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Guayaquil: City Tour with Hotel Pickup and Drop-off

1. Guayaquil: City Tour with Hotel Pickup and Drop-off

Benefit from pick-up at any hotel in Guayaquil at the start of a 3-hour sightseeing tour of the largest and most populous city in Ecuador. Journey to landmark attractions to get an overview of its history and everyday life. Go to the Parque Seminario, where the resident iguanas feed off mango slices fed to them by enchanted tourists! Admire the façade of the San Pedro Apostol Metropolitan Cathedral, built on the site of the city's original cathedral made of wood. See the neoclassical Palacio Municipal, considered one of the most important architectural works in Ecuador. Take a look at the Malecón Simon Bolívar boardwalk, constructed along the waterfront of the Guayas River. Visit the monument of the Hemiciclo de la Rotonda, and venture into the traditional barrio (district) of Las Peñas to admire the colonial houses painted in different colors. Explore the regenerated area of Puerto Santa Ana, once dominated by warehouses, and see the Ecua-Andino factory where the famous Panama hats are produced.

Puerto El Morro Dolphin Watching Activity from Guayaquil

2. Puerto El Morro Dolphin Watching Activity from Guayaquil

Visit the rural parish of Puerto El Morro on this 5-hour excursion. Take in a range of natural attractions including extensive mangrove forests, birds and bottlenose dolphins. Among the native plant species you’re likely to encounter are carob, cullulle, acacia, cascol, plum, rattan and kapok, among others. See birds such as gulls, herons, pelicans, albatrosses and mockingbirds. At times there will be sightings of sea lions, blue-footed boobies and a variety of whales. The bottlenose dolphin lives in the vicinity of Puerto El Morro and Posorja. Head out in a tourist boat escorted by dolphins and further explore the natural wonders of the area.

From Montañita: Paragliding Experience

3. From Montañita: Paragliding Experience

Paragliding flights in front of the sea is a dynamic flight that takes place moving through the skies taking advantage of the mountainside. The sea wind allows you to be able to sustain yourselves in the air and fly like birds. This activity takes place 10 minutes away from Montanita, so you can enjoy the view of the Ecuadorian coast line. Furthermore, all of the pilots are professional certified pilots. The guide takes care of the whole operation, you just have to enjoy and fulfill your dream of flying. The flight experience lasts between 12-15 minutes.

Shuttle Guayaquil to Montañita Beach

4. Shuttle Guayaquil to Montañita Beach

The service includes pick-up from anywhere in Guayaquil. The departure can be adapted to the schedule of the passengers. The fleet of vehicles is new and will be a private service for your convenience. Transportation will pick you up at the airport or any hotel in Guayaquil. You'll receive top service and you are allowed to bring 2 bags per person. One handbag is allowed per person too. Remember to present your service voucher to the representative/guide/driver along with your ID. Please do not forget your documentation.

From Guayaquil: Cloud Forest/Waterfalls Private Tour & Lunch

5. From Guayaquil: Cloud Forest/Waterfalls Private Tour & Lunch

Spend a day amongst the waterfalls and wildlife of Ecuador on the cloud forest trails outside of Bucay. Wander the forest trails and stop at three different waterfalls to swim in the waters beneath each. Learn how to operate a sugar cane press and enjoy a traditional lunch after the trails. Begin the day with hotel pickup from your accommodation in Guayaquil and set out for Bucay Town. Admire spectacular views of the Bucay Mountains during the trip to Bucay Town. Take the car to the top of the mountain, ascending a total of 4,200 feet. Admire the river, plants, and local scenery on the trip up the mountain, and spot the local farm where you will learn to use the traditional "Trapiche" or sugar cane press. Reach the cloud forest and hike through natural trails within the forest. Observe a variety of local plants, animals, trees, and species of birds while exploring the cloud forest, and make three different stops at three different local waterfalls, starting with the first, "Las Mellizas, and take around 45 minutes to explore or refresh yourself in the falls. Continue hiking to reach the second and third waterfalls, "Chorrera del Amor", where you will spend 30 minutes, and "Isabela" where the tour will stop for 90 minutes. Enjoy free time to explore "Isabela" and refresh yourself in the waters of the highest waterfall in Bucay. Leave the forest and arrive at a traditional local restaurant and have a lunch of local cuisine before starting the return trip to Guayaquil to be dropped off back at your hotel.

