View from the room of 'Iguana Park'

in the heart of Guayaquil

Iguanas who live in the park facing the hotel

Guayaquil´s Municipality

Church known as 'San Francisco'

View from the Guayas river of the buildings in the Barrio 'Las Peñas'

View of the Hotel Continental from the Guayas river

Malecon 2000

View of the Guayas river from the hill 'Santa Ana'

Barrio 'Las Peñas'

City attractions

Iguana Park

The Seminario or Iguana Park is a small, public park located in the Rocafuerte area in the center of Guayaquil, in front of the continental hotel. A fabulous equestrian statue of Simon Bolivar can be found in this park as well as a great variety of iguanas.

The Seminario park borders on the north with Clemente Ballen and Diez de Agosto by the south, as well as Chile street on the east and Chimborazo on the west after undergoing renovation specifically for those on foot since it connects the park with the Guayaquil cathedral.
 

The Guayaquil Cathedral

The Metropolitan Cathedral was consolidated as the second temple and number one ecclesiastical parish in Guayaquil, also referred to as the main church existing from long ago as a small hut, handled by the Santo Domingo priests who were the first to settle in these parts, between 1541 and 1542, at which time the city´s foundation was consolidated. 

In 1662 due to several fires and pirate invasions, the church was destroyed and therefore there is no parochial file correspondent to the old church. Around 1695 it is transferred to the new city and becomes a cathedral. In this location it has endured almost 300 years with only certain architectural modifications due to successive remodeling brought about mainly towards the end of the 19th century. The church was rebuilt with the present gothic style in 1948, glass windows and a marble altar. The present structure is a far cry from the one it had in its inception.
 
During your visit to the important catholic temple you will observe three aisles with the light coming through huge stained glass windows. Pillars criscross at the highest point within the vault in cone shapes. The structure consists of a central aisle, a lateral one and one located behind the main altar. In the back part two pointed towers stand, and a central aisle topped by a dome where a statue of Christ blessing Guayaquil is located.
 

Municipal Palace

The Guayaquil Municipal Palace, known also as Guayaquil city hall, is the mayor´s see in Guayaquil. Jaime Nebot Saadi is presently the mayor of the city discharging his duties from this place. 

It is located in the center of the city in the block delineated between the Malecon Simon Bolivar, Pichincha, Clemente Ballen and Diez de Agosto. We can also locate the Governorship right next to the Municipal Palace.

Outside the Mayorship you will find sayings in latin, beautiful stucco figurines and ever-watchful condors. Columns and their 
 

Malecon 2000

Malecon 2000 is an urban renewal project, correspondent to the old Malecon Simon Bolivar boardwalk extending for some 2.5 km, where crowds can enjoy museums, gardens, fountains, commercial centers, restaurants, bars, food courts, the first IMAX cinema in South America as well as piers, where boats can be boarded for day and nighttime excursions, along the Guayas river, lookout points and various other attractions.
 
Malecon 2000 was conceived and initiated during Leon Febres Cordero’s tenure as mayor after four years as president of Ecuador and was, from the beginning, designed to revaluate the Guayaquil commercial center by creating the proper space for urban renewal. Thanks to its leaders, both in the public and private sector, who had faith in the project’s feasibility, this purpose has been achieved receiving a multitude of visitors, both local and foreign, who admire and enjoy the personal safety and beauty of one of the city’s most frequented spots.
 
Malecon 2000 is a public area in which a visitor can display various activities, alone or with the family and which combines modern architecture with historical legacy, nature and the natural romantic setting of the Guayas river which has allowed the common citizen to identify, look after and instill in others the belief that the Malecon 2000 belongs to the city.
 

