I’ve already written about my early morning jogs when I was staying in Ecuador’s largest city, Guayaquil. I would pass along the Malecon, up the (killer) stairs to the panoramic lighthouse and through the picturesque, colonial Las Peñas neighborhood.
On these jogs, I would also loop my way through the modern Santa Ana Port. This complex of modern office buildings, apartments, restaurants and bars was built between 2005 and 2007 by a firm of American architects. It has an enviable position alongside the wide and impressive Guayas River, and nestled alongside the colorful Las Peñas neighborhood.
Its wide boardwalk was a great place to jog before the city began to stir. There were quite a few security guards along this route, and early morning dog walkers and fellow joggers.
I enjoyed the sleek lines of the new constructions and the views over the quickly-moving Guayas. When I panted my way up to the lighthouse, I also enjoyed the views over the terraces of those modern buildings/ apartment complexes. They included rooftop pools and jacuzzis … so great to see my dream apartments, should I ever move to Guayaquil. : )
I returned to this neighborhood in the evening hours, when it is much livelier. It’s a great place to eat outside, to have a drink with friends and to enjoy those spectacular evening breezes coming off the Guayas River.
Don’t miss out on the Santa Ana Port area when you’re next in Guayaquil.