Guayaquil, Ecuador’s Malecón 2000 is one of the top attractions in the city. Residents and tourists alike visit the Malecón 2000. It’s a boardwalk overlooking the Guayas River.
The Malacon 2000 is long and narrow, it’s about 50 yards wide and about a mile and a half long.
“During the 19th century people started to gather around this place, gradually expanding its extension as years went by and it became a focal point of early social life in the young city.
Over several decades, the boardwalk fell into disrepair with several areas of it eventually falling into the river itself by the mid-to-late 1980s. By this time it was also regarded as a very unsafe place, as many thieves, muggers and cutpurses took advantage of the cover provided by overgrown foliage and poor illumination to hide and wait for possible victims. Drug dealers and prostitutes also used to frequent the area at night during its most dangerous period.”
It’s all been redone as part of an urban renewal project and today it’s a very nice and safe Guayaquil attraction with fountains, gardens, places to eat and a ton of things to do for kids.
You can read more about it’s history here.
Guayaquil, Ecuador’s Malecón 2000 is also home to Ecuador’s only ferris wheel and the biggest ferris wheel in South America. It’s 187 feet high and takes 12 minutes to complete one revolution. This just recently opened. When I shot the pic below it was still under contruction and the seating hadn’t been added yet.
There’s a tall ship that’s permanently anchored that you can crawl around on and a Henry Morgan Pirate Ship that you can take a cruise around the river on.
Henry Morgan looks like a Booze Cruise and if you’ve ever been to the Mexican Caribbean you’ve seen this before, plenty of alcohol and loud music. It’s a party boat.
This was my first visit to Guayaquil and I took the bus through the Cajas National Park from Cuenca. The bus trip alone was worth it and the scenery going through the Andes is spectacular.
I spent two nights in Guayaquil at the Sheraton Quayaquil. It’s a four star hotel but comparable price wise to Hampton Inn in North America. It’s close to the bus station and airport and great for a layover before or after a long trip by bus or plane.
Just in front of the Sheraton is a pedestrian walkway that goes over the highway and ends at the food court on the second floor at Mall del Sol. Mall del Sol is the biggest mall in Ecuador and like the Malacon 2000 is also a major attraction. The Sheraton Guayaquil can’t be beat, it’s got it all including a great location.