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Finally a comlete thread about my native city - Guayaquil. Please re-visit this as this is only the beginning of tons of pictures of great projects.
All pictures were taken from flickr.com

Guayaquil had always been an important city since the colonial times and even pre-columbus. However, in the last turn of the XX century, the city lost a lot of
its importance as it entered a decaying phase. However, today Guayaquil is the city with the largest and fastest urban renewal process in Latin America.

When I used to live there, the city was literally a dump. Whoever knew the city 15, 10, or even 5 years back, will today get to know a newer city - once again
regaining its name as the "Perla del Pacifico" or "The Pearl of the Pacific".





Everything that the eye can see in this picture (Open Picture) has been going thru the renewal process.

Everything started along the Guayas River with the mega-project Malecon 2000 (a Riverfront of almost 3 KM's)
more or less like 8 years ago and then it started expanding to the avenues, streets, hills, and a new waterfront on the other side of downtown
has also been built under the name of "Malecon del Salado".

Here is just a brief of what Guayaquil was and what Guayaquil is today



Notice how a lot of the projects have taken place in poor neighborhoods.

"Guayaquil has experienced the largest, and fastest, urban renewal process in Latin America, which is why the United Nations declared us a Model City for Human Development in 2003."
 

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"Malecon 2000" but formerly known as "Malecon Simon Bolivar"

This was an old decayed market that was rescued and today it has become a "Crytal Palace."
The structure was designed by Eiffel and finished in 1907




Few shots of Miss Universe 2004 were filmed in this area.


Union Club and Olmedo Square




Just one of the mini-bridges


Commercial area


The structure on the left represents Element Fire


One of the many monuments in this area. This one represents Element Earth


Back in the days the city always suffered from pirates attacks - here is a vessel that reminds us of those times.




An area to play with boats




Entrances to a parquing lot


A general view of the area
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This is the "Fragata Guayas" - this tallship sails around the world and always comes back home
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Tours around the city


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The Yatcht Club


The rich enjoying lazy days!


"Centro Civico" - This monument is of the encounter of Simon Bolivar (Venezuela) and San Martin (Argentina) - they are the attributed to free South America from the colonizers.






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Tallest building in Ecuador


Element Water on the left and Element Air on the right


A former train - if you ever visit the city, there is internet access in there


Incredible propaganda on the Guayas River


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Donors
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Matrix


The area that I like the most "Jardines del Malecon" or "Malecon Gardens" with flora from many places on earth
Just a video of the area

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There is a nice restaurant here
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The first IMAX in South America back from when it was built




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MAAC - Museo Antropologico y Arte Contemporaneo - The largest museum of Ecuador


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To defend the city from the pirates


Here we can see Santa Ana Hill that also went through a transformation becoming into a tourist spot
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As seen from the top
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Some videos where we can see the length of this project
Might need to double click on this one if it doesn't play from this window

Here we can see the other half where the driver was left off
 

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Renewal process of Santa Ana Hill

Now we are going to see Santa Ana Hill (a hill nearby downtown) which became an important tourist spot in the city.
Few years ago, no body believed that there would be better days for this place but.... it happend. Crime in the area was reduced to literally zero - the place is now safe and full of tourists.

A general view
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Going up the hill...








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The last step


Through that door we are reminded of the past and the present






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A naval museum




"La Capilla" and "El Faro" (The lighthouse)


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Lighthouse on top of the hill


As seen from the top - the hill in front also went through the renewal process where we can see a Christ - and for which it's now a religous tourist spot.


Just a video from the top - not the best shots but just to get an idea.

Not bad at all for what it was a shantytown/slum/favela for lack of better words. People today live with dignity and hope.

Del Carmen Hill - this one was renewed at a later stage but putting them together
Going up Del Carmen Hill




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There are 134 views but not replies? That's interesting. Too bad, I had lots of more pictures to add but since no one seems to show any interest. :eek:hno:
 

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OK, finally there's been some replies. :) So I'll move on with more pics but right now I am busy so I will translate the comments at a later time.

Guayaquil no es una Cuenca o Quito que disfrutan de una riqueza arquitectonica unica en America.
La ciudad siempre sufrio de muchos fuegos y de ataques de piratas siendo el ultimo "Gran Incendio" en 1896 cuando la mitad de la ciudad se quemo.
Por eso ella no tiene una riqueza arquitectonica como nuestros otros patrimonios en Ecuador. Sin embargo, el barrio mas antiguo de la ciudad aun vive.
Barrio Las Peñas - siempre fue, es, y sera un centro cultural de la Perla del Pacifico. Aqui hay muchas exposiciones de arte y pinturas (aunque esas fotos no lo muestren)

El barrio esta en la parte de abajo del Cerro Santa Ana. Muchas personas creen que el barrio "Las Peñas" es la parte de arriba del cerro pero eso esta incorrecto.
El cerro es Santa Ana y Las Peñas se encuentra en las faldas del cerro donde la ciudad fue fundade en 1538.
Un dato importante es que este es el unico barrio en Guayaquil que preserva sus calles empedradas - el resto es todo historia


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Aqui se puede apreciar una casa en restauracion. (Todas esas casas ya fueron restauradas)






Por la calle Numa Pompilio LLona en el Barrio Las Penas, se puede acceder Puerto Santa Ana desde el Malecon 2000. Realmente esto extiende el paseo por el rio hacia las nuevas obras que se estan realizando despues del cerro.
 

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Santiago de Guayaquil es la ciudad más poblada del Ecuador con 3.268.338 habitantes en su área metropolitana. Es cabecera cantonal del cantón Guayaquil y la capital de la provincia del Guayas.

Otro mega proyecto - Tercera fase

Solo para que ustedes tengan una idea del lugar, ahora voy a mostrarles el "Malecon del Salado" que esta
en el otro lado del centro de la ciudad al final del boulevar "Nueve de Octubre".

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Aquella avenida en medio de la foto es la "Nueve de Octubre" que conecta los dos "Malecones".
El pedazo de tierra vazia con verde al frente del centro es la Isla Santay.
Aquella isla esta en medio del Rio Guayas y es el pulmon de la ciudad.
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Desde aqui se puede apreciar aquella avenida antes de salir del centro por aquel puente.
De un lado del rio con la vista hacia el centro.
Las lineas en el centro son del sistema de transporte masivo llamado Metrovia basado en el Transmilenio de Bogota
que en si fue basado en el sistema de transporte de Curitiba. (Esa linea todavia no esta funcionando).
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Del otro lado del rio (realmente estero) viendo hacia un barrio residencial


Y aqui estan las fotos del Malecon del Salado


















Uno de los nuevos Centro de Convenciones de la ciudad - en los dos malecones se filmo un poco de Miss Universo cuando fue aqui en Ecuador en el 2004






Los jardines son impecables


La fauna esta regresando a los manglares del estero ya que esa area estaba (y todavia continua altamente poluido) pero ahora en menor cantidad.


Muy representativo del Golfo de Guayaquil que es el mas grande del pacifico sur. Debido a que el golfo esto lleno de manglares, hay una grande diversidad de cangrejos en el area.


Ya se esta poniendo de noche...






Aquel puente peatonal de acero fue hecho en Europa (creo que en Hungria o algo asi).
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The title is a bit exaggerated but nontheless those are nice pictures.
 
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