Hidden away in the botanical gardens of Parque Histórico, Hotel del Parque feels far from the hustle and bustle of the city: a secluded haven just ten minutes from the airport.
The natural areas, which recreate three different ecosystems over three hectares (7.4 acres), are home to aromatic and medicinal plants.
The wildlife sanctuary shelters a spectrum of exotic creatures, from iguanas and crocodiles, to endangered giant harpy eagles and tiny spider monkeys among the mangroves.
The urban area of Parque Histórico offers a taste of Guayaquil’s past at every turn, with dreamy restored nineteenth century buildings, like the former Territorial Bank property, and the former homes of some of the city’s wealthiest families – all rescued from demolition – as well as fabulous period trams.
Part of the eight hectares (19.7 acres) of Parque Histórico is dedicated to showcasing Guayaquil’s rich cultural heritage: from the vibrant folk dances and theatrical performances to the traditional sweet and tobacco vendors of centuries past.
The park is set on the banks of the hazy Daule River, casting a golden light over the park at sundown. The Daule River joins the Babahoyo River approximately one mile from Parque Histórico to become the Guayas River, the most important river in South America that does not flow into the Atlantic Ocean.