Best of Guayaquil
Montañita: Surf and sunbathe by day and party by night in the coast’s biggest backpacker hub.
Malecón 2000: Guayaquil’s regenerated waterfront contains museums, monuments, malls, and gardens stretching three kilometers up to the colorful artistic district of Las Peñas, which boasts sweeping views over the city.
Parque de las Iguanas (Parque Bolívar): New York has urban squirrels, and Guayaquil has urban iguanas. Watch them laze in the sun and occasionally fall out of trees in the shadow of Guayaquil’s towering cathedral.
Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve: Rare shorebirds nest among the mangroves in this gigantic reserve south of Guayaquil.
Zaruma: Relax in this dramatic hilltop town, which has colonial architecture, a fascinating gold-mining history, breathtaking views, and a darn good cup of coffee.
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