What began as the La Orilla Pier along the Guayas River in 1820 evolved into a 1.5 mile boardwalk by the mid-19th century. This esplanade defining Guayaquil’s eastern boundary has had three names since. First the Promenade of Foreign Countries and then Malecón Simón Bolivar. At the end of the century, the city committed to an impressive revitalization. This riverside collection of parks, statues, museums, entertainment, shopping, restaurants and attractions is called Malecón 2000. Begin your adventure aboard one of the 36 cabins of La Perla. At 187 feet, this has been South America’s largest Ferris wheel since 2016.