parque de las iguanas

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One of the main tourist attractions in Guayaquil, Ecuador is Seminario or Simon Bolivar park, or Parque de las Iguanas, as it is colloquially known. Located in the heart of downtown Guayaquil, in front of a cathedral, the dozens of iguanas (and the free admission) entice tourists and locals alike to visit the park.







These reptiles are harmless and lazy. However, there was a fellow on a bench who would occasionally throw a banana on the sidewalk and they would come scurrying from all over the park - which can be quite the startling experience when you're standing in the middle of it.





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20 comments

  1. ahhh creepy little things aren't they?

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  2. OMG. I hate them. Mini-dinosaurs are terrifying.

    And Alex should be careful. Personally, I'd avoid the handy-J from an iguana.

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  3. Oh my gosh, that looks like so much fun! :) Amazing photos, too!

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  4. Reminds me of going to Hartley's house at lunch in Grade 9.

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  5. I love the last picture; it's great! The iguanas look cool and would definitely be worth seeing, but I think I prefer the sloths. I'm just not a reptile girl, I guess.

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  6. awww these Iguanas are super cute. I guess they really don't like sharing those bananas

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  7. ohh my gosh!!! kinda cool! kinda weird!

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  8. i want to live traveling like you both!

    did you come to brasil?
    i live here..brasil's northeast

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  9. aw

    I've been to Guayaquil (Twice) and never visited this park, I had no idea about the iguanas, well, maybe if there's a third time.

    That last photo is just delightful

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  10. omg somebody save that little boy! i'd be so scared.

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  11. oh man, i could NOT handle that place. i'd run away screaming.

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  12. wow, these picturs are so awesom!

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  13. OMG! I would die if 5 giant sized lizards ran towards me!

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  15. ha! look at their little scaley hands!! they look like funny creatures.

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  16. omigosh, this post had me freaking out! they are ugly!

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  17. Woe! Iguanas galore! I would be a little freaked out...especially the one on Alex's crotch. LOL. Kidding!

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  18. Brianne26.2.10

    My family and I went to the Virgin Island when I was in middle school and ventured to a place right off the coast called "Iguana Island". We were told to bring bananas for the Iguanas. I happened to be wearing yellow nail polish on my toes... As soon as we got off the boat an Iguana ran up to me. We were all like awww look at him... then he bite my toe and ran away. I was freaked out, being that I was about 12. The tour guide said he thought my toe was a banana. This post brings back memories.... :)

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  19. isadora gometti - No, we didn't visit Brazil. We were going to go through South America but decided to skip it (due to the mudslides) - we'll make sure we go back though!

    Ariel / Maddy - We didn't post them, but there's about 5 pictures of me running away from them.

    Brianne - That is an awesome story. I hope you learned your lesson about wearing yellow nail polish.

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