Guayaquil A Guided Visit
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Guayaquil - Once you See it, You´ll Love it!
Whatever is that you wish to see and experience - birding, reptiles, photography, geology, landscapes, history, or local traditions, Guayaquil A Guided Visit has it all. Specializing in tailor-made tours to some of Ecuador's most exciting historic, cultural and landscape sites and attractions, Guayaquil A Guided Visit works closely with clients to create a customized itinerary to accommodate every interest, schedule, and budget, in order to create an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Families, couples, and friends enjoy exploring the Ecuadorian vibrant commercial and cultural center of Guayaquil, as well as Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, where you'll be able to see some of the world's rarest animal species. In addition, Guayaquil A Guided Visit offers exciting excursions to Cuenca, Salinas, Churute Mangrove Ecological Reserve, the Ecuadorian Andes, and more.
Why We Highly Recommend Guayaquil A Guided Visit:
The flexibility of being able to truly create a custom-made adventure is a feature which travelers especially enjoy about Guayaquil A Guided Visit. The friendly, attentive, and personalized service is simply second to none. The guide, Eduardo is extremely knowledgable about the city of Guayaquil and is very passionate about sharing the history and culture of this fascinating region.
Not only is Eduardo knowledgeable about the city and its surroundings, but he is also an expert on the local wildlife and birds especially due to his 30+ years of experience as naturalist guide both in Ecuador mainland and the Galapagos islands Rated "Excellent" on TripAdvisor, and with over 200 excellent reviews from past clients, Guayaquil A Guided Visit is the absolute best choice for those looking to have a genuinely personalized experience and top-notch service.
Tours & Activities
Guests can choose from a list of existing itineraries in Ecuador and Perçu, or create their own adventure with Guayaquil A Guided Visit. Whether you are looking to spend the day, or prefer a multi-day tour, Guayaquil A Guided Visit will help you plan the perfect tour, from transportation to hotels to meals - Guayaquil A Guided Visit has you covered!
The City Tour includes the following attractions:
- CENTENNIAL PARK.
- CATHEDRAL of Guayaquil.
- SEMINARY PARK (also known as the Park of the Iguanas).
- MALECON 2000 Riverfront Park.
- LA ROTONDA MONUMENT Homage to South American heroes Simón Bolivar and José San Martín.
- "LAS PEÑAS" NEIGHBORHOOD The neighborhood "Old town Guayaquil".
- SANTA ANA HILL place where the city was founded.
GALAPAGOS TOUR BY LAND (BY SEA trips also available and subject to availability and set itineraries)
We offer 5 & 7 days tours. Sleeping in 4* Hotels in Puerto Ayora ( Santa Cruz Island) and Puerto Villamil (Isabela Island). Daily tours departing early in the morning, sailing towards nearby islands and returning to our point of origin.
Visits will include the following islands:
- NORTH SEYMOUR
- SOUTH PLAZA
- SANTA FE
Tailor-made* options are available.
The " Churute Mangrove Ecological Reserve " was created in 1979 and covers 49,383 hectares. The Reserve aims to protect one of the few coastal rainforests and mangroves that still survive in the world, with its remarkable importance for biodiversity and conservation. It is located just 45 minutes from Guayaquil. It is recognized as a paradise for bird watching.
This location has three attractions:
- ESTUARY ROUTE: A place where you learn about the wildlife of the estuary. The mangrove ecosystem and its importance, the interaction between plants, crabs, and birds. A place where we can see dozens of species of birds in their natural habitat.
- THE HOWLER MONKEYS ROUTE: A short trail walk (1200mts or 0.8 miles) through a tropical dry forest, one of the few remaining virgin forests in mainland Ecuador, a place to have a close encounter with the bustle of the howler monkeys in the middle of the pristine habitat of a dry tropical forest.
- COCOA FARM: Witness the making of chocolate from cocoa beans and you will have a pleasant afternoon of experiential tourism.
Enjoy a delicious traditional Ecuadorian food in a cottage by the river.
Ecuador and Perú are without doubt among the most biologically and culturally diverse countries in the world. Discover the most charming cities and towns in the highlands of the Andes, along the Pacific coast and nestled into tropical forests.
Get a taste for authentic, Ecuadorian chocolate at a Cacao farm and stroll along Ecuador's most beautiful beaches; Sail on the highest, navigable lake in the world in Peru and visit the most iconic remnants of the Inca Empire: Cusco and legendary Machu Picchu.
Birdwatching: Spot native bird species in two of the top countries in the world for birdwatching.
Adventure and Photography: Hike through the moorlands, cruise through the mangroves forest an birdwatcher's paradise, dsicover Howler monkeys in its pristine habitat and walk along the pristine beaches of Ecuador where surfing and other outdoor activities – or simply relaxing – is right at your fingertips.
History and ancestral traditions: Travel to the heart of the former Inca empire and Immerse yourself in the story of the Andean people in the Iconic cities of Cusco and Machu Picchu.
