With nearly 3 million people, Guayaquil is the largest city in Ecuador and the gateway to the Galapagos Islands. It is linked to Quito by the wonderful Tren Crucero train and is the country’s main port. With its tropical climate and waterside buzz, it is justly known as the ‘Pearl of the Pacific'.
On Guayaquil holidays this rejuvenated city has an enormous number of attractions to offer and one of the very best is the Malecon Simon Bolivar (Malecon means esplanade). This one and a half mile waterfront walk has everything. There are sports, restaurants, entertainment, science, history and art and fine gardens showing off the best of Ecuador’s coastal plants. Also museums, galleries and spectacular monuments to the country’s heroes and artists, as well as the old market, built in 1907 by Gustave Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame. This is a fabulous, redeveloped mini-city of eight square miles.
The many museums elsewhere in the city are dedicated to a vast range of subjects and a favourite on Guayaquil holidays is the Casa de la Cultura, or House of Culture. It houses the most valuable collection of pre-Inca indigenous gold work in Ecuador, with snake-shaped bracelets, ceremonial masks, earrings and nose pins and much more.
For more information on Guayaquil holidays & how to incorporate the Tren Crucero train into a holiday itinerary in Ecuador, ring our South America team on 01582 766122 or get in touch by email using our enquiry form.
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