So, little did we know that the mayor of Guayaquil would be hosting a full-service dinner to all the senior citizens of his city during our visit. Stretched out for 2 kilometers along the street that runs along the Malecon was a continues table of venerable citizens. As a part of an annual Christmas holiday celebration a multi-course feast was served out to eager recipients, by immaculately dressed professional wait staff, while the mayor strode from table to table shaking hands, hugging and having photos taken. It was really cool.
Only a small section of the Malecon was closed, where the catering tents were set up. And you could actually walk around there if you wanted to, but it seemed you'd be in the way, so we didn't. However, I got to enjoy the park and it was gorgeous.
First, you appreciate the location of the park. It is along the Guyas River, running north to south, with views of the Isla Santaya to the east, Las Penas hillside neighborhood to the north and Plaza Jose Joaquin Olmedo to the south. Second, you really appreciate the craft and quality in designing and building this park. It has multiple levels, many themes and spectacular natural and man made elements. There are wooden bridges and shaded trails that merge with pleasing modern plazas and nautical themed structural elements.
There are security guards and policemen throughout the park, as well as security cameras and plenty of lighting. In Ecuadorian fashion, there are people making out all over the place. It was fun to count silently how long they could liplock until they had to come up for air.
If you are visiting Guayaquil or on your way to Galapagos and you are laying over, make sure you visit the Malecon Park. It is inspiring.
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