Guayaquil and the Pacific Coast

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  • 1. Malecón 2000

    Promenade

    Guayaquil's riverfront promenade anchors the city's rebirth. After years of neglect, the 26-block street has been transformed into one of the...Read More

  • 2. Museo Antropológico y Arte Contemporáneo

    Museum/Gallery

    If Ecuador doesn't spring to mind when someone mentions art, a visit to one of Guayaquil's most impressive museums might change that. Ecuadoran...Read More

  • 3. Museo Nahím Isaías

    Museum/Gallery

    The Nahím Isaías Museum is one of the country's truly fabulous institutions. Each year about 500 pieces of the astounding permanent collection...Read More

  • 4. Parque Nacional Machalilla

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The 136,850-acre Parque Nacional Machalilla is in the extreme southwestern corner of the state of Manabí, and was created in 1979 in an effort...Read More

  • 5. Casa de la Cultura

    Museum/Gallery

    A large replica of a raft is in Bahía's Central Bank Museum, which displays archaeological artifacts and costumes. Rafts were built without...Read More

  • 6. Catedral Metropolitana

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The twin-spired cathedral, which looms over the western edge of Parque Seminario, is actually one of the city's newest houses of worship....Read More

  • 7. Cementerio General

    Cemetery

    Also called Ciudad Blanca, the General Cemetery is one of the city's most impressive sights. More than 200 mausoleums, all in elaborately carved...Read More

  • 8. Cerro Santa Ana and Las Peñas

    Neighborhood/Street

    Until 2002 this neighborhood, Guayaquil's oldest, at the foot of Cerro Santa Ana (Santa Ana Hill) was a seedy barrio of ramshackle houses where...Read More

  • 9. Iglesia de Santo Domingo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Guayaquil's oldest church was founded by the Franciscans in 1548. Near the historic Las Peñas neighborhood, the simple colonial structure was...Read More

  • 10. Isla Corazón

    Island

    The name of this place just a short boat ride from town translates as "Heart Island." First you'll stop at an off-island welcome center to see...Read More

  • 11. La Rotonda

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Imposing marble columns form the backdrop for statues of the men who liberated most of the continent, Simón Bolívar and José de San Martín....Read More

  • 12. Malecón

    Promenade

    Open-air restaurants and shops front the city's pleasant oceanside promenade, which leads north and south from the cruise-ship docks. ...Read More

  • 13. Museo Banco del Pacífico

    Museum/Gallery

    Just a block from the waterfront, the Pacific Bank Museum has rotating exhibits of archaeological discoveries, as well as a permanent collection...Read More

  • 14. Museo Casa de la Cultura

    Museum/Gallery

    The Museum of Culture features prehistoric stone and ceramic artifacts discovered on La Plata Island off the coast from Guayaquil. There's also...Read More

  • 15. Museo Centro Cultural de Manta

    Museum/Gallery

    Yet another museum operated by Ecuador's Central Bank exhibits artifacts from the Pacific coast's pre-Inca indigenous Manta culture. ...Read More

  • 16. Museo Municipal de Guayaquil

    Museum/Gallery

    While the Municipal Museum of Guayaquil has many interesting archaeological exhibits, the biggest draw is a collection of tsantsas, or shrunken...Read More

  • 17. Parque Histórico de Guayaquil

    City Park

    There are three sections to this park: the Architecture Zone, with colonial buildings dating to 1886 (they were restored and moved here); the...Read More

  • 18. Parque Seminario

    Plaza/Square

    This lovely square, the heart of the city since it was inaugurated in 1895, is known by many names. Because it has the almost obligatory statue...Read More

  • 19. Torre del Reloj Público

    Clock

    The Moorish style clock tower, constructed in 1770, is one of the city's most enduring landmarks. Inside is a small exposition of photographs...Read More

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