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Guayaquil Activities & Attractions

Fulfilling Corporate and Leisure Travel

Browse our guide to Guayaquil activities and businesses to ensure a fulfilling stay here at Grand Hotel Guayaquil. Located in the city’s finance and commerce center, numerous must-see places are within easy access, such as Malecon 2000, the city’s main cathedral, Iguana Park and much more.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Guayaquil

Originally built in wood in 1547, the cathedral has been rebuilt several times. The present neo-Gothic style building was inaugurated in 1948 and showcases impressive glasswork windows and a marble altar, transported from Cuenca. The cathedral is located on Chimborazo and Clemente Ballén streets, opposite Simon Bolivar Park.

Iguana Park

Situated on 10 de Agosto Avenue and Chile Avenue, the park, which is also known as Seminary Park, is home to many iguanas, some of which approach five feet in length. Both tourists and locals can feed the iguanas mango slices bought from park vendors. There is also a pond filled with Japanese Tilapia and an equestrian statue of Simón Bolívar is located in the center of the park.

Malecón 2000

Walking distance from the hotel, Malecón 2000 is home to several of the greatest historical monuments in the history of Guayaquil as well as museums, gardens, fountains, shopping malls, restaurants, bars, food courts and the first IMAX theatre in South America.

Santa Ana Hill

En el Cerro Santa Ana, cañones y fuertes permanecen como recuerdos de la historia de Guayaquil. El ascenso a este centro turístico se inicia en las escalinatas Diego Noboa rodeado de casas de colores ... y si usted puede subir los 444 escalones hasta la cima de la colina de Santa Ana será recompensado con la mejor vista panorámica de Guayaquil. Al caer la noche, la luz del faro ilumina la zona de cafeterías, restaurantes, galerías de arte y pequeñas plazas.

Las Peñas Neighborhood

As the oldest area of the city, Las Peñas is home to wooden houses and cobbled streets dating back to the 1500's. The crown jewel is Plaza Colon, where the cannons that guarded the city against pirates can still be seen. Las Peñas is best in the evenings where visitors can enjoy cozy bars, cafés and restaurants.

General Cemetery of Guayaquil

This cemetery is strangely one of the most beautiful activities in Guayaquil, with outstanding sculptures made of white marble influenced by Italy. A stretch of palm trees leads to the grave of the past president, Vicente Rocafuerte.

Parque del Centenario

The largest park in the downtown area of Guayaquil, the Parque del Centenario occupies four blocks. Its main feature is the monument to the heroes of the Ecuadorian independence and is surrounded by other monuments representing history, justice and heroism.

Parque Histórico

Full of exciting activities, the Parque Histórico is divided into three zones: the Endangered Wildlife Zone, which houses 45 species of bird, animal and reptile in a semi-natural habitat; the Urban Architecture Zone, which has a restaurant and showcases the development of early-20th-century architecture in Guayaquil; and the Traditions Zone, which focuses on local traditions, with emphasis on rural customs, crafts and agriculture.

Nahím Isaías Museum

Once the private collection of philanthropist and collector Nahim Isaias Barquet, the museum’s 2,500 paintings and sculptures tell the fascinating story of Guayaquil from the pre-Hispanic era to the arrival of the colonists.

El Morgan Ship

Step aboard a replica of the Henry Morgan pirate ship and set sail for a scenic 2-hour cruise on the Guayas River.

Anthropological and Contemporary Art Museum

Located at the end of the Malecón 2000 riverfront promenade, this art gallery features Ecuadorian works ranging from 10,000 B.C. to the present day. In addition to the exhibits, the museum stages photo exhibitions, movies, shows and concerts in the theater or film library and has an outdoor space for street theatre performances. 

Municipal Museum & Library

Located on Calle Sucre between Chile and Pedro Carbo, this museum provides a fascinating glimpse at the history and development of Guayaquil from its days as a hub of Amazonian civilization through the Colonial Era and the struggle for freedom to the formation of the republic to how daily life in Guayaquil has evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries.  

Rocafuerte Plaza

Dating back to the end of the 19th century when it was the site of bullfights, executions and religious celebrations, this beautiful square today surrounds a statue of Ecuadorian statesman Vicente Rocafuerte with lush gardens and trees, fountains and a dazzling nightly light show. 

Artisan & Crafts Market

The Artisan & Crafts Market features 280 colorful stalls showcasing the works of local artisans and craftsmen.