Parque Historico Guayaquil, Guayaquil

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Get a glimpse into how the city looked a century ago at Parque Historico Guayaquil, where you can also get to know local traditions, rural customs, and native wildlife. Stroll along elevated pathways through banana plants, a dry tropical forest, and mangrove trees, and observe birds, reptiles, and other animals in their natural habitat. See old farming tools and learn about the life of farmers who worked the rice fields, coffee, cocoa, and banana plantations during the "cocoa boom." The courtyard of a restored hacienda serves a stage where costumed characters play out the 19th-century routines of daily life. Taste some of the traditional dishes at an old-fashioned bakery. Use our Guayaquil trip builder to visit Parque Historico Guayaquil on your trip to Guayaquil, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 16, 2017
    This walk brings you first through an animal park, showing the creatures that shared the old city surroundings. For lovers of ancient architecture, the second part of the park has restored buildings o...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    I love this park, because it is super quiet and in addition to that you can learn many things so much of the culture, traditions, architecture and nature in one place and that is something great
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  • August 14, 2017
    A few minutes from the Centre of the city, on the banks of a broad river, it is a set of attractions that are worth visiting. Includes a natural Zoo with tropical animals, living in their own simulated environment, free, some (such as the Parrot of Guayaquil and the hoatzin, with endangered) and explanations by naturalist guides. Also a House of finance, where will dramatize the rural customs of yesteryear and appreciate about cocoa and coffee trees. And reconstruction of houses, late 19th century and early 20th, wood and large windows, brought disassembled from Guayaquil. In this sector is a beautiful Catholic Chapel and a small luxury hotel, that is worth knowing, and entering a cup of coffee with a humita, corn wrapped in banana leaf cake Zaruma.
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  • August 7, 2017
    We read review on this and we expected something better. All the shops were closed and we had to get permission to go round the zoo which was reasonably interesting. Check that it is open before you go
  • July 31, 2017
    Absolutely nice place. A lot of history in a single visit. Love it and I strongly recommend visiting it.
  • May 7, 2017
    Free entry. Beautiful macaws. Cute otter and many more animals. Beautiful green pathways and lots of small crabs can be seen under the wooden path. Must see zoo.
  • June 13, 2017
    Nice little zoo and some great historic buildings. Enjoyed a lot!
  • July 11, 2017
    It's a beautiful parque to see nature and animals, very kid friendly, and well maintained !!

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Guayaquil's sprawling layout means its center isn't strictly defined, with accommodations spread throughout several neighborhoods. To enjoy the most iconic Guayaquil setting, stay in the riverside neighborhood of Las Penas. For easy access to public parks and some of the best attractions in Guayaquil, stay in the bustling district of La Bahia. If you want a more suburban experience, look farther north to the neighborhood of Simon Bolivar.
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