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.
As shore excursions to be offered in this port are not yet confirmed, below is a list of those offered previously. We make every effort to have excursions finalized at least 240 days in advance of sailing, and often sooner, so please check back regularly.
Most Active or Strenuous
Minimal Activity Required
PRICE is per vehicle
This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.
The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.
Capacity: 6 guests
PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.
Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.
Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.
Tour the most significant and renowned areas of downtown Guayaquil.
Departing from the pier by coach, you will first drive along the Avenue of Guayaquil, a beautiful boulevard rich in architecture. At leafy Centennial Park, the city's largest park and one of the most popular, see monuments dedicated to the heroes of Ecuadorian independence. Similarly, in the heart of Bolivar Park, you can admire a statue of South America's adored liberator, Simón Bolivar. Be sure to look for iguanas, which are usually perched in the treetops and roaming about in such large numbers that the park is nicknamed Iguana Park.
Continuing on, we will drive along the Malecon 2000 where see the South Market, the Moorish Tower, City Hall & the Rotonda Monument. At the end of the Malecon is Guayaquil's oldest neighborhood, Las Peñas, nestled at the foot of Santa Ana Hill. This area has been wonderfully restored over the past decade or so with the addition of excellent shops, cafés and galleries. Most of the houses are brightly colored and the hues seem to impart an aura of vibrancy. On the top of Santa Ana Hill, there is a chapel and lighthouse built over the foundations of a 17th-century fort.
Please note: This tour is mostly panoramic with some stops at the most important icons along the Malecon 2000.
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.
See the artistic side of Guayaquil by touring two restored, 400-year-old neighborhoods, where you'll visit an artist's studio, enjoy refreshments at a riverfront hotel and stroll through a vibrant artisans' market.
Traveling by coach from the pier, you'll venture into the historical neighborhoods of Las Peñas and Cerro Santa Ana, where Guayaquil was established in the mid-1500s. Although destroyed in the great fire of 1896, the neighborhoods were soon rebuilt in a coastal colonial style. In the past decade or so, the area has been renovated into an idealized version of a hillside village with brightly colored wooden homes, small plazas and winding cobblestone alleyways.
Leaving your coach behind, you'll have a guided walk through the colorful streets, which are lined with cafés, boutiques and art galleries. Stopping at the studio of a local artist or Guayaquileños, you'll have a chance to admire their work and perhaps ask some questions about the local art scene. As this area is considered the heart of Guayaquil's artistic community, you can expect to see some wonderfully creative artwork that may include paintings, sketches, sculptures and multi-media pieces.
Next, it's on to the Wyndham Hotel. During your visit, enjoy some refreshments while taking in the views oF the Guayas River.
Before returning to the pier, a final stop will be made at the Mercado Artesanal, an artisans' market that sprawls over an entire block. You'll find merchandise here from all over Ecuador, including handicrafts, ceramics, colorful sweaters and Panama hats, which originated in Ecuador. The hat's name comes from the fact that they were shipped from Panama in the early 20th century.
Please note: This tour includes approximately one hour of easy to moderate walking/standing with some small hills and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light cotton clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The wearing of jewelry is strongly discouraged.
Gain a deep understanding of Guayaquil and the surrounding area on this tour to the iconic Historical Park that includes an Ecuadorian lunch.
Depart from port and drive straight to the Historical Park of Guayaquil, which is comprised of three distinct zones-devoted to local wildlife, traditions, and urban architecture. Going from exhibit to exhibit, often on a raised pathway, you will get a true feel for what has made Guayaquil so special through the centuries. See an abundance of indigenous plant and animal species, important early 20th century buildings, and a rural country house outfitted with farming implements. You will also get a glimpse of how Guayaquil looked more than 100 years ago.
Then re-board your coach and drive back to the heart of Guayaquil where you will enjoy lunch in one of the city's most popular restuarants. Afterwards, during the leisurely drive back to the pier, you can reflect upon the beauty of the region and the fascinating history of one of Ecuador's greatest cities.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy walking. 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; however, not all areas of the Historical Park are wheelchair accessible. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sun glasses; sunscreen; insect repellant and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.
Explore the unique culture of Guayaquil through extraordinary museum exhibits and by strolling the cobblestone streets of the city's oldest neighborhood.
Begin your experience by visiting the Municipal Museum, which gives visitors an overview of the city's development and history. It contains four halls that all feature a specific aspect of the city's history. The first hall displays archaeological pieces that gives researchers necessary and vital information about the original inhabitants that occupied this location.
In the second hall you can expect to see information and displays that deal with the Colonial times. There is a strong emphasis on what the people of Guayaquil had to endure during this time and the struggle they had in their fight for freedom – fires and pirates invasions. The third hall deals with the start and the formation of the republic and provides information about the revolutions that took place during the same period. The last hall of the Guayaquil Municipal Museum is dedicated solely to the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, incorporating all the significant events that occurred over this period. This great museum will take you for a fascinating trip back in time.
Your tour resumes with a visit to the historic Las Peñas neighborhood located at the northern end of the Malecón and resting at the foot of Santa Ana Hill. Some of the homes here were built more than 400 years ago and have been lovingly restored in recent years. Las Peñas is a charming area replete with art galleries, fine restaurants and sidewalk cafés. Strolling along the stone lined streets filled with colonial coastal architecture, you will be immersed in history and get a true feel for the joys of daily life in Guayaquil. Perhaps strike up a conversation with one of the locals who are happy to engage in conversation about the history of this Bario.
Following your time in Las Peñas, you will re-board your coach for the drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy walking. 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. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sun glasses; sunscreen; insect repellant and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.
Take an insider's tour of two farms in the interior mountains that grow orchids and exotic plants for export, offering a fascinating glimpse into Ecuador's biodiversity.
Depart from the pier and drive inland into the gorgeous highlands of Ecuador, where you'll find the Ecuagenera orchid farm. More than 4,000 native species of orchids flourish in the jungles of Ecuador, and the majority of them are grown here for export. The farm also genetically engineers new species, so you may see orchids not found anywhere else on earth.
The variety of orchids at Ecuagenera is absolutely stunning and includes bright red Burrageara Nelly Islers, otherworldly looking Vandas and multi-colored Cattleya clones, which you may photograph in the wild. Founded more than 50 years ago, Ecuagenera has become the largest orchid exporter in the Americas, and it's no wonder. Chances are, you'll never again have the chance to see so many different species in one locale.
Following the tour of Ecuagenera, you'll drive to Magic Flowers, a Rainforest Alliance Certified farm where more than 1,200 species of indigenous Ecuadorian ferns and exotic plants are grown in accordance with sustainable agricultural practices. As you stroll about the property, you may see gingers, heliconias, and anthuriums thriving in the nursery. You'll also visit the packing facility, where the plants are carefully prepared for shipment throughout the world.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of easy to moderate walking/standing with the possibility of some natural surfaces to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light cotton clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The wearing of jewelry is strongly discouraged.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.