South of Guayaquil attractions

Farm in South of Guayaquil

Cacau E Mango

Learn how cocoa is produced at this pleasant, rustic 10-hectare farm, run by the friendly and welcoming Lara family. Day trips include a tour of the farm, chocolate-making demonstration, and a farm-to-table meal usi…
National Park in El Bosque Petrificado Puyango

El Bosque Petrificado Puyango

A 4km boardwalk loop leads to the petrified forest (take the trail behind the toilet block; another dirt road to the left leads to private land). The dry season between May and November is the best time to visit, as…
Nature Reserve in Reserva Ecológica Manglares Churute

Reserva Ecológica Manglares Churute

This 50,000 hectare national reserve protects an area of mangroves that serve as an important and unique habitat for many species. Visitors can hire a motorized canoe ($40) and tour the canals for the chance to see …
Nature Reserve in Zaruma

Reserva Buenaventura

Run by the Fundación Jocotoco, this 27-sq-km cloud-forest reserve is a fantastic spot for bird-watching. There are a number of short trails, simple wooden cabins (per person including full board $130), and a restaur…
Mine in Zaruma

La Mina el Sexmo

While Zaruma's mines are mostly exhausted or closed to visitors, you can step inside a 500m-long tunnel in La Mina el Sexmo. Guests don boots and a helmet and stroll into the earth (following a 10-minute video on th…
Church in Zaruma

Virgen del Carmen Church

The town's beautifully decorated church, with a white, mint green and gold interior, dates back to 1912, and is worth a look. It's located in the main plaza, and a good point of reference.
Cathedral in Machala


Machala's three-domed catedral (cathedral) rises high above the Parque Juan Montalvo.
Notable Building in Machala

Town Hall

This building houses key administrative offices for Machala and the surrounding region.