Guayaquil Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by malianrob
  • Things to Do
    by malianrob
  • 2014
    2014
    by MalenaN

Best Rated Things to Do in Guayaquil

  • Joemidwest's Profile Photo

    The steps

    by Joemidwest Written Oct 3, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    444 steps sounds like alot, and it probably would be if you wanted to walk them all at once. It is a good thing for this 56 year old body that there are several places on the way up to have a snack or a cool drink. There are also some shops and good places for pictures.

    The beginning of 444steps Good Tagua and other crafts, barter Art sales
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • namastedc's Profile Photo

    Giant Iguanas!! The Guayaquil Iguana Park

    by namastedc Written Feb 24, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This park, located in the Centro, is something you really do need to see if you come to the city. Iguanas have bred and bred to the point where they have comepletely taken over a park in front of the city cathedral, and are more of a tourist draw than the cathedral itself.

    Bring some bananas if you really want to see a stampede. Don't worry about petting the iguanas, they don't care - just don't stand under the trees for too long unless you have an umbrella!!

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Budget Travel
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo

    Malecon 2000

    by MalenaN Written May 10, 2012

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    During my short visit in Guayaquil I made a walk in the north end of Malecon 2000. It is a 2.5km long promenade along the river Guayas. It used to be a run down and unsafe area, but a huge renewal project have instead made it into one of the safest and nicest places to visit in Guayaquil. I saw several security guards during my short walk.

    People in Guayaquil come here to eat, stroll, relax and have fun. Along Malecon 2000 there are restaurants, playgrounds for children, museums, a shopping mall and IMAX movie theatre, a Botanical Garden, fountains, monuments and sculptures, and a river view.

    Rio Guayas, Guayaquil Malecon 2000, Guayaquil Malecon 2000, Guayaquil

    Was this review helpful?

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo

    Las Peñas and Cerro Santa Ana

    by MalenaN Written May 10, 2012

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Las Peñas neighbourhood is situated on Cerro Santa Anna. This is where Guayaquil was founded in the middle of the 16th century. Being the oldest neighbourhood in Guayaquil this is where you can find houses built in a colonial architecture. However, there has been many fires destroying large part of the neighbourhood, especially in the 1896. Las Peñas was declared a Cultural Heritage in 1982.

    When I visited Las Peñas I started with climbing all the 444 steps (or is it 465 steps) to the top of the hill. The houses along the way are painted in different and bright colours. There are art galleries, cafés, restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and residential houses. At the top there is a light-house and a chapel. Both the lighthouse and the chapel was built in 2002. You can climb up the lighthouse to get even better views over Guayaquil.

    Coming down the stairs from Cerro Santa Ana I took a walk along the cobbled street Numa Pompillo Llona, a street named after an Ecuadorian poet. This is also a pretty street with colourful houses, art galleries and restaurants.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Strannik's Profile Photo

    A breathtaking lunch

    by Strannik Written Oct 4, 2004

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Did you ever imagine to be in the middle of a bunch of hungry dinosaur-descendants?

    That's possible in Guayaquil and I tell you, it is really a spectacular show, though fortunately for we humans, they prefer cabbages and lettuces,

    Go to Iguanas Park at lunch-time and enjoy the show (but take care where you stand, some of them rush and might fall on you) :)

    Iguanas feast
    Related to:
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • namastedc's Profile Photo

    Boat Ride on the Malecon Salado

    by namastedc Written Feb 24, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Guayaquil has a new malecon, west of the Malecon 2000, on the Salado estuary. From the south end of this malecon you can take a 45 minute boat tour through the estuary for $3. The tour operates on Saturdays and Sundays only, and leaves every hour on the hour from about 10 to 6.

    In general, you go through a very poor part of the city along the estuary, where the houses are falling into the water. However, you can see the Barcelona futbol stadium and a cement factory!

