Guayaquil
12/07/2019 12:00 AM
12/07/2019 12:00 AM
Depart U.S. and arrive Guayaquil by late evening. We've found that Miami is a convenient gateway for most, but other air alternatives are available. If you choose to take the non-stop American Airlines group flight from Miami, we depart in the early evening with a flying time of approximately four hours. Upon arrival in Guayaquil, it's a short drive to the Hotel del Parque, a restored 19th-century building nestled within the secluded haven of Parque Histórico's lush botanical gardens.,

Optional Private Excursions available for purchase

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!

Guayaquil Scenic Tour plus lunch - Half Day Tour

Guayaquil is Ecuador’s natural port, and its largest city with a population of three million. It is also the country’s financial and commercial center.  This tropical city lies on the banks of the Guayas River, thirty miles inland from the Gulf of Guayaquil. The people of Guayaquil are outgoing and open, they enjoy their city and are fiercely proud of their heritage. It is not surprising to hear the drama of Guayas, a brave indigenous leader, who in his desperation to avoid falling into the hands of the Spanish conquerors, decided to kill his wife, Quil, before drowning himself in the waters of the river. Their names were joined; a city was baptized.

This visit includes the main attractions of the Port of Guayaquil, starting with the Centennial Plaza that honors the heroes of Guayaquil's independence, and then along 9th of October Boulevard to the heart of the business district of the city with the Plaza of the Administration and the striking Government and Municipal Buildings.  A short stroll takes guests to the famous Moorish Clock Tower and Bolívar Park, with an equestrian statue of South America's liberator, Simón Bolívar.  The latter is also called "the park of the iguanas", as here they roam undisturbed and perch on the treetops, blending perfectly with the green leaves.  Beside the park is the neo-gothic Metropolitan Cathedral.  Then drive to the southern end of  Guayaquil's ravishing Malecon 2000  to see  the Crystal Palace, the Integration Square, the Plaza of the Flags and the Plaza Olmedo, which are together, at the beginning of a 2.5 Km. (1.5 mile) waterfront, running parallel to the River Guayas and featuring historical, cultural and entertainment areas.  An easy walk, past decorative elements featuring the four elements: earth, fire, water and air, leads to La Rotonda, which commemorates the meeting of Simon Bolivar and Jose de San Martin, the liberators of South America.   Then on to Barrio Las Peñas, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Guayaquil, whose wooden constructions have been  beautifully restored, housing many art galleries.  Drive past Guayaquil's cemetery with outstanding marble sculptures by famous Italian artists on to Urdesa residential area to end at Malecón del Salado, the latest urban regeneration project of the city. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

For the best possible experience we recommend:

  • Wear light clothes for warm weather.

  • Good walking shoes or sandals

  • Hat or cap, sun protection even if is overcast.

Notes:

  • This tour operates daily.
  • Guayaquil is a tropical city, with temperatures ranging between 21°C and 30°C (70° to 90° F) all year. Rain protection is advised, especially from January through May.


Includes:

  • Private with guide and driver
  • Lunch
  • Pick up/drop off at the port at extra cost
Guayaquil Scenic Tour and Historical Park - Half Day Tour

Guayaquil is Ecuador’s natural port, and its largest city with a population of three million. It is also the country’s financial and commercial center.  This tropical city lies on the banks of the Guayas River, thirty miles inland from the Gulf of Guayaquil. The people of Guayaquil are outgoing and open, they enjoy their city and are fiercely proud of their heritage. It is not surprising to hear the drama of Guayas, a brave indigenous leader, who in his desperation to avoid falling into the hands of the Spanish conquerors, decided to kill his wife, Quil, before drowning himself in the waters of the river. Their names were joined; a city was baptized.

