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Guayaquil Vacations

The top sights, highlights, tours & travel itinaries curated by our Travel Experts.

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    1. Destinations
    2. South America
    3. Ecuador
    4. Guayaquil

    Travel to Guayaquil on Vacation

    The economic hub of Ecuador, Guayaquil is a port city that fuses the flair of a growing metropolis with bohemian vibes. The rainbow-colored and quaint barrio of Las Penas is the perfect place to begin a stroll in a city where skyscrapers meet rolling hills. While on a Guayaquil vacation, explore this city that reflects indigenous art, religion, and colonial architecture discovered within quaint, cobbled back streets and riverside saunters.

    1. Guayaquil Metropolitan Cathedral

    2. Seminario Park

    3. Moorish Clock Tower

    4. La Rotonda Monument

    5. Malecón 2000

    6. Museum of Anthropology and Modern Art

    7. Firefighter's Museum

    8. Las Penas District

    9. Santa Ana Hill

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    Things to Do in Guayaquil

    1. Guayaquil Metropolitan Cathedral

    The neo-gothic and twin towered Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaqul is complemented further by its towering creamy exterior, and intricate, pillared interior. Located in the city center and built in 1892, the Cathedral is known for religious processions that take place three times a year (May, September, November) and showcase a devotion to Corpus Christi, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and Christ the King.

    2. Seminario Park

    Unofficially known as Iguana Park for good reason, the Seminario Park is the perfect place to see the iguanas that live in peace in this breezy park. An arching monument dedicated to the memory of Simon Bolivar provides historic insight in this joyful setting.

    3. Moorish Clock Tower

    The ornate and geometric design of the Moorish Clock Tower stands proudly in the city center and captivates with distinctive motifs and arches. The clock itself, which was imported from England, is a centerpiece attraction. A climb to the top (approximately 100 feet) is rewarded with excellent views of the city.

    4. La Rotonda

    Built in honor of liberators Simon Bolivar and José de San Martín, La Rotunda Memorial is an emblematic monument that honors Ecuador’s liberation from Spain in 1830. Pillars represent the ten countries of Latin America that were freed by these military leaders and encase the two leaders who stand hands clasped.

    5. Malecón 2000

    If you fancy some retail therapy during your Guayaquil vacation, vist this spacious esplanade and shopping center. Cultural events (rowing regattas, live concerts) take place on the Malecón Promenade regularly, and boat tours provide expansive views of the city from a fresh perspective.

    6. Museum of Anthropology and Modern Art

    A state-of-the-art museum that celebrates Latin America, this museum houses some of Ecuador’s finest art and artefacts. 50,000 Ecuadorian archeological pieces and 3,000 modern works of art can be found inside a building that has a striking exterior. Integrated programs include year-round exhibitions, a cinema, and scenic art that looks to further educate the city community.

    7. Firefighter's Museum

    At the Firefighter’s Museum, relics from the past pay tribute to firefighters who served during several fires that destroyed the city. Water pumps, tools, uniforms, and bravery awards are all here for your viewing pleasure, providing a historical insight into the first responders to these devastating fires.

    8. Las Penas District

    If you’re looking for a vibrant district with a bohemian vibe to visit during your Guayaquil vacation, visit Las Penas to see century old colorful houses set among cobbled streets. Climb the 444-steps that lead to spiraling views across the city. Stop off en route to admire a cathedral, enjoy some local specialties, or people-watch in this charming setting.

    9. Santa Ana Hill

    When you travel to Guayaquil, climb Santa Ana Hill to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Once used as a lookout point due to its complete visibility, it now illuminates the senses with excellent views of the colorful Las Penas below. It is often referred to by locals as the jewel of Guayaquil. Less

    Visit Guayaquil on These Tours

    1. Visit the Galapagos Islands, here pictured from above, on a highlights of Ecuador tour

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      $3,361

      excl. Flight (p.P.)

    2. Visit the beautiful Ecuadorian city of Cuenca, pictured here from above, on a Cuenca vacation

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      $4,825

      excl. Flight (p.P.)

    Other Places to Visit During Your Tour

    1. Discover fishmarkets in Puerto Lopez on an Ecuador tour

      Puerto Lopez

    2. Visit the beautiful cathedral of Cuenca, pictured here from above, on a Cuenca vacation

      Cuenca

    3. Colorful colonial houses line the streets of Quito.

      Quito

    4. See beautiful seals on white beaches, pictured here, on a Galapagos Islands vacation

      Galapagos Islands

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