Welcome to South Coast

The gateway to the region is Guayaquil, a buzzing, tropical city that has gone through a remarkable transformation in recent years. To the west lies the coastal Ruta Spondylus, where you can watch migrating humpback whales or visit colonies of blue-footed boobies off Puerto Lopez, join the surf and party crowd in Montañita, or unwind in the peaceful seaside enclaves of Ayampe and Olón.

South of Guayaquil is mostly banana country, featuring miles and miles of oro verde (green gold). Machala celebrates its banana legacy, and is the entry point to the rustic, mangrove-covered island of Jambelí. Meanwhile, Zaruma is a picturesque colonial mountain town.

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$48 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Guayaquil Sightseeing with Optional Historical Park

After meeting your informative guide at your hotel in the morning, begin your private city tour of Guayaquil with a stop Simon Bolivar Park. Learn about historical landmarks from your guide as you stroll though the main streets and avenues of the city. See the statues of Simon Bolivar and Saint Martin in La Rotonda.Then, head over to Guayaquil’s oldest neighborhood, known for its charming restaurants, art galleries and craft shops, and climb the staircase up Cerro Santa Ana (Santa Ana Hill) for a majestic view of the city from more than 1,000 feet (300 meters). Next, board your vehicle for a detour to the southern end of Malecón 2000, a 1-mile (2.5-km) stretch of boardwalk overlooking the Guayas River (Rio Guayas) and surrounded by sculptures, ponds and playgrounds.After your tour, your guide will drop you off at your hotel in Guayaquil.

$20 Transfers & Ground Transport

Guayaquil Arrival Transfer

When you land at the José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport, your experienced and friendly driver will meet you at the arrivals gate and drive you to your hotel in Guayaquil. Whether you’re traveling individually, with a partner or in a group, your ground transportation needs will be covered by this airport transfer service. Avoid the confusion of taxis or public transportation and enjoy a hassle-free way to start your vacation! When making a booking, you will need to advise your flight details and your Guayaquil accommodation details. Your transfer will be confirmed instantaneously and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver.

$130 Day Trips & Excursions

Small Group Guayaquil and Cocoa Farm Full-Day Tour

Travelers are picked up at 10am from their hotels to drive for an hour through the countryside to the cocoa farm. Once you get to the cocoa farm, you may walk around to see the nursery of cocoa trees, the cocoa plantation, and end up making chocolate from scratch. If you book the optional lunch at the farm, you will have lunch there. Otherwise, you come back to the city for lunch (at own expense). Next, your guide will take to the check the main highlights of downtown: The Iguana Park, The Cathedral, The Malecon 2000 and Las Peñas neighborhood. By the end of this activity, you will be driven back to your hotel.

$40 Tours & Sightseeing

Guayaquil City Tour

Visit the Seminario Park, also popularly known as Las Iguanas park, by the reptiles that dwell there. The site has its natural charm with trees and an artificial pond in which goldfish swim. We head then to the Metropolitan Cathedral . The Cathedral stands on the site where the first mother church of the New Town was built. Then we proceed to the Plaza de Management. The Arosemena passage is one of the urban values of the Plaza. Crisscross the Municipal Palace, on a tour in which the visitor can admire the iron and glass cover with decorative stained glass. Around we can see the Nahim Isaias Museum, and monuments like: A Sucre, The Forge of Vulcan, the Fountain of Glory and Grace. Then will visit the Tower Morica known as the Public Clock Tower. We walk along the Malecon 2000 and we can see the towers of the four elements. We then arrive at the Monument to the 2 Liberators: Simon Bolivar and San Martin. Our tour ends in the equity and very relevant area of Guayaquil: Las Peñas. The Santa Ana hill also is a tourist area. The access to this area is by the steps of Diego Noboa, which are 444 steps. Here you will find plazas, gazebos, museums, chapel, lighthouse, art galleries, craft shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. We turn next to Santa Ana hill and start Pompillo Llona Numa Street where we can find Plaza Colón Fortin the Planchada, where currently two big guns of the republican era of Ecuador are being exhibited. We arrive at Puerto Santa Ana. It has natural environment by being located opposite the Guayas River. Visit  Plaza Pilsener, where many art events are developed and where you can find museums like the Popular Music Museum and the Beer Museum. End of Services.