This visit includes the main attractions of the Port city of Guayaquil and the always interesting Historical Park, starting with the Centennial Plaza that honors the heroes of Guayaquil's independence, and then along 9th of October Boulevard to the heart of the business district of the city with the Plaza of the Administration and the striking Government and Municipal Buildings.  A short stroll takes guests to the famous Moorish Clock Tower and Bolívar Park, with an equestrian statue of South America's liberator, Simón Bolívar.  The latter is also called "the park of the iguanas", as here they roam undisturbed and perch on the treetops, blending perfectly with the green leaves.  Beside the park is the neo-gothic Metropolitan Cathedral.  Then drive to the southern end of  Guayaquil's ravishing Malecón 2000  to see  the Crystal Palace, the Integration Square, the Plaza of the Flags and the Plaza Olmedo, which are together, at the beginning of a 2.5 Km. (1.5 mile) waterfront, running parallel to the River Guayas and featuring historical, cultural and entertainment areas.  An easy walk, past decorative elements featuring the four elements: earth, fire, water and air, leads to La Rotonda, which commemorates the meeting of Simon Bolivar and Jose de San Martin, the liberators of South America. Then on to Barrio Las Peñas, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Guayaquil, whose wooden constructions have been  beautifully restored, housing many art galleries.  Drive past Guayaquil's cemetery with outstanding marble sculptures by famous Italian artists on to Urdesa residential area to end at Malecón del Salado, the latest urban regeneration project of the city.

Then continue towards Samborondon across the Daule river, located in the north part of the city. “Parque Histórico” was created by the Central Bank of Ecuador to preserve the culture and customs of the Ecuadorian coast. The park provides an opportunity to discover the traditions and roots of our culture, in particular to the people of the coast land.  Visitors will enter an unknown part of the world and rediscover what the pacific coast of Ecuador used to be long before in different periods of time and history. A good chance to have an easy walk, enjoy the weather and find out new a surprising things about Guayaquil region. Return to the hotel

The park is divided in three sections, each one dedicated to the preservation of an important part of our history: Wildlife, Urban-Architecture. and Traditions.

Wildlife Section: This area was designed to restore and preserve the original vegetation and wildlife of the ecosystems representative of this zone like mangrove, flooded savanna and tropical dry forest, which existed in abundance in the province of Guayas in the past.

Architectural Section:  In the 1980's the Central Bank of Ecuador rescued four building of historical significance and importance. These buildings have been being rebuilt at “Parque Histórico” recreating the architectural style of the era through the design of interior and exterior spaces.  This gives visitors a unique perspective of what Guayaquil was like in the early 20th century, and a feel of having traveled back in time.

Traditions Section: In this zone “Parque Histórico” tries to establish a close encounter with the way of life, customs and production in the coastal countryside of the late 19th century and early 20th century, in which there was a resurgence of the national economy due to the cocoa production.


Includes:

  • Private with guide and driver
  • Entrance Fee
  • Pick up/ Drop off at the port at extra cost


Notes:
Only operates Wednesdays - Sundays, except bank holidays. 



For the best possible experience we recommend:

  • Wear light clothes for warm weather.
  • Bring mosquito repellent.
  • Good walking shoes or sandals
  • Hat or cap, sun protection even if is overcast. 
  • Altitude:  sea level.
  • Guayaquil is a tropical city, with temperatures ranging between 21°C and 30°C (70° to 90° F) all year.  Here the vibe is Caribbean, in marked contrast to Ecuador’s Andean region. 
  • Guayaquil, in the last years has become a very interesting tourist destination.
  • Rain protection is advised, especially from January through May.
Guayaquil - Scenic Tour - 3 hours
Guayaquil is Ecuador’s natural port, and its largest city with a population of three million. It is also the country’s financial and commercial center.  This tropical city lies on the banks of the Guayas River, thirty miles inland from the Gulf of Guayaquil. The people of Guayaquil are outgoing and open, they enjoy their city and are fiercely proud of their heritage. It is not surprising to hear the drama of Guayas, a brave indigenous leader, who in his desperation to avoid falling into the hands of the Spanish conquerors, decided to kill his wife, Quil, before drowning himself in the waters of the river. Their names were joined; a city was baptized.

