We walked down the river walk, Malecon 2000, watched families play in the parks, climbed 465 stairs up to a scenic view over the entire city, checked out a museum, ate a delicious lunch, and visited a couple of church buildings. One Gothic church was set behind a very unique park - a kind which neither Jamie nor I had ever experienced. It was an iguana park. Yes, you read that correctly. Iguanas. These giant reptiles were sprawling on the grass, scampering up trees, sprinting across sidewalks and begging unashamedly for food from delighted locals and tourists alike. They were so much fun to watch but with my affinity toward reptiles (or lack thereof) I only got so close, much to Jamie's dismay. I admired the children petting the bodies of these creatures and holding their tales as if taking the iguanas on a walk - all from a safe distance, of course.
Overall, a good first impression. We remained in Guayaquil today because we have to get our visas validated at an office (not open Sundays) here tomorrow. Please keep this in prayer as we have reason to be concerned that our 6 month visas weren't correctly processed in the states. Hopefully it will be a smooth process and we will be free to move about the country! We are anxious to travel to the coastal areas that we hope to call home but plan to travel first to the central highlands to check out our second region of choice. Tomorrow we plan to take a bus to Cuenca which is the third largest city in Ecuador and a world heritage site complete with cobbled streets and colonial architecture with lots of surrounding towns and opportunities.
One more thing: Happy Father's Day to all of you dads out there, but especially to ours. We love you and are so proud to be able to call you Dad. We love you both!