This promenade, being 2.5 km (1.5 mi) long, is the biggest architectonic feature in Guayaquil and the city mainstay. It stretches from the Calle Cuenca (in the south of the city) to “Las Peñas” historical district.
You can enjoy leisure activities in the shopping centers, nature in the gardens and lagoons, as well as culture in the museums and exhibition halls. All of that enables domestic and foreign visitors to enjoy the outstanding landscape of the city. It is divided into different areas, each of which has a different color.
The Malecón del Estero Salado is joined to the Malecón 2000, thus creating one of the main tourist attractions in Guayaquil.
Many buildings such as restaurants and bars stand along this promenade. Here, you can have a coffee or travel by boat along the coast.
This area also includes the Parque de la Ciudadela Ferroviaria, that holds extensive gardens; the Parque Guayaquil which features an exhibition hall; the Assad Bucaram Monument; and the Obelisk surrounded by a lagoon.
The Santa Ana Hill is located on the northwest of the city, dominating the Guayas River. In 1547, the city was founded on this hill. According to the legend, Nino de Lecumberi –a Spanish treasure seeker-, beeing in danger, prayed invoking St. Anna; when he recovered, he placed a cross on top of this hill.
Nowadays, it constitutes a main tourist attraction where visitors can enjoy a wide variety of restaurants and services when climbing up the steps.
The traditional “Las Peñas” district stands on the side of the Santa Ana Hill. It is the most important area in Guayaquil regarding cultural and historical significance. Many important Ecuadorian personalities, lived in its lovely houses. As centuries went by, this district preserved its charm and culture despite the urban development of the city.
This Cathedral in neo-gothic style was built in 1937. After undergoing several fires and great disasters, it was rebuilt. Its majestic appearance, its outstanding stained glass windows (true art works), and its high altar made of marble from Cuenca highlight.
Basilica Menor de la Merced
This Basilica, dating from 1927, is erected where the Church of La Merced was formerly standing. Its neo-gothic – Byzantine style and its high altar covered in gold are the most remarkable features.
Santo Domingo Church
This church is the oldest temple in Guayaquil. It was built in the 16th C and restored in 1938. The walls are decorated with paintings by the famous artist Salas.
It is also known as the “Iguanas Park” since many of these animals inhabit the trees of the park. It was built in 1880 and you can have the feeling that time has not elapsed since then; its structure, its cobbled paths, its arbor, and its wrought-iron grille are remarkable. Located in the park, the equestrian sculpture to Simón Bolívar is particularly outstanding.
Parque Histórico de Guayaquil
This park covers 8 ha, where you can enjoy mangrove swamps, the Daule river, and important diversity regarding flora and fauna. Cultural activities and festivals are usually organized in this park.
Located in the heart of the city, this park is home to several bronze monuments representing freedom. The Columna de los Próceres (Column of the Great Persons), commemorating the heroes of the area, stands in the center of the park.
MAAC (Anthropology and Contemporary Art Museum)
Inaugurated in 2003, this museum is located in the Malecón 2000 and its design resembles a Pre-Columbian ship. It holds exhibitions and research areas. Its collection includes over 50,000 archeological pieces dating from the aborigine Ecuadorian times and over 3000 works of contemporary art.
Casa de la Cultura "Carlos Zevallos Menéndez" Museum
The Museum is divided into two halls; pre-Columbian pieces are displayed in one of them and silver works in the other one.
Founded in 1863, it is the oldest museum in Ecuador. Originally it was an industrial museum. Nowadays, it is divided into 4 areas: archeology, history, colonial art, and modern art.
Cerro Blanco is located nearly 15 minutes away from western Guayaquil; it is a tropical dry forest covering over 2000 ha. It constitutes the habitat of a great diversity of fauna, including howler monkeys, guantas or peccaries, and birds like the red lored parrot, an endemic species. Further, it presents a wide range of flora.
It features an extensive network of natural rocky paths; therefore, you should wear the appropriate shoes to walk around them.
The hotel has 95 rooms: 24 double rooms, 23 junior suites, 24 king rooms, 22 queen rooms, 1 king executive suite, 1 king room for disabled.
The rooms are also provided with table for laptops, desk and ergonomic chair, reclining armchair, hair-dryer, security system, soundproof windows, and ice dispenser every three floors. 75% of the rooms are non-smoking rooms.
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