The Artisan Market of the Simon Bolivar Pier, located in the Plaza de la Integracion (Integration Square), on the banks of the Guayas River, was built by the Municipality of Guayaquil as part of the urban regeneration project of he city. In April 2002 it was inaugurated during the administration of Mayor Jaime Nebot. One of his objectives was to give the city an ordered and secure space for the trade and manufacture of crafts to improve the urban economy. This was possible through an artisan market that captures the touristic attention and creates employment for those that carry out the activity.
Its location gives an ambiance of beauty due to its natural surroundings, since it is near the Guayas River and close to an area of gardens, trees, and contemplation and rest spaces.
Its main attraction, on a touristic level, are 24 stores that offer good prices, it has several crafts that depict the national folklore crafted by hand by Ecuadorian artisans in materials such as cloth, wood, leather, ceramic, stone, tagua, glass, balsa wood, toquilla straw, steel, copper, among others.
There the tourist can find clothing, shoes, purses, hats, jewelry, sculptures, paintings, ornaments, souvenirs, postcards, musical instruments, the famous Panama Hats and several other articles.
Most of the products sold in the place come from cities located in the highlands of the province of Imbabura, whose main economic activity depends on its artisan growth. One of them is Otavalo, which it specializes in knitting fabrics; also Cotacachi that works on leather; Antonio Ante that works in clothing and San Antonio, which works on wood.
It has subterranean parking lots, private surveillance to guarantee the safety of the visitors.