Las Peñas Neighborhood

Las Peñas is one neighborhood which has withstood the test of time in Guayaquil, beyond architectural evolution and urban transformation; herein its beauty and patrimonial value. At present it has all the elements necessary to be considered a nexus of continuity between that history written with reed binding, wood and tiles and the contemporary predominance of iron, cement and glass. 
Each house has its own history. Illustrious men in both the political and cultural sphere lived here such as Antonio Neumane, the musician, presidents Francisco Robles, Jose Luis Tamayo, Carlos Luis Arosemena Tola, Alfredo Baquerizo Moreno, Eloy Alfaro, Enrique Gil Gilbert, the writer, Rafael Pino Roca, the historian, Manuel Rendon Seminario, the painter, Alfredo Espinosa Tamayo, Juan Montalvo, Rita Lecumberry, the educator and even Ernesto “Che” Guevara passed through this neighborhood and gave out free pediatric services among its people. People in industry, housewives, fishermen and sailors, in short people who make-up the fabric of everyday life in a city, also lived here.
 
Around the later part of the sixties Luis Hidalgo Baquerizo and Eloy Aviles were the first to have art showings in Las Peñas. They would exhibit the work of young painters, paintings from the Quito School and reproductions of Monard, Rembrandt of Renault, every 24th of July, at nighttime. This is merely an example of the intense cultural life this neighborhood has always entertained.

Las Peñas is one of the few historical legacies this city possesses and it´s peculiar architectural style, its narrow street and its houses by the river with two fronts make it a striking tourist destination. Every July it becomes a showpiece for culture and art as reflected by the artists who live there as well as cultural manifestations expressed every year on this date.
 

Santa Ana Hill

Santa Ana Hill is located northeast of Guayaquil, by the Guayas River and next to that most-traditional Las Peñas neighborhood. In watchtower manner it overlooks the mighty Guayas River and the plains where Guayaquil stands.
 
The hill, formerly referred to as “Cerrito Verde” (green hill) or “Cerro de la Culata” (butt hill) is the place where Guayaquil city began definitively in 1547. As the legend goes Nino de Lecumberri, spanish treasure hunter, called out to Santa Ana when in mortal danger. Grateful, he placed a cross on the top of the hill inscribed “Santa Ana”, a name which became a substitution for Cerrito Verde.
At present, the Santa Ana hill is a focal point for tourism in Guayaquil. Within 310 meters restaurants, cafes, art galleries, cybercafes and handicraft shops can be found. Small squares and green areas for rest and recreation are instrumental to its most important facet which is a majestic view of Guayaquil.

From the top you can see the imposing intersection of the Babahoyo and Daule rivers which make up the Guayas river; and the commercial downtown area to the south, the Santay island and Duran to the east and Carmen hill to the west as well as the rest of the city.
Santa Ana Hill is located northeast of Guayaquil, by the Guayas River and next to that most-traditional Las Peñas neighborhood. In watchtower manner it overlooks the mighty Guayas River and the plains where Guayaquil stands.
 
The hill, formerly referred to as “Cerrito Verde” (green hill) or “Cerro de la Culata” (butt hill) is the place where Guayaquil city began definitively in 1547. As the legend goes Nino de Lecumberri, spanish treasure hunter, called out to Santa Ana when in mortal danger. Grateful, he placed a cross on the top of the hill inscribed “Santa Ana”, a name which became a substitution for Cerrito Verde.

At present, the Santa Ana hill is a focal point for tourism in Guayaquil. Within 310 meters restaurants, cafes, art galleries, cybercafes and handicraft shops can be found. Small squares and green areas for rest and recreation are instrumental to its most important facet which is a majestic view of Guayaquil.

From the top you can see the imposing intersection of the Babahoyo and Daule rivers which make up the Guayas river; and the commercial downtown area to the south, the Santay island and Duran to the east and Carmen hill to the west as well as the rest of the city.

The Santa Ana Hill is Guayaquil’s historic past, it´s charming present and promising future. Four hundred and fifty six steps filled with attractive restaurants, people, services, history and much more; every step upward or downward, in a safe environment will put you in contact with the magic in this place.
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