Sunday, August 21, 2011

Iguana Park

Parque Seminario is often overlooked on a visit to Guayaquil, but I suggest that you don’t miss it. My little critter friends will be waiting for you at the Iguana Park!

Right across the street from the park is “Catedral de Guayaquil” (Cathedral of Guayaquil), which is simply breathtaking with its graceful spires. You can catch some of the history of Guayaquil, see a statue of Simon Bolivar or play with the iguanas in the park.

The iguanas hang from trees, sunbathe in the middle of the sidewalk, and even pose for pictures—if you ask! The only thing you can’t do is feed the little creatures. As tempting as it might be, they are well cared for by the “park rangers” who don’t take kindly to the fact that you want to share your ham sandwich with them.

The park and the cathedral were all decked out with wreaths and flowers when we were there (July 25th) which was “Founder’s Day” for Guayaquil. It wasn’t great timing on our part to be “alone” with the iguanas, but they didn’t seem to mind all the fanfare, crowds and parades.

Iguanas blend in so well with their surroundings that they can sometimes creep up on you, so be sure to watch your step!

Until next time…hasta luego!

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