    Salado Estuary
    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • Joemidwest's Profile Photo

    Fort Santa Ana

    by Joemidwest Written Oct 3, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    At the top of Las Penas is the Fort. This was an ideal spot for the lookouts and defense positions in the 19th and 20th centuries. Now there is a light house behind where the cannons are positioned. It looks good at night but they say it is of no navigational value.

    Cerro Santa Ana lighthouse Fort Santa Ana cannons Replica lookout
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • namastedc's Profile Photo

    Malecon 2000

    by namastedc Written Feb 24, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Guayaquil riverfront area, once a dirty dangerous place, has recently been renovated and is the number one attaction in the city.

    At all hours of the day and late into the night, tourists can stroll the full 2km of its length, enjoying the gardens, buildings, river, restaurants, shops, and museums, without any worry of being harrassed or robbed!

    If you have just one day to spend in Guayaquil, save at least 2 hours for the Malecon 2000.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • DanielR's Profile Photo

    Ecological excursion???

    by DanielR Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Good idea... considering the actual inclination of truly travelers this is the best way to know the natural soul of its citizens, isn't it??

    Cerro Blanco... a natural reserve located near to Guayaquil which offers the oportunity to know how was Guayaquil originally.

    The Cerro Blanco Protector Forest.
    The nearest place to visit, (route to Salinas city beach), which has almost 6000 acres and small hills of over 800 metres over the sea level where you can find different species of animals like “migalas” (big black spiders), eagles, falcons, raccoons, stags and others. Also you'll find a vegetal extensive area where you see the famous “ceibos” well known better because of its particular attitude to throw its leaves to protect itself of the intensive sun and drought. There are over 100 species of plants and trees, 211 of birds, 30 kinds of birds of prey and 33 mammal kinds.

    Its symbol is the “Papagayo de Guayaquil” (parrot of Guayaquil) an endemic colorful specie of bird who lives only in the city zone and is on extinction way.

    You will find a camping and picnic area, an amphitheatre and also the rescue wild life center to observe the parrot of Guayaquil, monkeys, long-tailed monkeys and others. There is a little integral farm with an organic garden produce, medicinal plants, bee honey and other products to sell.

    You will be guide by a special guide of the forest. There are three paths options differentiated by distance and time. My recommendation is to cross the “Buena vista largo” path. (Large nice sight). It will take 5 hours of an interesting hike. Be sure to have comfortable shoes and fresh ecuadorian water.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Camping
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • dreamkapture's Profile Photo

    There is many thing to do in...

    by dreamkapture Written Feb 25, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    There is many thing to do in Guayaqui, cruise the Guaya River night or day, Museum and Central Park, Las Penas, El Parque Historico de Guayaquil(lots of exotic animal and fauna) and around Guayaquil Also.

    I think Guayaquil is a great city to start you journey in Ecuador. You are only 1 hour to the closest beach, 4 hour to Cuenca, 5 hour to Banos, and 1 hour to Galapagos Islands

    Related to:
    • Cycling

    Was this review helpful?

  • Joemidwest's Profile Photo

    Malecon 2000

    by Joemidwest Updated Oct 3, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Malecon 2000 lies between the city an the Guayas River. There are cafe style restaurants, fast food stalls, many outdoor vendors. Plus there is an indoor shopping mall, "Centro Comerical Malecon". You can "cool off" for a bit from the humidity and find just about anything you want in the many stores located there.

    Malecon 2000 Right between the north eastern side of the city.. ...and the river. About 1 1/4 mile end to end.
    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • MarcusM19's Profile Photo

    Free City Tour in Guayaquil

    by MarcusM19 Written May 23, 2014

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Here I found a agency which is offering free city-tours walking to the interesting points of the city center in Guayaquil. I tried it and it was true. Tour was really for free. The guide was speeking a very good english. He had a very good knowledge about the city and he explained a lot about Guayaquil and the way of living in Ecuador. He charged us absolutly nothing. But of course as the tour was really good, we gave him a generous tip.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Seniors

    Was this review helpful?

