Guayaquil, a city at full rhythm, the city that never sleeps because of its commerce, its people and the hectic life of its inhabitants.

I left from Santa Elena to Guayaquil and after approximately 2 hours of travel we arrived to Guayaquil and after that we drove to Samborondón where the Historical Park of Guayaquil is located.

The historical park was created in 1997 next to the river Daule, a thematic park of educational, cultural, recreational and touristic character where we will find the history and culture of the city of Guayaquil in the time of the colony and beginnings of the Republican life of Ecuador.

Once we arrived in Samborondón we set out to find the park, after that we found it, we proceeded to park and enter. Nowadays there is no cost to enter, you just register and start our tour.

A few metres from the entrance on the right-hand side we found the parrots. On our way we found parrots that had been kept in the zoo because they had been injured and could not be returned to their habitat.

All along the way we encountered sloths, turtles, snakes, guantas, tapirs, iguanas, monkeys, lizards, ocelots, coastal crocodiles, raccoons, spectacled owls, as well as a mangrove forest.

All these animals were in a similar habitat to each other and were in good health.  At the end of the walk, we enjoyed the variety of animals and we started to enjoy the architecture of Guayaquil with the buildings that were built in the city of Guayaquil and that were moved to the historical park. Among these houses we have the Julián Coronel house, the Territorial Bank, the Lavayen Paredes House known as the Green House and the Hospicio Corazón de Jesús that stands out for its beauty making the tourists know the urban life of Guayaquil in the past.

We can appreciate an urban carriage that was the means of transport of old Guayaquil, it is a replica of the one that was used in 1866 which was pulled by mules or horses and where tourists can take pictures.

In addition to the above-mentioned sites, we will find a pier where people will be able to take boat rides along the river.

As we continue our tour through the park, we can find eating areas and playgrounds for the younger children. An area where we will be able to observe the houses made of cane and wood, typical houses of the cocoa area and the countryside of our country. We will find a variety of aromatic, medicinal, fruit and industrial plants.

Almost at the end of our tour we can find the cocoa plantation where there are performances of artists emulating life in these areas as well as folk dances.

A park that you will love and enjoy with your friends and family, a place that you always hope to return to and enjoy the charms of old Guayaquil and its river.

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