Guayaquil & Surroundings
from $850per person
Visit Guayaquil, the largest port in the Pacific, with its Malecón 2000, Santa Ana Hill and nearby natural attractions like Churute Mangrove Reserve and Manglecito Island.
Settled by the Spaniards in 1538, Guayaquil boasts as the largest seaport in the entire Pacific Basin! Moreover, its nearby attractions are plentiful and worth exploring for a rather unexpected surprise. What we know of its pre-Incan past is found in archaeological remains dating back as early as 500 B.C., where amazing civilizations flourished thanks to the rich silt from the Andes that continues to empty into its gulf and thus feeds rich tropical plantations that will complement your visit. Nearby farms are interspersed amongst undisturbed vegetation, including mangroves, islets and primary forests that are the natural habitat of many species of birds and mammals. Such a rich region in all respects also contributes to fresh seafood delights that will cater to the most discriminating palate.
DAY 1. ARRIVAL IN GUAYAQUIL
Welcome to Ecuador! Take the shuttle service to your hotel.
DAY 2. HALF DAY GUAYAQUIL CITY TOUR
The center of Guayaquil is best explored on foot. Marvel at tame iguanas in Seminario Park and continue to the neoclassical City Hall building. Then, walk to the Moorish Clock Tower and the 2.5 km-long Malecón Simón Bolívar boardwalk on the banks of the mighty Guayas River. At La Rotonda Monument, learn about what South America´s two independence heroes, Simón Bolivar and José de San Martín, were planning for the newly formed nations. Continue to the historic colonial district of Las Peñas with its beautiful wooden homes and enjoy a panoramic view of the bustling city via a gradual climb up Santa Ana Hill. (Breakfast)
DAY 3. DAY TRIP TO THE GULF OF GUAYAQUIL
In the morning, travel from Guayaquil to the fishing village of Posorja. In a local tourist boat, journey to a small island called Manglecito in the middle of the expansive Guayas River. You can walk towards a huge colony of magnificent frigate birds. There are about 7,000 birds that live permanently on this island. Also, during the river trip there are small groups of bottlenose dolphins as well as other species of birds, like pelicans, blue-footed boobies, cormorants, ibises, and several species of herons and egrets. Alternatively, you can visit the Subida Alta Community in Puna Island and enjoy its quiet beach. Typical lunch included. Return to Guayaquil in the late afternoon after this memorable experience. (Breakfast / Lunch)
DAY 4. DAY TRIP TO CHURUTE MANGROVE RESERVE & CACAO FARM
We reach Churute Mangrove Reserve, one of the finest and most diverse protected areas of the tropical lowlands of Ecuador – definitely a must for nature lovers. During the trip, spot a variety of bird species: egrets, herons, ibises, cormorants, pelicans, roseate spoonbills, kingfishers and many more. At low tide observe how the locals collect the red mangrove crabs. Afterwards take a short hike through the tropical dry forest at this nature reserve. There’s a good chance to see howler monkeys. Before returning to Guayaquil, visit a small farm to learn about the growing and marketing of the world famous Ecuadorian cacao bean for making chocolate. (Breakfast / Lunch)
DAY 5. DEPARTURE
2019 Rates (per person in double occupancy; minimum 2 people)