"Guayaquil - The 'Pearl of the Pacific'" Top 5 Page for this destination Guayaquil by namastedc

Guayaquil Travel Guide: 150 reviews and 479 photos

Guayaquil is a hot tropical city. While not the tourist mecca of Quito, it offers plenty to keep you busy for a few days.

The friendly, approachable demeaner of the Guayaquilenos will make you feel at home in no time at all.

Iguanas Everywhere!

Most tourists to Guayaquil will visit the famous 'Iguana Park' in the center of town (about 2 blocks West of the Malecon 2000). This park is impressive only because of the hundreds of giant iguanas who seem to have no fear. These beasts walk around completely unfazed by the gawking tourists.

It's even possible to pose with an Iguana, that you are petting or feeding (a banana works best), without losing a finger.

However, you don't need to go to that park to see the iguanas - they can be found virtually everywhere you might go in the city. Just look for the telltale iguana droppings under trees in any park (don't stand under these trees for too long!) and if you are patient and have a good eye, you will see one sunning on a high branch.



The city government of Guayaquil has been working hard to improve the image of the city, and there are a number of new sites to show for these efforts.

The Malecon 2000, on the Rio Guayas, is the most famous - it is a 2km boardwalk area along the river that is safe, beautiful, and full of things to do (gardens, museams, theaters, shops, food, etc.)

The other places I would recommend to visit are:
Malecon Salado
Parque Historico on Sanborondon
Cerro Blanco (West of the City - and not a municipal project)
Botanical Gardens

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  • Sep 30, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    We were carjacked by a yellow taxi driver from the restaurant Parillada Nato near the airport at night, led to an armed robbery and we were dumped at a remote spot. cabbie pretended to not be involved but it was too obvious.

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    Jul 20, 2007 at 4:59 AM

    Hi, Thanks for the info on guayaquil. I have an old friend living there, so I need to make the trip. Also, planning to come to Bangkok for first time this fall. Take care, Rob

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    May 21, 2007 at 9:12 PM

    Things must have changed, since this tip was written, because I don´t recognize this description. Most of the yellow taxis are rather new, and clean. Also the drivers of the yellow taxi´s are generally more helpful and friendly than Amigo Taxi drivers.

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    Nov 5, 2006 at 10:55 AM

    Great tip...it may sound like an understatement, but Habitat for Humanity is a great cause indeed:)

  • Dec 3, 2005 at 7:41 PM

    Great pages even for someone familiar with Guayaquil

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    Sep 30, 2005 at 12:03 AM

    Intereting page! Best wishes.

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    Jun 17, 2005 at 6:20 AM

    Damon- good reading. I am too slow to do my Quito page, but will do at least something today! Good weekend! Reza

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    May 12, 2005 at 3:57 AM

    Las Penas and Malecon 2000 are the highlights of this intriguing city..

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    Mar 29, 2005 at 5:49 PM

    Acabo de regresar hoy de Guayaquil y ya quiero regresar. Muy bonita ciudad. Lo envidio.

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    Nov 11, 2004 at 7:40 AM

    Living in Guayaquil and no pic yet ??? Hope to see more really soon !!! Cheers

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