From Quito: 10-Day Ecuador Highlights Private Tour

6. From Quito: 10-Day Ecuador Highlights Private Tour

Immerse yourself in Ecuadorian culture with a 10-day trip through the country's must-sees. Learn about local history as you stroll through the streets of Quito, Riobamba, and Cuenca. Marvel at the majesty of Cotopaxi Volcano, Quilotoa Lake, the Pailón del Diablo waterfalls, and more magical sites. Day 1 - Overnight in QuitoGet picked up at your chosen location in Quito and begin your adventure by exploring the Old Town. Discover the Basílica del Voto Nacional, La Compañía, El Panecillo, Plaza Grande, and Intiñam Museum. Enjoy the unique chance to stand at the Middle of the World monument. Day 2 - Overnight in QuitoSurround yourself with nature on a tour of the Mindo-Nambillo Ecological Reserve, the land of hummingbirds, and the paradise of butterflies. Walk through the forest with your guide and come across a variety of plants, then taste some local chocolate. Day 3 - Overnight in QuitoTake a day trip to two neighboring towns. Watch Ecuadorian culture come alive in Otavalo, and see the artisans that come to the main square every day to sell their products. Head over to Cotacachi, a town known for its leather production. Day 4 - Overnight in Cotapaxi ProvinceDepart from Quito and stop by the striking Cotopaxi Volcano. Experience the beauty of this rural area, marvel at panoramic views from the volcano, and spend the night in the Cotapaxi province. Day 5 - Overnight in Baños de Agua SantaDive even deeper into the beautiful natural landscapes of the area with a visit to Quilotoa, a crater with a gorgeous tranquil lake inside of it. Enjoy a walking tour around the crater, then continue to Baños de Agua Santa. Day 6 - Overnight in RiobambaGet your adrenaline pumping with the incredible outdoor attractions in Baños de Agua Santa. Seize the chance to. go zip lining, ride a cable car, and admire famous waterfalls, such as the Pailón del Diablo falls. Discover the incredible tree house with a giant swing. Afterward, drive to Riobamba. Day 7 - Overnight in AlausíStroll around the small town of Riobamba and buy some traditional slow-roasted pork from the local market. Admire Chimborazo, the tallest volcano in Ecuador and the closest point to the sun on Earth. Arrive in Alausí and visit the colorful old train station. Day 8 - Overnight in CuencaLeave Alausí and wander around the ancient Ingapirka ruins, where Ecuadorian history started. Continue your journey in Cuenca, one of the country's most beautiful cities, and take part in a Panama hat workshop if you'd like to get to know the town's traditional production process. Day 9 - Overnight in CuencaEmbark on an insightful walking tour of Cuenca Old Town and gaze at its main buildings. Explore the picturesque town of Gualaceo, famous for its handwoven 'makanas'. Day 10 - Overnight in GuayaquilTake the route to Guayaquil, stopping at the breathtaking Cajas National Park along the way. Arrive in the city and visit the 'malecon' area on the Guayas River or choose to take the cable car for a nice aerial view of the city.

Guayaquil: Cloud Forest, Hiking & Canyoning Full Day Tour

7. Guayaquil: Cloud Forest, Hiking & Canyoning Full Day Tour

Immerse yourself in the lush tropical flora of Ecuador on a hiking day trip from Guayaquil. Drive to the top of a 4200 ft. mountain in Bucay, venture through the trails of the cloud forest, descend a waterfall, and savor a local lunch.  Begin with a pickup in the morning from your hotel in Guayaquil and a transfer to Bucay. Admire the vibrant greenery and mountain landscapes.  Take the car to the top of the mountain, ascending a total of 4200 ft. Along the route, see the rivers, plants, and a local farm, where you'll learn about the traditional "Trapiche" (press sugar cane machine). Hike through natural trails in the cloud forest and observe a variety of plants, trees, and many species of birds. You'll also discover 3 waterfalls along the way. Take a shower under the first waterfall named "Las Mellizas" (45m).  Continue to the second and third waterfalls, called "Chorrera del Amor" (30m), and "Isabela" (90m), the highest waterfall in Bucay, where you'll have more time to refresh yourself before canyoning. Buckle up and rappel 30m/98ft down the Chorrera del Amor waterfall. After leaving the forest, arrive at a traditional restaurant and savor a local lunch before starting the return trip to Guayaquil. 

