From the Pacific Ocean, Santiago de Guayaquil, Ecuador's seaport city and gateway to beaches on the Pacific and the Galapagos Islands, lies along the Pacific Ocean. It is an attractive, vibrant city characterized by its dynamism, organization, outstanding urban achievements, and its people's warmth. The Simón Bolívar Pier with its Rotonda Hemicycle extends next to the Guayas River. A few meters away from the north stands Barrio Las Peñas, characterized by its colorful houses, where a set of 456 stairs lined up with cafes, craft shops, and art galleries guides towards the top of Santa Ana Hill. At the top, overlooking the city, boasts Santa Ana Chapel and a lighthouse.
Since Premios Verde's first Edition in 2013, participation has grown exponentially. Close to 18,000 participants from 1.147 cities and 43 countries have been a part of previous editions. Evaluating these projects in depth and with the utmost rigor would not have been possible was it not for a group of experts who dedicate their time and experience to rate candidates' work each year. Premios Verdes's Jury is made up of two international divisions: The technical commission (first selection of projects) and the Annual Jury (final selection)