Guayaquil is located at the convergence of the Daule and Babahoyo rivers, just 70 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean, is Ecuador's largest city and is the focus of the nation's economy.
Guayaquil offers travelers a surprising number of sights and activities. It boasts museums, historic neighborhoods, sprawling parks, and of course, the newly renovated waterfront strip, Malecón 2000.
Fueled by a newly discovered interest in attracting tourists and a greater commitment to small enterprise and a
Tour around the modern districts and the colonial area of the City. You will visit its most important project, El Malecón 2000 – which is one of the most beautiful areas of the city. Las Peñas Neighborhood - home to many recognized artists, nowadays, many of the area's 400-year-old houses have been converted into art galleries. A walk through this historic district gives one a glimpse into Guayaquil's past. Then we can visit 9 de Octubre area and Centenarian Park.
Parque del Centenario:
The biggest Park in Guayaquil. It occupies an extension of four blocks, where you can observe a number of monuments, being the one of greater importance the one for freedom; it shows the image of the Ecuadorian heroes. On its surroundings, statues of a minor size represent history, justice and the heroism.
Barrio de Las Peñas:
It was declared a cultural patrimony of the nation in 1982, for being the most representative urban-architectural complex of the 20th century. It is located in the very same place where the city was founded and characterized by its paved streets and their Spanish style wooden houses. The Santa Ana hill - ideal to obtain a panoramic View - and the Guayas river constitute their natural surroundings.
The Jibaros (a tribe of the Amazonia) had the custom to reduce the heads of their enemies, those that after the procedure were left the size of a doll head. Until now, the investigators have not been able to discover the methods and techniques used by the natives. An impressive collection of these "Military trophies" is exhibited in the room located between the Sucre and Pedro Carbo streets.
Other interesting museums are the House of the Ecuadorian Culture (it exhibits Pre-Columbian objects found in the Ecuadorian coast) and the Museum of the Central Bank (an important exhibition of Pre-Hispanic utensils and samples of ceramic and textile).
greater commitment to small enterprise and entrepreneurs, Guayaquil's renaissance isn't complete but signs of improvement are everywhere. The most obvious indication of the city's rebirth is the urban renewal project Malecón 2000. The newly completed Malecón is a collection of restaurants, theaters, and parks along Malecón Avenue, which runs parallel to the Guayas River.