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Best things to do in Guayaquil

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Where in the world: South America  /  Ecuador  /  Guayas Province  /  Guayaquil

Top 15 things to do in Guayaquil

1. Guayaquil Historical Park

Get a glimpse into how the city looked a century ago at Guayaquil Historical Park, where you can also get to know local traditions, rural customs, and native wildlife. Stroll along elevated pathways through banana plants, a dry tropical forest, and mangrove trees, and observe birds, reptiles, and other animals in their natural habitat. See old farming tools and learn about the life of farmers who worked the rice fields, coffee, cocoa, and banana plantations during the "cocoa boom." The courtyard of a restored hacienda serves a stage where costumed characters play out the 19th-century routines of daily life. Taste some of the traditional dishes at an old-fashioned bakery.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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2. Hacienda La Danesa

Hacienda La Danesa provides a wide breadth of activities in the picturesque Ecuadorian countryside. Primarily a dairy farm, the hacienda allows visitors to take part in the dairy process by milking a cow. The countryside is beautiful and you can horseback ride along a dirt road lined by teak trees, tube on the local river, or cycle through a cocoa plantation. Hang out with the farm animals, (always a plus for kids), and experience an organic meal prepared by the hacienda chefs.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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3. Cerro Santa Ana

Dotted with brightly painted homes, cafes, art galleries, and craft shops, Cerro Santa Ana owes its name to a legendary Spanish treasure hunter who topped the hill with a votive cross to Santa Ana. Follow the winding 444-step stairway to reach the lighthouse on the hilltop, which offers panoramic views of the city and its rivers. At the open-air museum you can see the remains of a 17th-century fortress and cannons, which protected the city from pirate attacks. Other highlights include a bar occupying half of a reconstructed pirate ship, a small chapel, and a naval museum.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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4. Malecon 2000

A model of urban regeneration, Malecon 2000 provides a wide range of attractions and entertainment options along the Guayas River. Once little more than a pathway, the boardwalk fell into disrepair in the 20th century before its re-inauguration as a public space in 1999. Wander along the 2.5 km (1.5 mi) waterfront packed with monuments, historical buildings, gardens, museums, and more. Afterwards, kick back with a drink or a bite to eat at one of the many food courts, bars, and cafes scattered along its length, or simply find a comfortable green space and people-watch.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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5. Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil

Appreciate the remarkable sense of light and space you get standing inside Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil. Constructed between 1924 and 1937 to replace Guayaquil's original wooden cathedral (which burned down on the same site in 1692), the beige, twin-spired structure dominates the city center. With simple light-colored columns and arches that climb high to the cavernous ceiling, the cathedral seems remarkably airy. Admire the many stained glass windows, depicting famous religious scenes in dazzling color.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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6. Isla Santay

Isla Santay sits connected to the city via an 840 m (2,755 ft) pedestrian bridge. The wetland island is a protected area, renowned for its biodiversity and conservation efforts. Explore the island by bike or on foot, passing through the small village where the island’s population of about 210 lives. You can stroll along the wooden boardwalk that crosses the island lengthwise, meet the crocodile community at the village, birdwatch, or experience the scenic green trail.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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7. Parque Seminario

Pay attention as you walk through Parque Seminario, or you might trip over one of the park's namesake lizards. The small square, once the main one in the city, gradually fell into disrepair over the years, until it was essentially taken over by a significant population of iguanas. Nowadays the large reptiles live in harmony with the humans who use the park, even deigning to pose for the occasional touristy photo. Don't worry if an iguana approaches you--it won't bite, and might climb up onto your leg if you're lucky.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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9. Las Penas

Climb the iconic steps of Las Penas and admire the patchwork of color surrounding you. Typified by its multicolored houses, the neighborhood adds a splash of light to Guayaquil as it blankets Cerro Santa Ana and dips down to the river. Sense the history of Guayaquil's oldest residential neighborhood, which also stands out as the only part of the city not to have been burnt down at some point. You'll feel like you're in a painting as you stop for a coffee at one of the bright houses, many of which have been converted into cafes or bars.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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12. Iglesia San Francisco

Visit Iglesia San Francisco, the city's third oldest church and the symbol of Catholics all over Guayaquil. The building dates back to the very early 18th century when the structure was made entirely from wood, though it has undergone several renovations since that time. The history of the church dates back further to the 17th century, and links inscrutably to the movement of San Franciscans to Guayaquil, bringing their religion with them. The local attendance of this church remains particularly high, so a visit offers a glimpse of local everyday life.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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13. Malecon del Salado

Take a stroll through an ongoing urban renewal project at Malecon del Salado. Walk along the river and admire the art pieces dotting the area, or sit down at one of many restaurants for a meal or coffee. If you're traveling with children in tow, take advantage of the area's playgrounds, and consider staying for the choreographed show of "dancing" fountains.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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14. Plaza Lagos

Stop by Plaza Lagos and relax in one of this complex's many restaurants, outdoor cafes, and wine bars amid leafy and charming settings. An artificial lake, fountain, and palm trees all combine to create an alluring atmosphere to relax in as you enjoy alfresco meals encompassing anything from Spanish tapas and South American fusion to gourmet Italian sandwiches. Look out for bars and cafes hosting live music along the area's walkways.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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