Guayas and Kil Monument

Monumento a Guayas y Quil


The monument pays tribute to the Huancavilcas Indians Guayas and Quil. According to some historians, the Huancavilcas indians gave the name to the city. Other scholars are unaware of the existence of these characters and the legend that was created about them and argue that the name of the city comes from the Aboriginal roots that mean: Gua (large), Ya (House), Quil (Our): Our big house.

Other historians say that the name of the city occurred in the final seat of the city, because of the chieftain chono Huayaquile, which means chieftain of the cane river.


The monument of Guayas and Kil, is a sculpture of more than 30 meters, it stands in the distributor of traffic between the bridge of the national unity with Pedro Menéndez Gilbert and Benjamin Rosales Avenue, awakening the admiration of all who pass through the sector.

Sculptures Guayas and Kil, that with the jaguar makes up the great monument, made in bronze, are authored by Edgar Cevallos. The figures rest on a base. There the mighty warrior huancavilca, Guayas, extends his arm featuring a spear as a symbol of the indomitable character of the town Guayaquil.

Next to Guayas, a proud female figure representing Kil, young, beautiful wife and mother huancavilca, holding in her arms a tender child. Kil symbolizes all the dignity and decision of Guayaquil women. The child symbolizes the new generations, is distracted in the contemplation of the river pointing with the index finger.

The complex is protected by a mythological jaguar, the most representative figure in the Ecuadorian indigenous history. Jaguar roars as preventing one who dares against people huancavilca, personified in the monument.

Additionally in the adjoining area were placed 105 type lamps bollard and 24 ornamental lamps, 5 color cricket colors, giving the evening a tonality of the colours of the flag of Guayaquil: light blue and white.

Pedro Menendez Avenue junction, before the National Unity Bridge, north of the city.