The Simon Bolivar Pier history goes way back, before 1820, when it was called Orilla Street since it bordered the Guayas River. From 1999 it entered the process of urban regeneration of the city carried out by the Mayor of Guayaquil. Now is one of the touristic icons of the city due to its great attractiveness; visitors can enjoy the majesty of the river an enjoy some family time.
Traditionally the location was the first image of the city for the travelers that arrived by ship, since in that time travelling by boats was the main way of communication. At first it was called Paseo de las Colonias Extranjeras (Walk of Foreign Colonies), due to a Municipal Liberator of five American nations.
Later on it was named as Malecon 2000, one the most successful urban projects of America, which is considered a world-wide model and was declared as a “Public Healthy Space” by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
This urban park, filled with nature, history, tradition and modern beauty is a touristic attraction that has a length of 2,5 kilometers (26 blocks). Visitors can find gardens, artificial lagoons, water fountains, viewpoints, docks, squares and historical monuments like The Rotunda Hemicycle, Moorish Tower, Aurora Gloriosa (Glorious Dawn) and the statue of Olmedo. As well as museums, movie theatres, shopping centers, restaurants, bars, food courts, playgrounds, a crafts market and all of the attractions, services and commodities that a tourist needs to enjoy a tour through the city. It also offers tours through the Guayas River in which the city can be seen from another geographic point, within an imposing natural environment of great beauty.
Services: Security, parking lots, restrooms and security.
Crafts Marker of the Pier
Address: Simon Bolivar Pier, near Febres Cordero Street, Integration Square.
History: 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.
Services: It has subterranean parking lots, private surveillance to guarantee the safety of the visitors.
Address: Simon Bolivar Pier, from the Olmedo Boulevard to Colon Street, near Loja Street.
Parishes: Olmedo and Pedro Carbo.
Services: There are two food courts, one is located in the south, at the beginning of the pier and the other to the north, were the pier ends.
Several stores, some of them, located outside to appreciate the Guayas River, which provides the tourist a cozy natural space, integrate the food courts. There are also restaurants, as well as coffee shops, and ice cream stores that complement the gastronomic diversity of the place.
In the food courts one can find a wide gastronomic variety, since there are stores that sell fast food, national and international places, and even specialties like meat, sea food and salads, among others.