Guayaquil, the gateway to the Galapagos, has been transformed over recent years with its newly restored historic district characterised by centuries-old houses and narrow lanes. Las Peñas is the city’s oldest district, and once you’ve navigated its colourful streets you’ll be guided up 465 steps to the summit of Cerro Santa Ana for panoramic vistas of the city. As well as this, Guayaquil cradles a string of excellent museums, a stately cathedral, Iguana Park (named after the resident creatures here) and the modern Malecon 2000 which hugs the Guayas River; home to the towering Moorish Clock Tower, botanical gardens and Chamber of the Rotunda. This monument marks the historic meeting between Simon Bolivar and Jose de San Martin in the 19th century, reflecting a huge turning point in the history of the country.
“Everything went off without a hitch. Accomodation was just what we wanted. Clean, great location and within our budget. The dive master was great. ”
Pick-up time: 08:30
Days Operation: Daily
“We booked our Galapagos/Peru trip through Surtrek and are very glad that we did.”