Things to do in Guayaquil

Welcome to Ecuador’s largest city! With more than 2.6 million people, it’s no wonder that Guayaquil is a hotbed of cultural institutions, historic monuments, and a vibrant culinary scene. Located along the Guayas River, Guayaquil also boasts of gorgeous natural scenery.

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Guayaquil Events

Simón Bolívar’s Birthday & Founding of Guayaquil

Every late July, Guayaquil’s city streets go wild with parades, art exhibitions, beauty pageants, fireworks, and all the live music and food you could want in celebration of the city’s origins. This is one of Ecuador’s biggest holidays, so if you’re around you shouldn’t – and probably can’t – miss it!


In the days following Ash Wednesday and Lent, Guayaquil again goes wild with a massive parade. Be warned: this event is super crowded, and spectators may find themselves doused with water – or another kind of unpleasant liquid. You won’t want to miss Carnaval in Guayaquil.

Independence Day & Día de la Raza

In early to mid October, these two holidays mark a citywide stretch of celebration, again featuring massive parades and wild dance celebrations.

Estadio George Capwell

Also known as Arena Banco del Pacifico, this multi-purpose stadium hosts a number of sports and entertaining events throughout the year, and is home to Emelec, the local football team.

Plaza Lagos

For a beautiful setting for a refreshing beverage or bite to eat, there’s no spot more charming than Plaza Lagos. The colonial-inspired architecture is reminiscent of the Mediterranean, and the number of delicious eateries will make your head spin.

Avenida La Puntilla
Samborondón, Ecuador

Parque Histórico Guayaquil

For a day at the zoo with a historical backdrop, you must make a trip to Parque Histórico Guayaquil. From endangered birds to reptiles in their natural habitat alongside local architectural exhibits, this is the ultimate educational experience.

Av Rio Esmeraldas
Samborondón 092301, Ecuador

Museo Antropológico y de Arte Contemporáneo

For a taste of cutting edge contemporary Latin American art in a state-of-the-art setting, Museo Antropológico y de Arte Contemporáneo is one of the most highly visited landmarks in the country.

Malecón Simón Bolívar and Calle Loja
Guayaquil 090313, Ecuador

For an in-depth look at the city’s history and local culture, check out Guayaquil City Tour. For a historical trip outside the bustling city center, check out the Day Trip to Hacienda La Danesa tour. The Cocoa farm and Guayaquil City tour will take you deep into the majestic countryside, and deep into the country’s colonial history.

Lo Nuestro

For some of the best Ecuadorian cuisine around, Lo Nuestro needs to be on your list. Located in a century-old manor, chow on delicious ceviche in a beautiful and traditional atmosphere.

Victor Emilio Estrada 903
Guayaquil 090511, Ecuador

Pique & Pase

For reasonably priced and tasty local cuisine, Pique & Pase is a locally beloved option. Try the traditional bolon verde (fried plantain with mashed cheese) or humitas (corn dumplings steamed in a corn husk).

Lascano 1617
Guayaquil 090514, Ecuador

La Tasca de Carlos

For some of the best Spanish food in the city, La Tasca de Carlos serves up old world dishes in a friendly, family-run tavern.

Gral. Cordova 1002
Guayaquil 090313, Ecuador

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