Posted by: pennyinparadise | October 25, 2008

Guayaquil

Guayaquil is the second largest city in Ecuador, and is situated on the Pacific Coast in the Province of Guayas, tucked into the Bay of Guayaquil.

The Provinces of Ecuador

The Provinces of Ecuador

The main feature for tourist visits to Guayaquil is the 2000 Millenium Riverwalk.   This beautiful collection of attractions includes artesan market, yacht club, observation towers, clock tower, freedom monument, riverside restaurant, botanical garden, IMAX theater and Museum of Contemporary art.

Me standing on the Riverwalk

Me standing on the Riverwalk

Clocktower on the Riverwalk

Clocktower on the Riverwalk

Coloinial period government building

Coloinial period government building

On the busy boulevard running alongside the Riverwalk, Colonia government buildings can be seen.

The old citry was built on a hill at the mouth of the river leading into the bay.   A monument to the fort that protected this crucial waterway sits atop the hill.   Pastel colored houses line narrow streets in the Viejo (old) city.

Viejo Guayaquil with Museum of Contemporary Art and IMAX theater in foreground

Viejo Guayaquil with Museum of Contemporary Art and IMAX theater in foreground

Monument honoring Simon Bolivar who freed Latin America from Spain

Monument honoring Simon Bolivar who freed Latin America from Spain

Ecuador has a Navy, Army and Air Force.    They own a Tall Ship on which all Navy cadets must take training to learn the traditional ways of the sea.   When not at sea, this ship is moored at the Riverwalk in Guayaquil.

Ecuador's Tall Ship

Ecuador


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