Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Guayaquil, Ecuador

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…..

Iguana Guayaquil

Iguanas in Guayaqil

And wherever there is food to be had, of course there are tons of pigeons!!

Feeding Birds - Guayaquil

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.

Bird resting - Guayaquil

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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.

Guayaquil Cathedral

Inside Cathedral - Guayaquil

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.

Boardwalk - Guayaquil 2

The Guayas River flows along boardwalk.

The River - Guayaquil

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 . . .

Steps - Guayaquil

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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…..

The Fevalas of Guayaquil

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..

Notion Store - Guayquil

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 ! ! !

zippers - Guayaquil

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7 responses »

  1. Hi there my friend. I think those pictures are spectacular. And wandering in the fabric district. MMmmmmm!! I would have loved that. It was nice to see your avatar for the short time you were on. We miss you being here, but love the trip you are giving us.m Have you been able to do any knitting? I take a sock class next Saturday. Had to have the ribbing done before class and we will work on the heel first class. Then we knit to the beginning of toe decrease and learn toe finishing. Sounds so easy. NOT! Stay sweet, and keep up the good travelogue.

  2. I would have been torn…shop sewing notions or yarn or maybe both. What an exciting adventure you are on. A trip of a lifetime. And we are so lucky we get to have alittle taste of your adventure. Have fun and we miss you.

  3. I continue to be amazed by the quality of blogging some members of CC are doing and I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to come along on this fabulous journey with you. Wish I could contribute to your computer time fund.

  4. Yup I am drooling!

    Hey, when you get back I hope you can email me some pix to use with my students… We just did our unit on the Galapagos and iguanas! Luv you photos!

  5. Nina!! Everything is absolutely stunning! My goodness I want you to stay on vacation so we can see the world through your eyes! 😀

    I’m so happy you and Kal are enjoying yourselves. Everything is absolutely beautiful!

    Hugs!!!!!!!

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