Guayaquil City Tour
An early start this morning, as we explore the city of Guayaquil before the hot midday sun appears. Our two local guides are Rocio and Celeste. We take advantage of the lack of traffic and head to the Puente Zigzag-Parque, a pedestrian bridge linking Guayaquil University with the lineal park located in front of the Catholic University. We see lots of birds including spoonbills. Our buses meet us on the other side of the bridge to continue our tour. Next stop is a fantastic viewpoint overlooking the whole city. This also becomes a useful comfort stop, although one of our party can’t open the toilet cubicle from the inside so has to escape under the door. Fortunately, another guest was ready to alert the management! After the excitement we continue our tour and visit Centenary Park, Independence Square, the Rotunda Monument and the Malecón waterfront development, including the beautiful botanical gardens.
We have our first sight of some land iguanas today, albeit ones that stay in “iguana square”, either digging holes to lay their eggs, or hanging in the trees above. We are warned not to stand underneath specific trees unless we’re happy to have an iguana shower!
We also visit the area of Guayaquil famous for making papier mâché figures, ready for New Year’s Eve. There is a tradition here of burning the bad things from the “old year” before the new year commences. Nowadays it’s somewhat more light-hearted than before, so people make figures of politicians or characters they dislike! We are early in the season, but some workshops are busy making all sorts of figures, and Richard and Dawn decide to buy one. We are not sure why, as it is rather large for airline hand-luggage!
The Furlongs Travel hosts are obviously in a spending mood today, because along the Malecon they dash off and buy everyone a nice Magnum Ice Cream too! This has become a Furlongs / Guayaquil tradition, and it always goes down well.
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