How to See Iguanas for Free in Ecuador

Going to el Parque de las Iguanas is my favorite memory of visiting Ecuador as a child. Why wouldn’t it be? It’s literally a park with iguanas everywhere and when I mean everywhere I mean EVERYWHERE.

You may think it’s just the ones crawling around on the floor or climbed up onto the benches but look up!. The trees are also filled with iguanas and this can be pretty scary! Walking through the park might give you anxiety because at any moment an iguana can poop on you. Luckily, I have never experienced this but my mom has years ago.

If you plan on visiting, keep in mind that although the official name of this park is Parque Seminario or Parque Bolívar most locals just know it as el Parque de las Iguanas.


Some of the iguanas stay in this enclosed grass area but other wander around the pavement and you can walk up to one at any time.


Locals like to come here and feed the iguanas. Some are even brave enough to let them climb onto their bodies to eat food. But, they can also be pretty vicious like trying to steal your sandwich if you’re sitting on the bench. Again: this has happened to my mom.


The area surrounding the park (Chimborazo,Guayaquil) is also not the safest. It’s definitely walkable, I actually met some tourists from America on the street but you just have to be smart. If you’re carrying a purse, keep it close to you or rather use a cross body bag. If you have the latest cell phone, don’t take it out in middle of the street. Rather walk into a store or stand near a safety guard and then use it.