This protected area is located in the north of Guayaquil and within its city limits . Its purpose is to restore native vegetation and wildlife that previously existed in the area, and provide a space for family recreation. The area enjoys a 2.4 kilometre stretch of shore on the banks of the river Daule , which can also be used for recreational and tourism purposes.
Inside this area there are still some remnants of arid forest and coastal floodplain of the Guayas River Basin. Since its inception as a protected area, various facilities have been developed to promote sport and recreation.
The Samanes is located at the north of the Guayaquil city. Access-wise, you may take several routes:either the Guayaquil- Daule highway, the Francisco de Orellana avenue, the Isidro Ayora avenue, or the road to Daule.
National Recreation Area Los Samanes is administered by the Public Urban Parks and Public Spaces Enterprise.
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The recreation area is composed of several sections that are within of the Guayaqui city. These forests are surrounded by some housing developments (Samanes, Huancavilca Norte, Bastion Popular, Los Vergeles and Guayacanes). Two of them are on the west side of the Daule river.
Inside the park there are lots of facilities for sports and other sports: bike paths, hiking and jogging trails, soccer and tennis fields, children's playgrounds , picnic areas and large green spaces.
Culture, biodiversity and attractions
Being close to the banks of the Daule River, this area originally belonged to transitional inter-tidal floodplain. Gradually it was replaced by agricultural plantations because the soils are very fertile but it experiences periodic flooding when the rievrs overflow. In fact, before becoming a recreation area, some areas were used to grow rice. In the highest areas, where the Colorado hill is, there are remnants of arid coastal forest, where you can see trees as the ceibo, the bototillo, the pechiche, the guasmo and guayacán. There is also the tree that lends its name to the area: the saman. The proximity to the river Daule meanas that you'll see various species of aquatic birds such as the cormorant, the whistling duck, herons and coots.
They have recently developed soccer, volleyball, basketball and tennis fields, as well as several areas with playgrounds. Sporting and recreational events are freuqnetly organized.