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Iguana Park, Guayaquil | © Dan / Flickr
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The Top 10 Things to See and Do in Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Founder, Not Your Average American
Updated: 13 July 2017
Guayaquil is not only the largest city in Ecuador, but it is also where the majority of international companies come to do business. It has pockets of modernity and quaint stories of old-time smugglers just trying to make a living in the big city. The city is also home to turn-of-the-century buildings in the neoclassical style, green spaces shared with heat-loving land iguanas, and plazas where locals sit and enjoy the early evening drop in temperatures.
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Malecón 2000

The new Malecón 2000 has become the main attraction for many residents of Guayaquil. In the early mornings and late afternoons, families stroll the gardens or sit and enjoy a slight breeze while sipping on a cool drink. Tourists come to snap photos with the statues of Simón Bolivar and San Martin or with the large Guayaquil sign, each letter about six feet (1.8 meters) tall and decked with the sky blue and white colors of the city flag.

Malecón 2000, Malecón Simón Bolivar, Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Iguana Park

Officially called Parque Seminario, this small green space in the heart of downtown Guayaquil is an attraction for both locals and international visitors. It is home to dozens of land iguanas. They congregate on tree limbs hanging over the path, on the tile bordering the small pond, and sometimes on the park benches themselves. If you want a close-up photo of an iguana, this is the best chance you will ever have.

Parque Seminario, Chimborazo, Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil

Just outside the gates of Parque Seminario lies the majestic City Cathedral. Although a church has been in this spot since the early colonization of Ecuador, this current version was built in the early 20th century in the neoclassical style. Inside, locals, some at prayer and others escaping the heat, sit in the pews lined up with a view of the gorgeous altar.

Catedral Metropolitana, Chimborazo & Diez de Agosto, Guayaquil, Ecuador, +593 4-251-2865

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