  • adventour_tourist01's Profile Photo

    Ecuador best destination: "GUAYAQUIL"

    by adventour_tourist01 Updated Dec 25, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Without a doubt Guayaquil is Ecuador's best destination, when I've got there I did not have any expectation on my mind, but as soon as I started to discover this summery city right on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador I was starting to enjoy myself.

    Guayaquil is not only the largest Ecuadorean city but also is the finantial capital of the Ecuadorean economy, here many millions of US dollar move their economy based on the Banana's largest world exporter and the Shrimp exportation plus many Ecuadorean Industries are home of Guayaquil's business district, the main tourist attraction for Guayaquil is the investment of over 300 millions US dollar in a brand new harbor along the Guayas River.

    This brand new pier has been opened since 2000, when they opened their first section, now the whole structure is wide open, more than 2 miles long of places to shop, eat and being discover is the Malecon 2000, this architectonical design built by the Oxford University of London is a great tourist attraction of the entire population, Guayaquil's pride is based on the New Renovated Guayaquil, the entire city had been going to a renovated process that took more than Ten Years to built.

    Guayaquil is well known for being the "Pacific Pearl" due to its natural beauty and marvelous surroundings. The New Guayaquil as the locals call them is becoming the TOP 10 Latinamerican destination and is expected to reach the Top 5 destinations in a few years. On top of that Guayaquil is the New Gateway to the Galapagos Islands, from there anyone can conect very easily to the Islands, without any stops on the way or lay over, due to Geographical reasons Guayaquil is the gateway closer destination to the Galapagos Islands, and also from here you can conect very easily to most US and European destination because Guayaquil offers a 24 hours International Airport with brand new technology, Guayaquil's tourist potential is expected to be increase in 47% for the next two years and is becoming a well known latinamerican tourist destination.

    An overview of the Guayaquil's harbor Guayaquil main attraction the MALECON 2000 A great view from Guayaquil's city A train exhibition on Guayaquil's new pier A local hero at Guayaquil's Plaza
    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Budget Travel
    • Theme Park Trips

    Was this review helpful?

  • Strannik's Profile Photo

    Escalinatas del Cerro de Santa Ana

    by Strannik Updated Jun 25, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    A recommended activity, specially at night, is to go up "Cerro de Santa Ana" stairs, a path that will lead you to the top of this hill from where you will find a beautiful view of the city.

    Besides, on the way you will see several small bars, caffes, restaurants and souvenir shops installed in redisegned houses (you can see pictures of how old houses used to be hanging on facades). The path is safe, with guards every 20 m, but I'd advice you not to try to move farther away the marked path

    Going at night might be better for many because you dont have to deal with ecuatorial sun, plus Gquil nights by the river side are always quite fresh. In any case, keep in mind that there are 444 steps from bottom to top. Good luck!

    Up and down!
    Related to:
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • MarcusM19's Profile Photo

    Whalewatching in Salinas

    by MarcusM19 Written May 28, 2014

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Now in June the whalewatching season is starting at the ecuadorian coast. Visitors of Guayaquil who don't want to stay in the city may opt for a full day tour with whale watching in Salinas. Some local tour operators are offering 2 hours boat excursions at Salinas for the price of 30 $ per Person. The guides on the boats a generally spanish speaking, but if you only want to observe the whales this is not a problem. After the tour you although have the posibility to spent an hour or two at the nice beaches of Salinas. You can reach Salinas easy from the Bus Terminal in Guayaquil in 2 hours. Price for the bus ticket is 3,20 $. If you go by your own you should leave early in the morning, because the whale watching tours start at 10:00. A guided tour with englishspeaking guide you will get at Guayaquil from 130 $ per person. If you are interested in this tour you may contact me to give you detailed informations.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Budget Travel
    • Whale Watching

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Guayaquil

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

21 travelers online now

Comments

Guayaquil Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Guayaquil things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Guayaquil sightseeing.

View all Guayaquil hotels