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Guayaquil City Tour with Parque Historico (Wednesday to Sunday)


Itinerary

We will pick you up in the morning from your hotel and start the city tour by visiting the Seminario Park, a very popular meeting point for young Ecuadorian lovers. Furthermore this little park is well-known for its land iguanas which laze about in the trees, catching the sun. We will visit the Cathedral, built in classical gothic style and then we move on to Guayaquil’s famous wide, tree-lined waterfront, “el Malecon”, that runs alongside the river Guayas.

Next stop will be the historic local government buildings, the “Palacio Municipal” and then the “Palacio de Gobernacion” (the Government Palace). Right in front of this palace is the Moorish clock tower “La Torre Morisca”, which was constructed in 1843, and with a little effort climbing its steep stairs, we can enjoy the views across the city. La Rotonda, another historic monument, is a statue that marks the meeting between Simon Bolivar and Jose San Martin in 1822.

The old district of Las Peñas, a vestige of old Guayaquil to the north end of the Malecon, is a picturesque neighbourhood built on the Cerro Santa Ana hill on the edge of the river; climbing another steep stairway amid the brightly painted wooden houses, we will gain a different perspective of Ecuador’s largest city. We continue our visit with the Historical Park of Guayaquil. Anyone interested in wildlife, architecture, or Ecuadorian history and culture will surely appreciate a visit to the Guayaquil Historical Park. The park was established by the Central Bank of Ecuador to preserve the culture, customs, and history of Guayaquil and the Ecuadorian coast. Set on eight hectares (nearly 20 acres) of land between the Babahoyo and Daule rivers, the Guayaquil Historical Park is an enjoyable day trip for adults and children.

The Guayaquil Historical Park is separated into three distinct sections, each tailor made to educate visitors on an important part of Ecuadorian history. The Wildlife Zone is home to plants and animals; the Urban Architecture Zone preserves historical turn-of-the-century buildings; and the Traditions Zone celebrates the cocoa-producing culture of the Ecuadorian coast.

The Wildlife Zone of the Guayaquil Historical Park has a collection of over 50 birds, mammals, and reptiles, plus many plants and insects. Four different ecosystems of Ecuador are represented in the Wildlife Zone: mangrove forest, flooded plains forest, tropical dry forest, and drizzle forest. The Wildlife Zone is home to mammals such as monkeys, deer, two-toed sloths, and tapirs, along with birds such as macaws, parrots, and toucans. Some plants and animals on display are endemic to Ecuador, while others are exotic. Several species in the Wildlife Zone are on the extinction list.

In the Urban Architectural Zone visitors are transported to the "golden age" of the streets of Guayaquil. Entire historical buildings were transported from their original location to the Guayaquil Historical Park, where they have been reconstructed and restored.

The Traditional Zone of the Guayaquil Historical Park contains exhibits dedicated to celebrating the agricultural and rural lifestyle of the Ecuadorian coast. The focus in the traditional zone is on cocoa, a commodity for which Ecuador was once the world's leading producer. Around the turn of the 19th century, Ecuador provided 20-25 percent of the world's cocoa, but crop disease and an economic crisis after World War I devastated the cocoa industry. Also in the Traditional Zone are mini-plantations that demonstrate the cultivation of tobacco, sweets, and other crops produced in Ecuador. There is also a traditional handicraft center, and a hacienda where visitors can witness the production of cocoa from plant to finished chocolate. A variety of traditional snacks is also available to be tasted.

We will pick you up from your hotel and then drive to the Guayaquil Historical Park which is located 20 minutes from the center of Guayaquil and bring you back after the visit of the park.
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Prices 2017 per person

With minimum 2 people:    67.- USD per person
With 1 person:                  123.- USD

In the price included:
All transfers with private transportation, entrance fees, Bilingual guide (Spanish/English – German – French – Italian); Duration ca. 5 hours.

Not in the price included:
International flight, airport tax for international flights, meals, personal expenses, tips, beverages, travel insurance.

If you make reservations for a group, for several concurrent services or on certain dates we are usually able to offer special prices on these occasions – Please contact us!

NB: Please read all itineraries as a guide only. All routes and programs can change without notice due to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety reasons and the wildlife encountered during the travel. Flexibility is the key to the success of any tour. Nevertheless the safety and the interest of our passengers is always our first priority.


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