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Guayaquil, Ecuador-port

Known as the ‘Pacific Pearl’, the history of Guayaquil has always been intimately tied to the Rio Guayas. As the economic powerhouse of Ecuador, Guayaquil is a city in transition, transforming itself into a modern metropolis while managing to retain its cultural heritage. Stroll along the Malecon 2000, one of South America’s largest reconstruction projects, running along the Guayas River and discover green public spaces, blue ponds, shopping, restaurants, river boat excursions and a handicraft market. Guayaquil is the gateway for excursions to the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands, one of the world’s most important wildlife areas.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Cuenca and Gualaceo
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Highlights of Guayaquil
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Historic Park & Ecuadorian Lunch
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal
  • Maac Museum & Las Penas
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • The Artists of Guayaquil
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • The Flowers of Guayaquil
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice

Cuenca and Gualaceo

Light Activity /Walking Regent ChoiceMeal

Duration: 8 1/2 hours

Tour Code: GYE-004

Fly off to the spectacular city of Cuenca in the southern Andes and enjoy the boundless charms of the rural villages that are nestled in the mountains of this region.

Boarding a coach at the pier, you will transfer to the Guayaquil airport for a short, private charter flight to Cuenca, which lies to the southeast at 8,400 feet above sea level in one of Ecuador's richest agricultural basins. Although it's the country's third largest city, Cuenca exudes Old World charm and the surrounding area is renowned as a center for art and crafts. In fact, despite their name, Panama hats were first made here and are still produced all around Cuenca.

You may very well feel like you have entered a world of tranquility as you drive along picturesque country roads, passing green rolling hills and a landscape dotted with farmhouses and livestock. Your scenic route will also bring you past some of the most iconic and artistic villages in the region, including Gualaceo, where during a visit you will watch a textile demonstration of traditional Ikat weaving, used to make much of the colorful Ecuadorian clothing. You will also stop at the Gualaceo Market, where many of the local residents purchase their fruits and vegetables.

Following your visit in Gualaceo, you will rejoin your coach and drive to the Hosteria Uzhupud for lunch. Here, in this spot favored by the locals, you will enjoy a traditional Ecuadorian meal and then have an opportunity to stroll through the orchid garden, if you choose.

At the conclusion of your lunch break, you will commence your journey back to Guayaquil. On the drive back to the Cuenca airport, relax and enjoy a scenic route which is unforgettable for its lush, high-altitude terrain and panoramic views. Arriving at the airport, your charter flight is awaiting to fly you back to Guayaquil and the ship.

Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of easy walking; however, guests should be aware that Cuenca is located in a high altitude setting at 8400 feet above sea level which can make activities more exhausting. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, can make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. A rain jacket and light sweater; sun cap; sun glasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.