Whatever the origin of the name, Guayaquil is nowadays the beating commercial heart of Ecuador with a half-dozen high-rises give it a big-city profile, contrasting with several hillsides engulfed by colorful favelas. However it’s the Río Guayas’ malecón (the riverfront town square) that defines the city’s identity.
There are a lot of resorts in Guayaquil for beach lovers. The Machalilla National Park with huge colonies of albatrosses and frigates attracts a lot of nature lovers. In the old port of Puerto Lopez from the excellent observation deck you can watch whales from June to September.
Here you can admire the buildings of the colonial district of the city, an indoor market made of glass and steel, magnificent thematic and botanical gardens, numerous fountains. The historic Park of Guayaquil houses a zoo and an ethnographic museum. And the coast near the city with beautiful beaches and a place to surf attracts many tourists.
Excursions in Guayaquil
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