Guayaquil’s Rio Guayas

Guayaquil was steamy after being in the Andes, but a walk beside Rio Guayas gave the illusion of coolness. The entire waterfront was open to the public with water pools, lush vegetation and even a poor toucan locked in a cage.

Toucan, Malecon, Guayaquil
Toucan, Malecon, Guayaquil

Another surprise, was a neem tree along the walkway. What’s so great about that you ask? I know, maybe not much, but it’s a well-known tree in India. It’s the tree Indians once broke a twig off to brush their teeth before the big conglomerates drowned them in plastic toothbrushes.

Neem tree, Malecon, Guayaquil
Neem tree, Malecon, Guayaquil

And another eye opener in the middle of Catholic Guayaquil, was a Muslim clock tower with its beautiful geometric design around the entrance.

Detail of the Islamic clock tower, Guayaquil
Detail of the Islamic clock tower, Guayaquil

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