Things to see and do in Guayaquil. Is it as dangerous as they say?

Before telling you the things to see and do in Guayaquil. I'll tell you the story of his name.

 

A story created by a brave warrior, his beautiful wife, a love story and a very noble act by the conqueror who defeated the Hualcavilcas. The town that dominated this coastal region of Ecuador where the Guayas River empties.

 

Let's try to put ourselves in situation:

 

In 1492, as you know, the Christopher Columbus expedition discovered America for the new world. Although in reality America had always been there, and it was not a discovery as such, but an INVASION!

 

Leaving this clear let's continue ...

In 1534 Sebastián de Benalcázar founded the city of San Francisco de Quito, on December 6. After his successful victory against the Incas his intention was to head to the Ecuadorian coast to found a city with the name of Santiago.

 

You will have heard that: "Behind a great man there is always a great woman"

In this case it was not going to be different, the Cacíque Guayas was accompanied by an authentic warrior and beautiful woman named Quil. Together they resisted Spanish rule and never surrendered to the colonisers.

 

Benalcázar failed in his attempt due to the courage of the Hualcavilcas who continuously destroyed the Spanish settlements led by the brave Cacique Guayas.

 

Unfortunately they could not withstand the Spanish siege for a long time. The two were captured.

 

Guayas to secure the release of both promised the Spanish riches hidden in a hill that only he knew. The Spanish avaros accepted the deal and Guayas took them to hiding. Now known as the famous "Cerro Santa Ana" from where you can see the entire city.

 

Once there, Guayas asked for a dagger to raise a stone that hid the promised riches. The surprise! The true intention of Guayas.

 

With the dagger Guayas he pierced the heart of his beloved Quil and then he crossed his chest saying these words.

 

"The river was stained with blood of my brothers, I took Quil to accompany me to the land of the Sun"

 

These were really the two treasures that Benalcázar took. The courage of Guayas and the beauty of Quil

 

General Sebastián de Benalcázar that on the day of the Apostle Santiago and in memory of the brave Guayas and his beloved Quil, founded the city on July 25, 1538 with the name of "Very Noble and Very Loyal City of Santiago de Guayaquil"

 

Today known only by Guayaquil.

 

Things to see and do in Guayaquil. Iguanas Park, Seminario Park or Parque Bolívar

 

In the downtown area of ​​the city is this peculiar park and my first stop exploring the city. Located at the junction of Chimborazo Street and August 10.

 

On behalf of the park is a faithful recognition of what happens in the park. It is full of Iguanas, which are fed with lettuce and other green leaves. They even fight with another inhabitant very number of the park and many other parks such as pigeons.

 

Here you have a small video so you can see one of the feasts that are given.

Just in front of the park is the Cathedral of Guayaquil, which I invite you to visit if you do not suffer from Stendhal syndrome or traveler's stress, well known and suffered by many especially in the city of Florence where it originated.

 

Things to see and do in Guayaquil. Malecon 2000

 

Continue walking two blocks "blocks" on the street 10 de Agosto in the direction of the river. You will find a splendid building of the Municipality of Guayaquil, "it would be like the town hall of the city or the alcandia".

 

You can go around this building to see the administration square and some pedestrian streets. Cross Malecón Simón Bolívar street and you will arrive at the authentic Malecón. It is a pedestrian zone, with parks, fountains, places to eat or drink something and some shopping centres.

 

The 2.5 kilometre boardwalk is a nice and safe place. In it you will find the famous Clock Tower or "Morisca Tower".

 

Called thus by its windows with arch of door that remember to the Moorish style. If you want you also have the possibility to climb to the top of the tower.

 

You will meet the famous character and representative of the city "Juan Pueblo" created by Peñaherrera in a public contest to choose an image of the city. You can find it in different parts of the city.

 

I saw it on Cerro Santa Ana and also near the Moorish tower.

 

Following the Malecón towards the north, if you are lucky like you, you can take a picture with the letters of Guayaquil, Monument to Simón Bolívar and San Martín, Fire Monument (It is a multi-level tower that acts as a viewpoint)

 

Another attraction of this Malecón is that it also has a giant ferris wheel in the style of large cities such as London's "London Eye".

 


Things to see and do in Guayaquil. See authentic Galapagos "Giant Turtles"

 

One of the things that very few tourists know is that in Guayaquil you can also see giant and free giant tortoises.

 

If you can not go to the Galapagos Islands to see them in their place of origin do not miss this opportunity they are impressive.

 

Just walk to the end of the Malecón in the Las Peñas neighbourhood is the Polytechnic University. Entering the garage you will see a park and there you will find giant tortoises.

 

Before entering, I greeted the guard and went straight to the park. The same confused me with a student, the thing is that I let myself in.

 

You can also do the same. The truth that is worth seeing this animal that is capable of living about 200 years.

Things to see and do in Guayaquil. Santa Ana Hill.

