Officially Santiago de Guayaquil, is the largest and the most populous city in Ecuador, as well as that nation’s main port. The city is the capital of the Ecuadorian province of Guayas and the seat of the namesake canton. Offers travelers a surprising number of sights and activities. It boasts museums, historic neighborhoods, sprawling parks and the renovated waterfront strip, Malecón 2000.

Our Best Guayaquil Tours

Our top 5 things to do in Guayaquil

We’ll show you where to travel in Guayaquil, from the beautiful parks, museums, historic neighborhoods, monuments, churches to the amazing renovated  Malecon 2000.

Santa Ana Hill

The Santa Ana Hill of Guayaquil is a site of tourist interest. Restaurants, cafés, art galleries, internet cafes and handicraft shops are 310 meters away. It is equipped with squares, recreation and rest green areas, its most important attraction offered to tourists is the majestic view of Guayaquil.

Seminario Park

It is known by this name the park Seminary Guayaquil, because in its well ornate gardens, live dozens of iguanas that become a unique attraction for tourists who say they give a prehistoric and natural vision to the park.The reptiles, of the species called green iguana, known as the "Guayaquil iguana", which measure up to one meter long, walk with tranquility and their behavior is friendly.

Malecon Simon Bolivar

Malecon Simon Bolivar is a place that will have everything for your entertainment from the gardens to the monuments that are part of history to mention some of the gardens are conjugated with artificial lagoons, pools of water, docks, viewpoints and historical monuments mentioned below: La Rotonda, Torre Morisca, Aurora Gloriosa and the statue to Olmedo; museums, CineMax, shopping malls, restaurants, bars, food courts, children's games and all the attractions, services and comforts that a tourist needs.

9 de Octubre Boulevard

Bulevar 9 de Octubre is the main road artery of the commercial center of the city of Guayaquil. Along the avenue you can find most of the tallest buildings in the country. It serves as the commercial axis of the center of Guayaquil, and in it you can find department stores, banking institutions, first-class hotels and embassies, among others.

Henry Morgan Pirate Ship

A trip to Guayaquil would not be complete without a trip on a tried and true pirate vessel. The options to sail include one-hour tours on the Río Guayas with an open bar and pirate show.

Best food in Guayaquil

“The Pearl of the Pacific”, Guayaquil has a great gastronomic variety resulting from the fusion with other cultures and community sub-groups, thus obtaining a mixture of customs, traditions, myths and legends reflected in its gastronomic products, incorporating flavors and aromas typical of this land and marking the rhythm of a permanent evolution.

Rice with stew and Meat

Rice with stew and meat is considered a tradition of the city. There are multiple ways to prepare it, either with beans, lentils or chickpeas and meat, chops or chicken; however, the traditional way has roast beef and Canarian beans.

Caldo de Salchicha

Caldo de Salchicha, also called hose broth, is a soup whose main ingredient is the viscera of the pig. It also contains pork blood, onion, pepper, rice, garlic, oregano, coriander and mint.


One of the most popular and traditional dishes in the city is crabs. Among the ingredients used to prepare them are onion, coriander, cumin, oregano, pepper and garlic.


Encebollado is a typical dish from the coast of Ecuador, and especially from Guayaquil, made from fish and yucca. More than these two ingredients are prepared with tomato, celery, parsley, onion, chili, pepper, cumin and garlic. For fish, tuna or albacore is used.

What to pack for Guayaquil

Hiking shoes

It is necessary to visit the most famous destinations in the city, from visiting parks, museums, boardwalks, boulevards, to climbing many stairs to a hill.

Reusable water bottle

Guayaquil is a very hot city, it is very important to bring water so as not to exhaust ourselves due to the tremendous heat that it makes touring a large part of the famous Pearl of the Pacific.



The continuous use of sunscreen is very important since we avoid having burns when visiting the tourist spots and thus protect us from the hot climate of Guayaquil.


It is advisable to bring money to buy various souvenirs of the city, there are many interesting shops to buy handicrafts made by the inhabitants themselves, you can take your friends and family to the Famous Pearl of the Pacific.

Comfortable clothes

Guayaquil has a very hot climate, so it is walk around the city comfortably and without worries about it, it is convenient to dress in very thin clothes.

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you’ll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter Ecuador. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date. Also, COVID restrictions for the country are changing according to specific situations. Please check with us before traveling.

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