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Top Choice Museum in Guayaquil

Museo Antropológico y de Arte Contemporáneo

Marking the end of riverfront is the modern MAAC, a museum of anthropology and archaeology that hosts a superb permanent collection of pre-Colombian pieces and videos showing artistic techniques of early peoples. Ch…
Top Choice Spanish in Guayaquil

La Tasca de Carlos

This friendly, family-run tavern serves up delicacies from the old world, with creamy tortillas, arroz negro con calamares (rice with squid ink and calamari), pulpo a la gallega (Galician-style octopus) and rich pae…
Top Choice Ecuadorian in Guayaquil

Lo Nuestro

Housed in a century-old mansion complete with wooden shutters and period furniture, Lo Nuestro is one of the most atmospheric places in Guayaquil to feast on ceviche, sea bass with crab and other seafood dishes. Mus…
Zoo in Guayaquil

Parque Histórico Guayaquil

Colonial history meets the zoo at this large sight across the Puente Rafael Mendoza Aviles Bridge, east of Río Daule. The park is divided into three ‘zones’: the Endangered Wildlife Zone, which has 45 species of bir…
Street in Guayaquil

Waterfront

One of the most extensive urban-renewal projects in South America, the waterfront is a gated, policed public space stretching 2.5km along the wide Rió Guayas with ponds, playgrounds, gardens, open-air restaurants, m…
Square in Guayaquil

Malecón 2000

Malecón 2000, one of the most extensive urban-renewal projects in South America, is made up of ponds, playgrounds, sculptures, gardens and river views. From its southernmost point at the Mercado Sur to Cerro Santa A…
Museum in Guayaquil

Museo Municipal

A block south of Parque Bolívar, you’ll find this museum 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 Ec…
Museum in Guayaquil

Museo de la Musica Popular Guayaquileña Julio Jaramillo

This small, quaint museum is worth a peek while strolling through this historic area. One part is dedicated to the great singers and songwriters of Ecuador (especially the legendary Julio Jaramillo), with old Victro…
in Guayaquil

Jardín Botánico de Guayaquil

About a half-hour drive north of town near Cerro Colorado, this botanical garden has more than 80 orchid varieties and nearly 700 plant species. Paths and trails lead you past the plant exhibits and tropical birds f…
Ecuadorian in Guayaquil

Pique & Pase

The best restaurant for traditional Ecuadorian specialties also has traditionally clad waiters. It’s worth sharing several small dishes, like bolon verde (fried plantain with mashed cheese), humitas (corn dumpling s…