Four hours from Cuenca (man I am loving these short bus journeys) is Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador. Whilst we’re only really stopping here en route to the coast, we’re hoping there’s enough to keep us occupied for a couple of days.

City centre

We arrive at the hostel around mid-afternoon, and decide to immediately head out to explore the city. Our helpful hostel manager recommends a few sights and we head off to ‘Iguana Park’, so called because, you guessed it, it’s full of iguanas. They’re crawling all over the place, and many more are sitting in the trees. There are dozens and dozens of them, some of them well over a metre long. A few people seem to be feeding them bananas, but overall the locals seem more fascinated by the pigeons, which happily coexist alongside the reptiles.

Iguana in the park

A small group of giggling teenage girls run up to Rich and ask if they can have their photo taken with him. I’m not quite sure why, maybe it’s his fair hair and skin, maybe they think he’s hot (they only seem to be interested in him, not me) but anyway, he seems to enjoy it!

After marvelling at the More >