Your springboard to the wonders of Ecuador
Just ten minutes from Guayaquil’s award winning José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport, Hotel del Parque is located in the exclusive riverside San Borondon neighbourhood. In Hotel del Parque guests can discover tranquillity in the heart of Guayaquil, the thrumming port with its dynamic mix of old and new. Ecuador’s biggest city and home to trade, its lifeblood the boats rolling down the Guayas River, its history steeped in pirate attacks and rebellion. The charming restored Las Peñas neighbourhood juts up above the city, its painted bars and cafés winding steeply up the Santa Ana hill, topped by its lighthouse and chapel. The modern boardwalk known as the Malecón, a world-renowned urban renewal project, stretches along the river Guayas taking in many of the city’s icons. Dotted along the waterfront are riverside restaurants and cafés, as well as the planetarium, Anthropological museum, and Contemporary Art museum.
The Parque Seminario thrills visitors with its clusters of dinosaur-like iguanas hanging off the trees.
Accessed by boat, or by bicycle across the fabulous new bridge, the award-winning wetlands of Isla Santay are criss-crossed by eco trails.
The hotel is a stone’s throw from one of Ecuador’s most beautiful and active theatres, the Teatro Sánchez Aguilar.
Ecuador: Four Worlds, One Country
The hotel’s location makes it the perfect springboard to explore Ecuador’s “four worlds” of attractions and experiences. The colonial city of Cuenca, the stunning “Avenue of the Volcanoes”, rides aboard the historic railroad, or the pristine beaches along the Pacific Coast’s “Ruta del Sol” lie within easy reach. Further, but still remarkably close, the biodiverse wonders of the Amazon extend east of the Andes.
The Galápagos Islands
The mysterious archipelago 1,000 km (600 miles) off the Pacific Coast of Ecuador is considered one of the world’s most stunning examples of wildlife protection and conservation. Inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution following his visit in 1835, the islands are home to unusual creatures like marine iguanas, flame-red crabs, and blue footed boobies – all of whom show no fear of Man. Below the surface of the sea the crowds of tropical fish, sea lions, penguins, sharks and turtles make diving an unparalleled experience. Explorers can stay in stunning eco hotels or aboard luxury yachts.