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Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil & Ecuador's Pacific Coast

Urban gems & national parks

Guayaquil tailor-made holidays


Ecuador's largest city and commercial centre, Guayaquil, is a dynamic port on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Take in its urban delights before heading to the coast for gold-sand beaches and national parks home to blue-footed boobies, dolphins and sea lions.


Between its vibrant waterfront squares and favela-dotted hills, Guayaquil is a colourful and eclectic city, host to a thriving art scene and architecture that ranges from neoclassical to cutting-edge contemporary. Green spaces abound, and there are plenty of parks and leafy plazas to relax between seaside strolls. For the city's best shopping and dining, head to the Malecón 2000 – an urban renewal project home to artisan markets, food courts, malls, several museums and South America's first IMAX cinema.  Top highlights include the magnificent turn-of-the-century cathedral, the verdant Parque Historical and the cool and quirky La Peñas district, home to colourfully painted houses and one of the city's liveliest bar scenes. 

Pacific Coast

Endless sweeps golden sand framed by forested mountains and the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean, Ecuador's seldom-visited Pacific Coast is an off-the-beaten-track gem. Expect fresher-than-fresh seafood – the ceviche is a particular highlight – and lazy days spent relaxing on picturesque beaches and cruising out to spot pods of dolphins and humpback whales playing in the surf. Ans, if you can't stretch to a trip to the Galápagos, head to the Machalilla National Park and Isla de la Plata to spot blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds and a small colony of resident sea lions.


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Top itineraries in Guayaquil & Ecuador's Pacific Coast

Cotopaxi Volcano, Ecuador

Grand Tour of Ecuador & the Galápagos

17-day tailor-made holiday from £9,710 pp incl. flights

Straddling the equator, mainland Ecuador hosts colonial cities, beautiful haciendas, towering volcanoes and green, steamy jungles. Combined with the incredible diversity of nature that can only be found on the Galápagos, it's a truly compelling destination.

Blue-footed Booby, Galapagos Islands

Luxury Quito & Galápagos Cruise

15-day tailor-made holiday from £11,015 pp incl. flights

Enjoy the stunning beauty of the Galápagos aboard a luxury yacht with fore and aft observation decks, a glass-bottom boat, daily excursions and quality service.

Guayaquil & Ecuador's Pacific Coast articles

Seal in the Galápagos

Trip report: Ecuador and the Galápagos

Galápagos specialist Debbie Mayger recently visited the Galápagos Islands and Ecuador's capital, Quito. Read her review of both for some honest insight into the accommodation, facilities and overall experience, as well as her advice for anybody thinking about going to visit.

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