$125 Private & Custom Tours

Guayaquil City Tour with Malecon and Las Penas

Guayaquil is the main port of the country and is considered one of the most important because its location and infrastructure provides facilities for international maritime trade. Guayaquil is situated on the river Guayas that is connected to the Pacific Ocean.The Malecon is a historic city pillar, and since the beginning the city plays a major role in its development and beautification. The Malecon 2000 is one of the new magnets in the city which attracts thousands of people, especially on weekends. After, we continue to Las Peñas Neighborhood declared as a Cultural Heritage in 1982 and is situated surrounding the Cerro Santa Ana. Here you will obtain an amazing panoramic view on the city and the Guayas River. The neighborhood is a reminder of the 16th century colonial Guayaquil. It is the most traditional district, because every house has its own history. Important cultural and political figures lived in this neighborhood, including Ernesto "che" Guervara. Fishermen and sailors are the true characters of this city. The Seminario Park is located on the way back to the hotel. Exactly 300 years ago was this Park the heart of Colonial Guayaquil. It maintains a classical atmosphere that makes it so special. It is currently known as the Park of the iguanas, because of the lizards.Finally, we go to Historical Park which is separated into three distinct sections, each tailor made to educate visitors on an important part of Ecuadorian history. The Wildlife Zone is home to plants and animals; the Urban Architecture Zone preserves historical turn-of-the-century buildings; and the Traditions Zone celebrates the cocoa-producing culture of the Ecuadorian coast.

$100 Day Trips & Excursions

Guayaquil to Hacienda La Danesa Day Trip with 3-Course Lunch

A certified professional driver will pick you up at 8:45am at your desired location. You will arrive at Hacienda La Danesa at around 10:00am. The host will greet you and give you a warm welcome to the farm and tell you about La Danesa's history. You will have free time to check out the gardens, have a drink and take photographs. You will be taking photos of this beautiful historic property. 10:30am Cacao Plantation Tour and Artisan Chocolate Making: You will walk through a Teak avenue for 10 minutes until you get to the cacao plantation where you will learn the history and process of the cacao in Ecuador. You could also get here on "fat tires" bikes. In this first stop, you will learn about the growing, harvesting and artisan chocolate making. 11:30am Hacienda La Danesa's Products Tasting: The farm produces jams, 100% raw honey, chocolate, dulce de leche and others delicious products with the help of the local community. Hacienda La Danesa aims to support the local women from the neighboring communities through the creation of micro enterprises. You may try this products with no pressure or expectations but be sure you will love them! 12:00pm Three-course Lunch: La Danesa offers a truly unique gastronomic experience inspired in a Farm-to-Table ethos. It grows and produces most of the ingredients at the farm, while buying the rest from the neighboring communities. Although you will not be choosing out of a menu, the chef will offer your three options for the main course for you to choose. First course and dessert are by chef's recommendation. Vegan/vegetarian option will be available. 1:30pm Coffee and Tea in the Garden/Milking: La Danesa produces around 1,200 liters of milk every day and had won for 20 years in a row the best dairy cattle in Ecuador. One of the cows will come to the garden and share some of her milk. If you want a Café ai Lait you will have to take the espresso straight to the cow's udder! 2:00pm Tubing in the River/Bikes/Relaxing: At this time you may choose to float down the river, go biking with a local guide or relax in our hammocks sipping on your favorite wine with relaxing music. There are three rivers inside the property that offer the perfect place for fun and relaxing water activities. Guests can float down on tubes with a local guide and embrace the beauty of the surrounding peaceful environment watching fish, birds, iguanas and if you are lucky enough maybe even deer, snakes and sloths. Please bring a change of clothers, bathing suit and a towel from your hotel. 3:30pm Guayaquil City Tour (Optional): Our guests may decide to go for a 1 hour scenic City Tour or just stay ate Hacienda La Danesa until your desired time. 5:00pm Drop off at your Hotel