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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
  • 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

Highlights of Guayaquil

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 4 hours

Tour Code: GYE-002

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.