. Continuing towards the north you can visit Jardines del Malecón and then you will find the Centro Cultural Libertador Simón Bolívar which houses the MAAC, the anthropological museum that houses the largest number of archaeological pieces in the coastal region of Ecuador.
Visiting Las Peñas neighbourhood and Puerto Santa Ana.
It is about 100 metres from the MAAC to the colourful Barrio Las Peñas on the Cerro Santa Ana, this heritage site is reached along the street Numa Pompilio Llona that connects Puerto Santa Ana. Here you can see the most modern architectural area of the city.