A traditional park in downtown Guayaquil

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In the center of Guayaquil, opposite the beautiful Metropolitan Cathedral, is no small park called Seminar, which by the presence of more than fifty iguanas that have made their habitat facilities, many people today know what Parque de las Iguanas.

the park in Guayaquil

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The park itself is located between the streets north Clemente Ballen, August 10 south, Chile to the east and west and Chimborazo is more the old city.

Compared to other parks in the city, the extension of the seminar is not park of many dimensions, about 4.350m2 comprises. Tourist interest is aroused by its location, its history, to preserve their traditional image and now by the presence of iguanas, squirrels and pigeons, who are a pleasure to live among the trees and plants of the place.

These animals, especially iguanas and squirrels have become so accustomed to dealing with human sin itself a fear about taking from the hands of visitors from the food that they offer and even these sometimes even seems to pose for the of cameras and video.

A traditional park in downtown Guayaquil

Photography by ms.akr

Plaza Mayor:

In 1688, north of the city, the area of what is now the Plaza Colon, at the foot of Cerro Santa Ana, opposite the place where the first church built another parish that had Guayaquil, where the church is now Santo Domingo, was the space for the square, how was the custom of the Iberian conquerors created each time without a future settlement that would become city itself.

Later, when the city was moved south to the area called sabaneta, the main square was moved and settled in its present location. In 1695 it was known under the name of the Plaza de Armas.

On July 24, 1889 another was erected in the center of the square an equestrian statue of Simon Bolivar and therefore, has since been renamed to Plaza Bolivar, which continued until 1895, when, after remodeling done by a generous financial donation Miguel Suarez Seminar citizen and their families, the township township, dated August 6 of that year, as a gesture of gratitude imposed the name of Parque Seminario, reopened with the name after the renovations.

Other names that have been awarded to the park is through the years, this is the Parque de la Estrella, because its floor paved a great star representatives of eight points. For many years the park was rather traditional holiday celebrations each October 9 Independence of Guayaquil recalled.

Attractions in place:

Among the traditional attractions of the park perimeter fences are counted, the ornaments, the gazebo, the lanterns and a small pond in which they live some fish and turtles. Similarly, in its vegetation has some varieties of fruit trees, almond trees, crotons and palms.

Draws the attention of visitors the statue of two fighting boar, magnificent work created by French sculptor Virgilio Chaudejeaug, which was donated by the Chilean colony. The statue is located on the southeast corner of the park at the confluence of the streets Chile and August 10.

In the area of giving to the streets to Clemente Ballen and Chimborazo there is a roundabout, which, unfortunately, is not known who was its creator or by what date was made, although it is thought that this was approximately 1882.


Photography by MeRyan

Statue of Bolivar:
In the heart of the park itself you can see the statue of Simon Bolivar on horseback. This work itself was from the July 24, 1889, which paid tribute offered by the Venezuelan liberator style cause of independence of the territories of the Royal Audience of Quito, Ecuador that later formed the.

Parque de las Iguanas:
A few years ago were brought to the park some iguanas to live there because the city had no special place to have them. At first they were a few, but then, reproduction and possibly carried by some citizens, their number was increased and now spend the fifty.

The curiosity aroused the presence of large numbers of iguanas has taken place in recent years that the park is called Parque de las Iguanas and that is the name now commonly known. No one can imagine that these animals, with the passage of time, everything would become a tourist attraction in downtown Guayaquil and many domestic and foreign tourists themselves would circle is the place to witness the fact of the coexistence of beings animals and human nature in this place.

In a small swimming pool, located at the northwest corner, some fish and turtles live in different sizes, one of which today are seen sunning themselves on rocks sleepy.

Enjoy your day in the park in Guayaquil!

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