Though it isn't Ecuador's capital, Guayaquil is the most populous city in the country and also functions as the main port. Situated on the Guayas River and characterized by sun, music, and seafood, this vibrant waterfront city is said to have Caribbean soul. Travelocity can help you find the best Guayaquil hotels and vacation packages in Guayaquil so you can spend more time fantasizing about that balmy tropical weather and planning your excursions.
Drop your bags at your choice among a variety of cheap hotels in Guayaquil and head out for a day of fun! Stroll along the Malecón 2000, a boardwalk along the Guayas River, and stop in at a variety of bars and restaurants or enjoy the fountains, gardens, and museums to be found along its length. At the northern terminus, you'll come upon Las Peñas, the oldest neighborhood in the city. Ascend the hill, admiring the vibrantly colored colonial architecture as you go. Don't let the 444 stairs scare you off; you'll have plenty of breaks, as there's much to see along the way, from art galleries to souvenir shops. Climb the lighthouse at the top for a colorful view of Guayaquil. The Parque de las Iguanas (officially called Parque Seminario) is also worth checking out; here you can enjoy watching dozens of friendly iguanas scuttle about.
There are numerous restaurants and bars located along the Malecón 2000 and in Las Peñas. Seafood is common, with encebollado (fish stew) and ceviche (raw fish cured with citrus juices and chili peppers) among the primary traditional dishes. Churrasco (grilled meat) and arroz con menestra y carne asada (rice with lentils and grilled beef) are also easily found. Has this whetted your appetite? Travelocity can help you navigate your options for hotels in Guayaquil and scope out the cheapest flight to Guayaquil. Save up to $537 when you book a hotel and flight at the same time.