The centrepiece and symbol of a resurgent Guayaquil, this beautiful tree-lined riverside promenade takes in gardens, fountains, cafés, shops and landmarks.
Cerro Santa Ana
A showpiece of urban regeneration, built around a winding staircase threading its way between pristine and brightly painted houses to a fabulous viewpoint overlooking downtown Guayaquil.
Surfing at Montañita
Long a surfer’s favourite thanks to its attractive beach and celebrated breaks, but now also a backpacker magnet.
Whale-watching from Puerto López
See humpback whales breach, roll and call to each other as they swim into warm coastal waters to mate and calve between June and September.
Playa Los Frailes
Virgin white sands and azure waters cradled by cliffs and backed by forested hills make this idyllic beach, part of Parque Nacional Machalilla, one of the coast’s most beautiful.
Isla de la Plata
The only place in Ecuador where the blue-footed, red-footed and masked boobies are found together, and the only place outside the Galápagos you’ll see waved albatrosses.