A picturesque city
Guayaquil encompasses both the modernity of a thriving, 21st century hub but also the history and culture of a long-standing city. There are plenty of opportunities to connect with nature here, making it an all-rounder that will satisfy every type of visitor. Alongside Malecon 2000, Cerro Santa Ana is another newly regenerated area featuring a number of restaurants, shops and bars that are all located along a winding staircase that leads to Plaza de Honores, one of the best viewpoints in the city. If you can brave the 444 steps to the top travellers will be rewarded with stunning scenery but also a colonial style chapel and lighthouse.
Parque Bolivar is situated right in the middle of the city and is home to many an iguana. Visitors can also head to the nearby Santay Island that is accessible via a bridge connecting Guayaquil’s old town to the island. The island is most known for the large amount of mangroves found here as well as its diverse fauna such as racoons, anteaters and birds.