Guayaquil is the largest city in Ecuador and the country's main port on the Pacific Coast, located in the Guayas province along the banks of the Guayas River. Obviously, the coastal beaches and riverfront attractions are a big part of the tourist experience in Guayaquil, like the 1.5 mile boardwalk named Malecón 2000 aka Malecón Simón Bolivar. But Guayaquil also has a history dating back to 1538 with boatloads of churches, museums, statues and landmarks like the Santa Ana Hill. Not to mention urban entertainment and nightlife hotspots for the 4 million people living in the metro area. It is a big place, and you will need to rent a car in Guayaquil to see the sights.
The Civic Plaza is the best place to start, since it has the tourist information office and is an attraction by itself. For tourists, the most interesting aspect of a visit to Guayaquil is the boardwalk or Malecón 2000 with its shopping malls, bars and restaurants, botanical garden and monuments like the Hemiciclo de La Rotonda. The boardwalk has three main sections, starting from Cuenca Street all the way to the historic Las Peñas neighborhood where the city was founded. You can walk the 1.5 mile boardwalk, but you will need to get a car for hire in Guayaquil if you intend to see the other attractions. This includes the Santa Ana Hill with a church and lighthouse that offer a great view of the entire city and the coast. Another similar attraction is El Mirador on top of Carmen Hill. You can visit Centenario Park, General Cemetery and Bolívar Park with its iguanas and other wildlife.
Traditionally, the main beach for the city has been at Salinas, which is good for everything from swimming and surfing to whale-watching. But the beaches at Playas have been getting an increasingly bigger share of tourists and it is now considered more popular. Other choices include the beaches in Punta Blanca and San Pablo. Note, however, that these are all seaside resort towns in Guayas and the nearby province of Santa Elena, and will take an hour or two of driving on Route 70.
You can visit the Puerto Hondo Mangroves and Cerro Blanco Protected Forest en-route to Salinas. You can hop over to Puná Island to enjoy the frolicking dolphins and the huge variety of birds. If you are game for a day-trip, then Guayaquil has daily flights to and from the Galapagos Islands. The flight takes about an hour and a half, but you are guaranteed a life-changing experience.
There are two agencies offering a car rental in Guayaquil for visitors. They have depots at the Guayaquil Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE), and offices and counters at many hotel lobbies all over the city. The easiest way to get a good deal is to compare the agencies online and book your vehicle right now.
16 September 2019
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17 September 2019
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