Guayaquil is the largest city in Ecuador, both by population and size. It supports the main port in Ecuador because the city sits on the bank of the Guayas River, which feeds directly into the Pacific ocean. Guayaquil is a very diverse city that offers a variety of tourist attractions, including the Malecon (pier), Las Peñas (a Heritage neighbourhood), and countless cathedrals.
Unlike Quito, Guayaquil can be very crowded and busy. With a population of around 2 million people, coupled with its humidity, Guayaquil can present some challenges. Nonetheless, the city has unparalleled culture and character among all cities in Ecuador.
Also unlike Quito, Guayaquil is located on the coast. Being at sea level, the city does not have the luxury of experiencing mild temperatures. The temperature is generally in to 30s (celsius) all year round.
Guayaquil has an abundance of parks and other recreation facilities. Great restaurants, cathedrals and other tourist attractions, including the waterfront "Malecon". According to TripAdvisor, here are the top 10 things to do in Guayaquil:
- Parque Historico Guayaquil
- Malecon 2000
- Las Penas
- Cerro Santa Ana
- Parque Historico
- Parque de las Iguanas
- Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil
- Hacienda La Danesa
- Isla Santay
- Iglesia San Francisco