Destination guide: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Guayaquil is one of the most important ports in South America and the main driving force of the economy of Ecuador. Its location on the equator means it enjoys an excellent climate and is ideal for visiting at any time of year.
Guayaquil is also the starting point for exploring beautiful beaches, visiting important historical monuments and enjoying the best food in Ecuador.
Guayaquil - Things to do
Where 10 de Agosto hits the malecón you’ll see the famous Moorish-style clock tower, which originally dates from 1770 but has been replaced several times. The 23m-high tower is open to visitors to climb the narrow spiral staircase inside.
Latitude: -2.1960518216633 / Longitude: -79.8802185058594
Opening Hours: 9am-6pm Mon-Fri
Extras: Malecón 2000
Jardín Botánico de Guayaquil
About a half-hour drive north of town near Cerro Colorado, this botanical garden has over 80 orchid varieties and nearly 700 plant species. Paths and trails lead you past the plant exhibits and tropical birds flutter overhead. There is a gift shop, café, butterfly garden and an auditorium. Insect repellent is recommended in the rainy months. With a few days' advance notice, a guided tour can be arranged. The most efficient way of getting there is to take a taxi and ask for Urbanización de Los Orquídeas. Chasquitur offers tours and has information.
Telephone Number: +593 4 256 0519
Opening Hours: 09:00-16:00
Pricing: adults/children & students US$3/US$1.50
Address: Av Francisco de Orellana, NW of City
Guayaquil may be the only city in the world that has land iguanas, some over a meter in length, living downtown. These prehistoric-looking animals, a different species from those found in the Galápagos, are a startling sight in one of Guayaquil's most famous plazas, Parque Seminario which is also known as Parque de las Iguanas. Around its small ornamental gardens are many of Guayaquil's first-class hotels. On the west side of the park is the cathedral, and a block south you'll find the Museo Municipal and the municipal library. The archaeology room on the ground floor has mainly Inca and pre-Inca ceramics, and several figurines from the oldest culture in Ecuador, the Valdivia (c 3200 BC).
Latitude: -2.1950762143156 / Longitude: -79.8829543590546
Address: Parque Seminario Area