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Guayaquil

Guayaquil used to be a place to avoid with little to offer tourists, but Ecuador’s largest city and commercial hub now has more than enough to keep you busy for a couple of days. The 3km-long riverside Malecón is a triumph of local organization, mixing cultural and recreational attractions; the bars and art galleries of the regenerated Las Peñas district are ideal for a stroll in the evening and there are plenty of museums as well as extravagant malls to cool off. If you’re travelling along the coast or en route to the Galapagos it’s convenient to stop over here, but keep things in perspective: as much as Guayaquil has improved in recent years, the oppressive heat could certainly affect your enjoyment and the city remains dangerous in places, particularly at night. Luckily, though, the main tourist areas are very safe and well-patrolled.

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Other places nearby Guayaquil: Puerto López, Ayangue, La Ruta del Sol, Palmar, Puerto Rico, Salinas, Salango, Ayampe, Olón and Montañita.







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Top Hotels in Guayaquil

Sol de Oriente

This is a simple, yet sleek hotel whose various oriental inspirations make it stand out against other characterless hotels in the area. Its 56 rooms come equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, ...
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Dreamkapture Inn

Guayaquil is sadly lacking in good-quality budget accommodation but Dreamkapture, located in a northern suburb Alborada, is a notable exception It’s a few miles from the city center but secure, ...
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Hotel City Plaza

The newest addition to Guayaquil’s top-range accommodation is a modern, sleek business-like hotel. It’s a touch more economical than the city’s grander options but the rooms are still ...
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Hostal Linda

The rooms at this mid-range hotel are a cut above the competition with elegant furnishing, plush décor and marble floors. It’s one of the newest hotels in the center and ideally located ...
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Hotel Rizzo

It’s not as endearing inside as Andaluz but Hotel Rizzo’s position is perfect, right on Parque de las Iguanas. The rooms are well-appointed, some have small balconies and others overlook the ...
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Hotel Mar de Plata

This is one of the best budget options in the centre of town. Most of the options cheaper than this are dirty, seedy and generally unbearable. The rooms are simple but clean with private bath and ...
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Hotel Suites Guayaquil

Hotel Suites Guayaquil is located in the center, near Malecon del Salado. They are comfortable suites ideal for people looking for more privacy and independence than a hotel can offer. Prices ...
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Hampton Inn Guayaquil-Downtown

Boasting 95 rooms and a 24-hour business center, the Hampton Inn Guayaquil-Downtown offers all the necessities for business or pleasure. Dining options inside the hotel include Japanese cuisine at ...
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Hostal Manso

Boutique hotels are very hard to find in Guayaquil and you could easily miss Hostal Manso. It’s small front door is snuggled into a large block opposite Malecón. Venture up the stairs and you’ll ...
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Ecovita

Ecovita is an organic farm camping site located in Pallatanga, two hours from Guayaquil, promoting projects geared toward community efforts and raising awareness about conservation. The name ...
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Hotel Oro Verde

Centrally located and only 10 minutes from the airport, the Oro Verde is a plush choice for those with money to burn. This chain hotel boasts spotless well-furnished rooms, complete with cable TV, ...
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Top Restaurants in Guayaquil

Bopán's

If you are looking for a quick stop for a snack and a cool drink, Bopán's corner location facing the Malecón 2000 provides a great place to watch Guayaquil´s bustling city life pass by the window. ...
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Guayaquil, Ecuador

La Paleta

You wouldn’t happen upon this place by accident, hidden mid-way up Numa Pompillo in Las Peñas, but you should certainly make a beeline for it because it’s one of the most interesting bars in ...
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Guayaquil, Ecuador

La Española

If your standard hotel breakfast hasn’t quite hit the spot then head to this spotless Spanish bakery. It’s a cool escape from the city’s heat with reasonable prices and friendly service. It has ...
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Guayaquil, Ecuador

Las 3 Canastas

This Guayaquil institution has a few branches dotted about the city. It’s a colorful, informal café specializing in pastries, fruit salads, ice creams and of course traditional Ecuadorian ...
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Guayaquil, Ecuador

Hotel Oro Verde

Guayaquil’s top hotel also hosts many of its best restaurants. Choose from French haute cuisine at Le Gourmet, Ecuadorian specialities at El Patio, Swiss dishes including the obligatory cheese ...
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Diva Nicotina

At the bottom of the steps of Las Peñas, this bar is either quiet or heaving, depending on the live music offering, which is its main attraction. The management are quite selective about who plays ...
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Chapus

This rustic, wooden bar is one of the oldest in the northern district of Urdesa. You can have a quiet drink upstairs early in the evening or shake it up on the dancefloor downstairs later on. It gets ...
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Artur’s Café

Wander up to the right along Numa Pompillo in Las Peñas to find this dramatically located café/restaurant perched over the river. The open windows make for a fresh, breezy experience and the menu ...
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Aroma Café

To break up a hot day of sightseeing, it’s hard to beat the location of this open-air restaurant, nestled in the cool, shaded atmosphere of the botanical gardens of Malecón. The café serves a ...
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Sweet & Coffee

Many Guayacos like to pretend they live in Miami, so it’s no surprise that this chain has been a huge success in recent years. Large slices of walnut cake, chocolate Oreo cheesecake and lime ...
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Menestras del Negro

Menestras del Negro may seem like a strange, even offensive name (“The Black Guy\'s Beans” just does not translate well into English), but in Ecuador “El Negro” is often considered an ...
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Top Activities in Guayaquil

MalecĂłn 2000 Activity

The multi-million dollar Malecón 2000 project was begun by former Mayor León Febrés Cordero in the late 1990s and is an astonishing achievement. This 3km public space is by far the biggest ...
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Guayaquil, Ecuador

General cemetery and flower market

Guayaquil’s General Cemetery is among the most elaborate in the Americas. The grounds include neo-classical architecture and sculpture from noted Spanish and Italian artists of the 20th century. ...
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Guayaquil, Ecuador

Puerto Hondo mangroves

Just one kilometer (.62 mi) west of the entrance to the Cerro Blanco forest reserve is Puerto Hondo, a dry, beaten down town that sits on the edge of a slender saltwater estuary. Although the village ...
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Guayaquil, Ecuador

Playas

The closest place to beach near Guayaquil is Playas (officially called General Villamil), which has a fairly extensive stretch of beach. On weekends and during the summer, the place overflows with ...
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Guayaquil Historical Park - Activity

Guayaquil historical park is a great place to go if you want to learn more about the city’s history and the culture of the coastal region. The park is separated into three main sections: the ...
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