Ecuador: 9-Days, 8-Nights Ecuador Private Foodie Tour

8. Ecuador: 9-Days, 8-Nights Ecuador Private Foodie Tour

DAY 1: WELCOME TO QUITO! (Dinner) Today, your Ecuador & Galapagos Gastronomic Tour starts. After your arrival at Quito Airport, you will have a private transfer to your hotel in Quito. Depending on your arrival time, you will enjoy a welcome cocktail on the hotel rooftop. DAY 2: QUITO FOOD PRIVATE TOUR (Breakfast, Lunch) In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel to start your Quito Food Private Tour. The first visit will be to a Coffe Lab located in the Mariscal area where you’ll enjoy and learn about the multiple varieties of coffee available in Ecuador. You will continue the way to Quito Historical Center with a stop in a local restaurant to enjoy a delicious “empanada” (stuffed bread or pastry). After a short walk around Quito’s main square, you’ll taste the Andes’s variety of flavors with a traditional lunch. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to learn about Quito’s typical sweet traditions like “garrapiñada” (caramel-coated peanuts), and “pristiños” (fried pastries served with raw sugar syrup), or “quesadillas” (muffin topped with frosting). This amazing experience ends with a visit to a traditional “Fonda” (small and traditional restaurant) where you can try the local beer, the famous “chicha” (a fermented beverage made of corn), or local cocktails. DAY 3: COTOPAXI DAY TOUR (Breakfast, Lunch) After breakfast, you will be picked up to go to Cotopaxi National Park. There are several activities that you can choose to do inside the National Park such as horseback riding, mountain biking, or just hiking. You will enjoy a delicious traditional picnic. In the afternoon, you will be dropped off at a local country house where you can see alpacas and enjoy the mountains. DAY 4: COTOPAXI TO GUAMOTE (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) After breakfast, you will go to the Chimborazo province, on the way you have the opportunity to visit towns like Lasso and try the famous “Salcedo Ice Cream” and visit local markets in Latacunga or Saquisili where you can admire the local lifestyle, fruits, and vegetables colors and variety. You will arrive in Guamote, where you can enjoy a delicious “Pamba Mesa” (community food of ancestral origin) and the local activities at the lodge, like a visit to the community. DAY 5: GUAMOTE TO INGAPIRCA (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) This morning, you will enjoy Inti Sisa Comunity, learning about the local activities they practice (farm, school projects, handmade articles, etc) and enjoying an Andean Cooking Class. After lunch, you will drive to the Ingapirca ruins. You will visit these in the afternoon, and at night you have a local hacienda dinner with potato soup and pork. DAY 6: INGAPIRCA AND CUENCA EXPLORATION (Breakfast, Lunch) In the morning you will visit the Ingapirca ruins and then you will be transferred to Cuenca. You will visit the historical center of Cuenca including the Turi viewpoint. You will visit the local market and have lunch at one of the famous restaurants in Cuenca. Cuenca has won South America’s Leading City Break Destination of 2018, and you will see in this tour why that is the case. It is an amazing city with a lot of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. At night you will go to a wonderful rooftop bar where you will enjoy some cocktails. DAY 7: CUENCA - HACIENDA DANESA (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart to the Ecuadorian Coast region. You will have a view of Cajas National Park and other beautiful panoramic views. You will arrive at Hacienda La Danesa, where you will enjoy a delicious local lunch and enjoy the afternoon with local activities like tubing, chocolate-making tour, or hacienda activities. DAY 8: VISIT TO ¨DOS HEMISFERIOS¨ - GUAYAQUIL (Breakfast, Lunch) Rebecca Adventure Travel Ecuador-gastro-tour-D8 Early in the morning, you will depart to Progreso sector to visit the “Dos Hemisferios”, You will have a tour of the vineyard, where you can learn how made the impossible possible, sowing and harvesting grapes for high-quality wine. Following this, you will visit the plant, where you will be able to learn about the entire winemaking process. Once the tour is over, you will return to Gran Samán, where you will finally be able to taste wines like Bruma Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay, Enigma, and Travesía Cabernet Sauvignon and Paradoja wines, along with a delicious three-course picnic lunch. Late transfer to Guayaquil. DAY 9: GUAYAQUIL TRANSFER OUT (Breakfast) You will be brought to Guayaquil Airport by the hotel shuttle.

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What people are saying about Guayaquil

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 17 reviews

El senor Jaime fue muy amable y seguri lo vamos a aconsejar a todo el mundo por su competencia y educacion. No only nos informo 'sobre la ciudad, su historia y su cultura, but tambien nos count' chistes y leyendas curiosas. Supo adaptar el tour a nuestras exigencias.

Door-to-door service with a bilingual, super-knowledgeable guide. We strayed off the itinerary a bit to explore the things that we were most interested in and had a blast. Highly recommend this tour and Francisco!

Jaime was a wonderful and sweet tour guide who clearly loves his city and meeting travelers. He had interesting and insightful stories and a unique perspective. Would highly recommend.

Very interesting tour with Jaime. In Spanish or English (fluent). He has been a wonderful guide!

We appreciated that Jaime was so willing to accommodate our interests.