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Barrio Las Peñas (1-3 hrs)
Many of the area's 400-year-old houses have been converted into art galleries and several notable artists have studios in the area. Besides that there are quite a few small bars and cafeterias.
Just follow the stairs (444 steps) and at the top you will find a lighthouse and a small church. From there you get great views on the city and the harbour.
Puerto Lopez – Isla de la Plata (2-3 days)
The town is just small but there are several accommodations around Malecon (the waterfront). Don't expect luxury rooms, but what do you need.
From Puerto Lopez you can make a daytrip to Isla de la Plata (Silver Island). This island, sometimes called mini-Galapagos, is part of Parque Nacional Machalilla and here you can see many seabirds like frigate birds, pelicans, albatross and the blue-footed boobies.
From mid-June to early October you can make a combination of a trip to Isla de la Plata and whale watching.
If you want to use the bus service, you’ll have to stay for two nights. At night you have to enjoy the restaurants and bars at the beach of course.
Surfers paradise: Montanita (2-3 days)
It is one of the best places in Ecuador for wave surfing. You can also learn surfing or just enjoy the beach and laidback partying. Dress code in this village is shorts and flip-flops or even better: bare feet.
From Guayaquil you can take a taxi to Montanita. This will bring you in approximately 2½ hours along the Ruta del Sol, a beautiful coastal highway to this small village and will cost around $80, depending on your bargaining skills. You can also take a bus to Montanita from bus terminal Terestre, but you’ll have to change busses at Santa Elena.
In Montanita you can walk around and find yourself a place to stay overnight.
Beach 1: Playas (1 day)
At the beach you will see the fishermen bringing in their catch of the day. At one of the colourful beach bars you can order your beers, cocktails and… the catch of the day on a plate of course. Playas is very relaxed, nearby and not too crowded.
Beach 2: Salinas (1 day)
Best way to go to Salinas from Guayaquil is by renting a car or a taxi. Distance to Guayaquil is 124 kilometres. Best thing to do in Salinas is enjoy the beach. But if you don’t like the sea, you should go to the water park Aqua Adventure.
Museo Presley Norton (1 hr)
Keep an eye out for the double-chambered whistling bottle and the descriptive figurines from this period. Give yourself about 45 minutes to an hour here.
The museum is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm except Monday. On Saturday and Sunday it is open from 10 am to 5 pm. The entrance is More information about the expositions can be found at their website.
Catedral Metropolitana (1 hr)
If you like to visit a nice church in downtown Guayaquil you’ll have to visit this one. The entrance is free daily from 9 am to 6 pm. It is located at the corner of Avenida 10 de Agosto and Clemente Ballén.
Centro Cultural Libertador Simon Bolivar (2-3 hrs)
MAAC is a welcome addition to Malecón 2000, the renovated riverwalk in Guayaquil. It is located at the foot of Las Penas at the Malecon. More information about the expositions can be found at their website. The opening hours are from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and on Sunday from 11 am to 2:30 pm. The entrance is free.
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