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Guayaquil & The South Pacific Travel Guide


Originally existing as an indigenous village, Guayaquil was declared a city by the Spanish conquistador Francisco de Orellana in 1528. It became an important port and ship building centre for the Spanish and today it has grown into Ecuador’s largest city. Though not a huge tourist attraction and mostly only visited as a stopping off point on route to the Galapagos, Guayaquil has a pleasant promenade, a brightly coloured historic district and a famous park full of friendly iguanas! The south pacific coast north of Guayaquil is a lesser visited region but a great place to unwind and come here between June and August and you can see the migrating humpback whales.

The lesser visited southern Pacific coast of Ecuador is great for whale watching and makes for an authentic, off the beaten track retreat

Best months to visit Guayaquil & The South Pacific

Guayaquil and the South Pacific Coast is best visited outside of the rainy season which is January until April where the coast is very hot and humid. Whale watching is also possible between June and August.

Our hand-picked hotels in Guayaquil & The South Pacific

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a our favourites in Guayaquil & The South Pacific.

Best reasons to visit Guayaquil & The South Pacific

Although not a spectacular city, Guayaquil has some interesting sites, and further up the coast there are more activities available. Here are our highlights for the area.

Check out the Iguana Park in Guayaquil

Take a walk along Guayaquil’s Malecon

Explore the picturesque neighbourhood of Las Peñas

Climb the Cerro Santa Ana for views over Guayaquil

Venture up the coast for whale watching from June until August

Weather Averages for Guayaquil & The South Pacific

Other destinations in Ecuador

Discover romantic and colonial Cuenca, go hiking in Otavalo or bird watching in the Cloud Forest. Click the links below to continue exploring Ecuador’s diverse destinations with our essential guides.

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