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Ecuador & Galapagos Islands: Guayaquil

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Until quite recently a scruffy Pacific port with a dubious reputation, Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city is a newly emergent commercial and cultural centre, showing off freshened up plazas and boulevards, a charming waterside malécon (promenade), good hotels and trendy restaurants. Always a flamboyant place in comparison with the upland cities, it has a vivacious atmosphere. The river Guayas is chock-a-bloc with boats jostling for space, some laden down with tropical fruits and sugar cane, others offering transport to distant villages. The historic quarter of Las Peñas nearby is an arty district with a tumble of toybox multicoloured houses, galleries and bars.

Our holidays to Guayaquil

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Things to do in Guayaquil

Mangrove birds

Explore the Ecuadorian mangroves

Historic buildings

Tour of Guayaquil


Our insider tips for Guayaquil

Isabelle

Isabelle Mazille

Sitting in the Parque de iguanas, in front of the cathedral, exchanging glances with the large numbers of the lizards for whom it is home. 

Kathryn

Kathryn Glover

Savouring a seco de chivo, or goat stew, in the lively, popular restaurant La Canoa which specialises in Ecuadorian dishes.
Johno

Johno Vincent

Watching street artists and bands performing among the fountains, gardens and cafés of the malécon at sunset.

Margot

Margot Chard

Taking a cruise on the River Guayas – it’s touristy, but there’s something to drink and it’s fun!

What our experts say

I was pleasantly surprised by the port city.  it is very clean with wide avenues, parks, interesting monuments and a nice promenade very popular with families. Here, there is lots of entertainment for children, small shops selling handcrafts and food stalls. When I wandered along here music was playing and the area was well lit with a good, safe atmosphere.

Annerys Hockley

Annerys Hockley

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