Guayaquil - City Tour, Seminario Park & Museum
This informative ‘highlights of Guayaquil’ overview begins by motor coach along the architecturally-rich 9 de Octubre Avenue, which arrives at a favourite destination of the locals – Centennial Park – a green area that honours the heroes of Guayaquil’s Independence.
Continue to the unusual Bolivar Park, also called the “park of the iguanas”. Here, we have an opportunity to see the colourful iguanas roaming around the park undisturbed and perching on the tree tops! We continue to the South Market in Malecon 2000 to visit the Integration Plaza and artisans market, the Union Club, and the first fort of Guayaquil where a statue of Jose Joaquin de Olmedo (first major of Guayaquil) stands in front of the Guayas River. Continue through the Malecon Simon Bolivar to our next stop: the Civic Plaza. Visit the Moorish Tower, the City Hall, and the Rotonda Monument.
Our introduction to the city includes a visit to the Municipal Museum of Guayaquil and its well-preserved collection formed by more than 12,000 pieces. The museum also offers diverse archaeological exhibitions with approximately 2,000 objects that belonged to the pre-Columbian cultures of the coast and the sierra; art collections and objects from the time of the colony like paintings, portraits, coins, and medallions, among others. All of them perfectly distributed along its four rooms: Pre-Hispanic; Colonial; Religious Art and Numismatic.
Continue on towards the north and the Santa Ana hill, which is home Guayaquil’s oldest neighbourhood – the Barrio of Las Peñas. Here, the homes have been beautifully restored with brightly coloured paints and design details. This visually arresting neighbourhood is home to various local artists. Many of the residents of this area are ‘old timers’ and are happy to engage in conversations about the history of the Barrio, offering guests a chance to learn about the society and customs in Guayaquil in years gone by.