Guayaguil, Ecuador is the largest city in Ecuador, with 2 million people.
We heard that they never had a cruise ship visit them, so we sailed into their commercial port.
The port was a riot of activity. I never saw so many boxes of bananas being loaded anywhere. Truck after truck was unloading into a warehouse directly across from our ship. We were told not to walk around the pier, since there was all kinds of machinery and we might get hurt.
We were shuttled in, like usual, to a lovely square in the center of town known to the locals as the Iguana Square since there are a huge amount of iguanas living in the square. At certain times of the day municipal workers come out and feed the iguanas. It’s a strange sight to see dozens of iguanas, many of them over 3 feet long, lying around up in the trees, stalking and sneaking up behind you. It’s not a good idea to walk under the trees in the Iguana Park…..
And wherever there is food to be had, of course there are tons of pigeons!!
This man must be “The Bird Man of Ecuador”. He had tons of bird seed in his pocket, and the birds just flocked to him.
Since the birds and iguanas seem to share the area, they are very comfortable with each other.
Across the way was a beautiful cathedral. South America is full of churches and cathedrals since most people are Catholic. South America was discovered by the Spanish in the early 1500’s, and all of 16th Century Spain was Catholic.
The municipal government of Guayaquil is trying to clean up the city. They have built a lovely boardwalk along the riverfront where there are restaurants, statues of founders of Ecuador and Guayaquil and museums and parks. We walked along the entire length of the boardwalk, which is about a 2.5 mile walk. It was lovely.
The Guayas River flows along boardwalk.
At the end of the boardwalk is a staircase leading up to the first neighborhood of Guayaquil, called the Barrios neighborhood. It’s a 456-step climb to the neighborhood. No way after a 2.5 mile walk I was going up those stairs just to come back down and walk another 2.5 miles back to the bus ! ! !
Each stair was numbered so you can tell just how much farther you have to go ! ! ! Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing ! ! Is that psychological torture or what ??? Below are just-under-100 first steps . . .
The steps lead to this neighborhood!! Look at the beautiful colors the houses are painted. They do that so that the police can identify the right house during a raid ! ! The favelas (neighborhood slums) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil look like this…..
On the way back we took another route and ended up in the fabrics district – one fabric store after another. But there was a notions store I just had to take pix of..
I don’t remember who complained about not getting enough zippers.. This store seemed to have every kind of zipper ever made, and in every color ! ! !