Yat's Big Trip travel blog

Entering the Malecón...

...and greeted by pretty little ilt up waterfalls

If my Dad was here, sure he would have hired me one...

Very bright lighting to make sure people don't fall into the river??

...and illuminating strange floating plants in the river

A nice model of a train, which also offers free internet in...

Bollards of varying height for creative sitting

Magic lights changing colours in the magic fountain

Families enjoying a good workout after a big meal...

Remember these in Putney, Dad???

The "Secret Garden" (lovers not included in pix...)

The long glass sculpture...

With Oxford Brookes University!!

I wonder if people actually read all these names...

...but kids love running through them!

Reaching the end of the Malecón...

A random tensile structure...

The contemporary art museum...

And view of historical Las Peñas up the hill


After a very productive day in the internet café, thought I could treat myself to a walk along the new architectural redevelopment project along the Rio Guayas, the Millennium waterfront promenade known as the Malecón. Apparently it's heavily policed, so would be pretty safe to walk all the way down it even at night.

I entered in the middle of the 2.5km stretch, and walked North (thinking it was South) among many families out playing in the children's playground after a Mother's Day celebration. Looking at the fathers heaving themselves on the exercise bars with their children, reminded me of the exercise areas along the River Thames in Putney, London.

Further down was a Chinese garden area with little bridges and trees creating little private hideaways for rendevousing lovers. Then there was a huge glass monumental piece, with the names of all the people who have helped with the project. On the very front plaque acknowledged all the main players and sponsors. I even found the name of Oxford Bookes University in England!! Excellent! Though I only managed to cover the Northern half, this part was probably my favourite.

At the end was an IMAX cinema, a performing theatre and a contemporay art museum, before it inclines up to Las Peñas, the historial part. As it was getting late, thought that I would get up early the next morning to explore that, and grab some breakfast. Of course, early morning is not quite my strength, and I left Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador with only a few blocks explored....



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