 

This is the famous hill with which we began to know the things to see and do in Guayaquil.

 

A magical place that you do not have to miss, remember that the treasures that Guayas promised to Benalcázar were hidden there.

 

It is also magical by the Spanish soldier Niño de Lecumberry, who saw his life in danger of death. To free himself I invoke Santa Ana. Once his objective was achieved and once he was safe from death, he placed a cross with the legend "Santa Ana" on the top of the hill.

 

Changing its original name of "Cerrito Verde" or "Cerrito de la Culata" by "Cerro Santa Ana"

 

There are not many steps that you have to climb up the steps of Diego Noboa, they are exactly 444 steps. During the climb you will find small squares, museums, craft shops, bars, restaurants and even an art gallery.

 

At the top you will find the Chapel and the Lighthouse from where you can see almost the entire city.

 

This place is not only magical for all the history you have but also because every day you can admire some great sunsets and see a giant sun. Remember that we are in the equator and therefore a little closer to the sun.

Things to see and do in Guayaquil. Salty Malecon

 

It is one of the university areas of Guayaquil,

 

A part of this university area, there is the Polytechnic where you can see authentic Galápagos and the area of ​​the ESPOL "Escuela Politécnica del Litoral" is a university campus of the best in Ecuador and is now public.

 

I know this area because I had the opportunity to give talks about travel and digital business at the University of Tourism and the Science and Mathematics.

 

In another post I will talk about my experience giving talks at universities and colleges. At the moment if you want to start at the beginning and learn how to make a blog step by step, then do not miss this post.

 

If you already have a blog then you are sure you are interested in knowing the novice errors that you have to avoid in your blog

 

Things to see and do in Guayaquil. Pelucones neighbourhood.

 

This is the neighbourhood of the rich, but more than a neighbourhood is an area or canton that is very close to Guayaquil but does not belong to the district of Guayaquil.

 

It is formed by closed urbanisation of upper middle class and pulling to very high, where security at the entrance stands out as soon as you see it. Security guards, barriers to prevent the passage of any unauthorised vehicle.

 

Walls with wire on top to avoid intruders, in some cases I saw even high voltage cables. You can find a lot of Mall (Large shopping centres)

 

Why is it called "Pelucones"?

 

It is a very particular name, funny and derogatory, that the old president Rafael Correa gave them. He compared all these rich with the European nobility of the eighteenth century. In this century people wearing wigs were considered people with money or important.

 

In fact another one of the name as it is known to this zone is "Guayami", due to its proximity to Guayaquil and its similarity with all the architecture of Miami.

 

If you are a tourist or a backpacker, the truth is that I do not recommend anything that you visit this place. It is artificial and gives you the feeling that you are in another country. I went because an acquaintance of mine gave me a tour to show me the differences that exist in this city.

Things to see and do in Guayaquil. Curiosities of the city

 

There are so-called liquor stores, where you can buy alcohol much cheaper. Do not think they serve you cubatas or at least I did not see it. They serve you beer, you buy the bottle and they put it in a plastic cup so you can drink it.

 

Now comes the funny thing, it is not allowed to drink either inside the store or outside the store.

 

The trick is that you can drink on the street but you can not sit still in a place drinking, you have to be walking.

 

They can fine you if you're still drinking in one place. This intrigued me so I continued to investigate. It turns out that it is because if you are walking you do not create groups with your friends or colleagues, in reality this makes sense.

 

Even so, it seemed a bit ridiculous law. I just walked around in circles as I drank my beer. 😛

 

As part of the traditions, in Guayaquil almost daily rice is eaten with stew, rice with mashed potatoes, salted meat and chicken.

 

Another thing that many people do not know, is that one of their soccer team is the Barcelona Sporting Club one of the best teams in Ecuador.

 

It has nothing to do with Barcelona in Spain. In fact in Guayaquil it is said that one is from the pronounced "Barse" and in Spain it is said that one of the "Barça"

Things to see and do in Guayaquil. It's a safe city?

 

One of the things I wanted to check in this city was if it is really as dangerous as it is said. So go for the day and night as if you were an inhabitant of this hot city.

 

The truth is that I did not see the danger in any of the areas that I moved, perhaps because I did not appear to be a tourist, perhaps because I went through safe areas or maybe because I followed the recommendations of the locals I met.

 

Maybe it was the last thing that saved me from getting into trouble.

 

I always tried to go through areas with people, not to enter the marginal areas of the south of the city, those if they are dangerous and especially what I did 

 

was to mix with local people thanks to the community of travellers called couch-surfing.

 

 Travel and know a city in the hands of locals.

 

If you do not know this community and you like to travel, read the following article to write to tell you all my secrets and Couch-surfing tricks that I use to ask for a couch without being rejected.
 

Conclusion: Do not go to marginal and poor areas that are located south of the city and do not go by areas that give you bad spine either day or night and you will not have any problem.

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