We flew from the Galapagos to Guayaquil. Guayaquil was founded in 1538, and is now the biggest city
with 3 million people. The city was very festive, perhaps because we arrived on
Bolivar’s birthday, or perhaps because the following day was the anniversary of
the founding of Guayaquil.
We walked to the central park, with its statue of liberal devoted to Simon Bolivar
and the founders of Ecuador,
and the Parque Bolivar where excited kids watched iguanas mating in the plaza.
We saw the main Cathedral, originally built in 1547, but now a reconstruction
after it burnt down. Our guide bought lottery tickets at the door and prayed
inside for them to win (he was a terrible guide and acted like a tout). The
waterfront of Guayaquil
is beautiful, with lots of people running around and a perfect path to meander
along. We saw the Presidential Procession as the President arrived in Guayaquil for the following
day’s celebration, and we climbed the 480 steps up the Las Penas, the old town.
We had dinner at an excellent seafood restaurant which did the most amazing
mushrooms in garlic and wine sauce, but we had to leave early as Lydia felt ill.