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General cemetery and flower market - Monument Guayaquil - Ecuador

Guayaquil’s General Cemetery is among the most elaborate in the Americas. The grounds include neo-classical architecture and sculpture from noted Spanish and Italian artists of the 20th century. Each turn through the labyrinth of mausoleums brings more surprises, such as marble angels weeping or standing over the decorated graves. You can also see Guayaquil’s Masonic influence in the nooks and crannies of the cemetery. The lavish decoration and expensive materials of the tombs on one side of the General Cemetery are a sharp contrast to the wooden crosses on the western side of the hill, where the almost vertical graves seem to have been piled one on top of the other. The west side is where those unable to afford a niche in a cement mausoleum buried their relatives during the night. At the main entrance is the grandiose tomb of Victor Emilio Estrada, a banker and former President of the Republic. Legend says that he made a pact with the devil, exchanging his soul for wealth and power. As a result, his spirit is not at peace and wanders the nearby streets at night. Taxi drivers tell ghost stories in which one of them picks up a man who is walking alone and the passenger then asks to be dropped off at the cemetery entrance, near his tomb.

The flower market is in front of this main entrance, where Calle Machala meets Julián Coronel. The main entrance is next to the “salones de velorio,” the place where the families of the deceased mourn for 24 hours before crossing the footbridge to the cemetery. Note that robberies have been reported so do not travel to the cemetery alone and avoid it completely after dark.


Julián Coronel and Machala

Guayaquil, Ecuador


Getting There

The easiest way to arrive is by taxi. Ask to be taken to the "mercado de flores del cementerio general" (the flower market of the general cemetery). The stairway to the main entrance into the cemetery is next to the market.

Price Description:


Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:9 a.m.

Open Hours to:6 p.m.

Days Closed:open daily

Travel Skills: None

16 Apr 2010

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