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Known as the "Pearl of the Pacific," coastal Guayaquil is Ecuador's biggest city with a population of 4 million and growing. In the past decade, Guayaquil has transformed from a port city into a modern metropolitan center complete with major shopping malls, tourist attractions, nature parks, and much more. Located just a short drive from the coastal highway, Guayaquil visitors enjoy easy access to all of Ecuador's golden beaches. In the opposite direction, it's a short drive to the country's highland region, including destinations like Cuenca and the capital city, Quito. For those visiting the enchanting Galapagos Islands, all flights depart from Guayaquil, so it's worth spending some time getting to know the area, with attractions like Las Peñas & the Malecon, the IMAX, and the Cerro Blanco tropical dry forest. Let us know when you're ready to start planning.

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What to See and Do in Guayaquil, Ecuador
Quickly becoming a tourist destination in its own right, Guayaquil is Ecuador's biggest city and is a main stop en route to the country's other major destinations like the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon, and the highlands. While visiting this major metropolitan city, be sure to check out these attractions:
  • Malecon 2000- A two mile boardwalk with shopping, South America's first IMAX cinema, a museum in miniature of Ecuador's history, a food court, and even a small amusement park including "The Pearl" ferris wheel.
  • Las Penas - Climb 444 steps to the top of this promontory overlook at Santa Ana hill. Each set of steps is home to shops, bars, and cafes and the top is crowned by a small plaza that features a lighthouse and a chapel. 
  • Tren Crucero - Departing from the neighboring town of Duran, this train is considered South America's best cruising train and offers multiple itineraries.
  • Cerro Blanco Tropical Dry Forest - Cerro Blanco has similar biodiversity to the rainforest, but gets comparably less rain - great for a day tour.
  • Parque Historico- Explore restored colonial houses and a small zoo that is open to the public free of charge (though donations are always appreciated).

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