This visit includes the main attractions of the Port of Guayaquil, starting with the Centennial Plaza that honors the heroes of Guayaquil's independence, and then along 9th of October Boulevard to the heart of the business district of the city with the Plaza of the Administration and the striking Government and Municipal Buildings. A short stroll takes guests to the famous Moorish Clock Tower and Bolívar Park, with an equestrian statue of South America's liberator, Simón Bolívar. The latter is also called "the park of the iguanas", as here they roam undisturbed and perch on the treetops, blending perfectly with the green leaves. Beside the park is the neo-gothic Metropolitan Cathedral. Then drive to the southern end of Guayaquil's ravishing Malecon 2000 to see the Crystal Palace, the Integration Square, the Plaza of the Flags and the Plaza Olmedo, which are together, at the beginning of a 2.5 Km. (1.5 mile) waterfront, running parallel to the River Guayas and featuring historical, cultural and entertainment areas. An easy walk, past decorative elements featuring the four elements: earth, fire, water and air, leads to La Rotonda, which commemorates the meeting of Simon Bolivar and Jose de San Martin, the liberators of South America. Then on to Barrio Las Peñas, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Guayaquil, whose wooden constructions have been beautifully restored, housing many art galleries.  Drive past Guayaquil's cemetery with outstanding marble sculptures by famous Italian artists on to Urdesa residential area to end at Malecón del Salado, the latest urban regeneration project of the city. Return to your hotel or continue on to your next destination. 

For the best possible experience we recommend:

  • Wear light clothes for warm weather.

  • Good walking shoes or sandals

  • Hat or cap, sun protection even if is overcast.

Notes:

  • This tour operates daily.
  • Guayaquil is a tropical city, with temperatures ranging between 21°C and 30°C (70° to 90° F) all year. Rain protection is advised, especially from January through May.


Includes:

  • Private with guide and driver
  • Lunch
  • Pick up/drop off at the port at extra cost
Guayaquil - Historical Park (3 hours)

“Parque Histórico” was created by the Central Bank of Ecuador to preserve the culture and customs of the Ecuadorian coast. The park provides an opportunity to discover the traditions and roots of our culture, in particular to the people of the coast land.
 

Guayaquil is Ecuador’s natural port, and its largest city with a population of three million. It is also the country’s financial and commercial center. This tropical city lies on the banks of the Guayas River, thirty miles inland from the Gulf of Guayaquil. The people of Guayaquil are outgoing and open, they enjoy their city and are fiercely proud of their heritage. It is not surprising to hear the drama of Guayas, a brave indigenous leader, who in his desperation to avoid falling into the hands of the Spanish conquerors, decided to kill his wife, Quil, before drowning himself in the waters of the river. Their names were joined; a city was baptized.

Leave the hotel towards to Samborondon across the Daule river, located the north part of the city, “Parque Histórico” was created by the Central Bank of Ecuador to preserve the culture and customs of the Ecuadorian coast. The park provides an opportunity to discover the traditions and roots of our culture, in particular to the people of the coast land.  Visitors will enter an unknown part of the world and rediscover what the pacific coast of Ecuador used to be long before in different periods of time and history. A good chance to have an easy walk, enjoy the weather and found out new a surprising things about Guayaquil region.

The park is divided in three sections, each one dedicated to the preservation of an important part of our history: Wildlife, Urban-Architecture and Traditions.

Wildlife Section: This area was designed to restore and preserve the original vegetation and wildlife of the ecosystems representative of this zone like mangrove, flooded savanna and tropical dry forest, which existed in abundance in the province of Guayas in the past.

Architectural Section:  In the 1980's the Central Bank of Ecuador rescued four building of historical significance and importance. These buildings have been being rebuilt at Parque Historico recreating the architectural style of the era through the design of interior and exterior spaces.  This gives visitors a unique perspective of what Guayaquil was like in the early 20th century, and a feel of having traveled back in time.

Traditions Section: In this zone “Parque Historico” tries to establish a close encounter with the way of life, customs and production in the coastal countryside of the late 19th century and early 20th century, in which there was a resurgence of the national economy due to the cocoa production.
 

For the best possible experience we recommend:

  • Wear light clothes for warm weather.

  • Good walking shoes or sandals

  • Hat or cap, sun protection even if is overcast.

Notes:

  • This tour operates daily, except Mondays and Tuesdays
  • Guayaquil is a tropical city, with temperatures ranging between 21°C and 30°C (70° to 90° F) all year. Rain protection is advised, especially from January through May.

Includes:

  • Private with guide and driver
  • Pick up/drop off at the port at extra cost

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