Guayaquil

Guayaquil bustling port city is seen as the commercial hub of Ecuador, it is a convenient stopover en route to or from the Galapagos.

 

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Guayaquil

Guayaquil bustling port city is seen as the commercial hub of Ecuador, it is a convenient stopover en route to or from the Galapagos. The interesting architecture includes some beautiful colonial buildings set amongst a handful of modern day skyscrapers. The cityscape seems to be forever developing with numerous urban renewal projects always on the go. New cafes, restaurants and shops springing up all the time and there is a growing arts scene in Guayaquil too.

In contrast to the city the nearby small Isla de la Plata is famous for its marine birdlife, and also dolphins and humpback whales that are found in the surrounding waters.

Highlights:

  • Go for a stroll in Parque Bolivar, and get up close and personal to a colony of tame land Iguanas.
  • Seek out the grand colonial churches amongst the malls and shopping streets of downtown Guayaquil.
  • The shops on avenue Octobre 9th are open until late, plenty of time to browse.
  • Sample some traditional food or perhaps enjoy some excellent sushi in the Urdessa suburb.
  • Head for the waterfront – the Malecón 2000 is a great place to relax and enjoy shopping or a meal and even some people watching.
  • Explore the oldest part of Guayaquil, Las Penas, and tackle the steep walk up to the lighthouse for panoramic views of the city.
  • Soak up pre-Colombian culture or contemporary artworks at the Museo Antropológico y de Arte Contemporáneo.
  • Take a 90-minute boat trip to Isla de la Plata, and keep your eyes peeled for manta rays, pods of dolphins and, humpback whales (June to September)
  • Snorkel off the island, spotting brilliantly-coloured fish or birdwatch – you may see pairs of waved albatrosses, frigate birds, blue-footed, red-footed and masked boobies.

When to Visit:

The rainy season is December to April, with this area being fairly dry throughout the rest of the year. However, even the rainy season can have some very sunny days, whereas the dry season can to be a little grey and hazy.

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