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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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Ecuador North to South$18818Apr 23, 2024This tour of Ecuador offers visitors some of the most stunning natural beauty and cultural diversity on the continent. Wander the cobblestone streets …
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Guayaquil City$62½Apr 23, 2024On this three-hour tour to the main port of Ecuador, visit the highlights of Guayaquil, including Bolivar Park, the Old South Market, Administration …
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Darwin's Discoveries: The Galapagos Islands$109008May 23, 2024Begin your amazing 8-day expedition at the riverfront Wyndham Guayaquil then spend the rest of your trip sailing across the legendary Galapagos …
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Classic Galapagos$613510Apr 26, 2024Spend 10 days exploring the legendary Galápagos Islands aboard a classic, 96-guest expedition ship, the Endeavour II. Actively experience the …
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Wild Galápagos Escape$80727Apr 25, 2024Discover the vibrant islands of the Galápagos through fascinating activities such as walking and trekking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and …
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Galapagos Explorer + Peru's Land of the Incas$1257616Apr 26, 2024Link your 9-day small ship-based Galápagos adventure aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II to a 7-day land-based exploration of the …
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Wild Galápagos & Peru Escape$889611Apr 26, 2024See the best of the Galapagos and Machu Picchu in 11 action-packed days. Visit the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Cusco, the Inca's imperial …
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Guayaquil Botanical Park$116½Apr 23, 2024This 3-hour Botanical park tour in northern Guayaquil's "Cerro Colorado" contains over 324 botanic species, including woody, fruit, ornamental, and …
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White Hill Protected Forest - Short Trail$111½Apr 23, 2024Discover White Hill, located 14km of Guayaquil and close to the Chongon-Colonche mountain range. Noted for its 219 birds, 54 mammals, and over 900 …
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Guayaquil's Historical Park$62½Apr 23, 2024The eight-hectare park features mangrove trees, the Daule River, and a tropical environment. Visitors can learn about the region's animals, history, …
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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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