LIMA – LAKE TITICACA-CUZCO- MACHUPICCHU ( Note: Instead of thew Lake Titicaca part we also offer ICA/ NAZCA)
Day 1: Arrivalto Lima – Puno and Lake Titicaca
From Lima, you'll fly to the town of Juliaca where your guide will be waiting with a hot coca tea before a short ride to your Puno hotel, where you'll have your first glimpse at Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable Lake. Your guide will go over the important details for tomorrow, then you'll have the afternoon free to acclimate and relax in Puno while enjoying the evening sunset over the lake.
Day 2: Visit to Uros Floating Islands & Amantani Community
Early this morning, you'll be picked up from your hotel to head to the harbor. We'll set out by boat and cross the waters of Lake Titicaca to the Uros Floating Islands, a small community that has lived on these reed islands for decades. See how the residents of the Uros use the totora reed, an aquatic plant that grows in the lake to build and maintain their islands, as well as for building family huts, cooking, and to bargain for products such as quinoa, potatoes, barley and wool. You'll also see the elaborately-woven, traditional reed boats used by the locals for fishing and transportation to the mainland and from island to island. Take some time to explore some of these islands on-foot.
Afterwards, we'll continue by boat towards "Amantani Island". Enjoy the warm welcome from the locals as we pull into the harbor, where you'll meet your host family. This afternoon, we'll walk up to the highest point of the island to a mountain called "Pachamama" by the locals and check out some ancient ruins. Enjoy the view of Lake Titicaca from this perfect vantage point as the sun sets for the evening. Soon after nightfall, we head back down to the main plaza where our host families will invite us to dinner in their home. After your meal, head out "on-the-town" to tonight's main event: a party hosted by the locals at the folkloric saloon, complete with a local band. Before you go, your hosts will help you get all dressed up in traditional clothing. Once the night winds down, you'll head back to your host's home for a good night's rest.
Day 3: Taquile Islands – Back to Puno
After breakfast, we'll say our goodbyes to our new friends of Amantani Island and head back out on the boat towards "Taquile Island", a traditional Quechua-speaking community known for its agricultural terraces and local weaving community. Once we reach the island, you'll have the opportunity to walk and take in the spectacular views of the lake. After some free time for exploration on-your-own, meet back with the rest of the group for lunch at a local restaurant. We'll finish our day's adventure contemplating the shimmering, blue waters of Lake Titicaca from our boat en-route back to the Puno harbor, and on to your hotel.
Day 4: Puno - Cusco
This morning, head back to Juliaca to catch a flight to Cusco, where your guide will be waiting to take you to your hotel. Take a couple of hours to relax and have lunch before you'll meet back with your guide for a tour of the city. Cusco was the capital and most important city of the expansive and powerful Inca empire, with an infinitely rich history and culture to discover. Take a short ride to the highest reaches of the city to explore Sacsayhuaman and Q'enqo, two of the most impressive Inca constructions in Peru. Afterwards, we'll head back down and walk along the cobblestone streets to the Plaza de Armas in the heart of the city's historic center to visit the Cathedral of Cusco, the most impressive in all of South America. The collection of Cusquenian religious art will give you a new perspective on the complex religious beliefs of Peruvians. You'll have some time to relax or lose yourself in the bustling city streets on your own this evening.
Day 5: Cusco - Sacred Valley of the Incas
This morning, we'll board our coach and head to the highlands and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We'll first make a stop at the social project Qarachaki, where you can interact with and learn about the alpacas and llamas, two iconic animals of the Andes. From the road, we'll have fantastic views of the valley and its towns, surrounded by glaciers and snow-capped peaks. We'll make a few stops and check out the colorful, local town of Pisac and its famous street market before we head on to our buffet-style lunch in the heart of the valley. After lunch, we'll head on to Ollantaytambo, one of the most impressive towns and Inca sites in the valley, a place with rich history and traditions preserved over the centuries. After a tour of the town, we'll take a short, thirty-minute coach ride back to our hotel for the evening.
Day 6: Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu
Spend the morning after breakfast enjoying the views from our hotel and listening to the birds sing their songs. Afterwards, we'll head into town to the Ollantaytambo train station to board our train headed for Machu Picchu, a two -hour ride complete with breathtaking views of the valley and the jungle. Upon arriving to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town), we'll head up the mountain by bus to the entrance of the archeological site. Here, you'll walk the narrow paths and soak up the famed energy of Machu Picchu as your guide reveals some of the mysteries surrounding this place. Take some time to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the misty, green mountains and winding river below.
In the afternoon, you'll head back to the station to board your train to Ollantaytambo, then continue by car to Cusco for one last evening in the Andes.
Day 7: Cusco - Lima
This morning, head to the airport and say goodbye to Cusco as you catch your flight back to Lima. Your local guide will meet you at the airport, where we'll begin our exploration of Lima's colonial highlights such as the Paseo de la Republica (Promenade of the Republic), San Martin Square and the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Basilica Cathedral and the Municipal Palace.
GUAYAQUIL-CHURUTE MANGROVES RESERVE- SALINAS-MONTAÑITA-ISLA DE LA PLATA
(Important Note: We also offer a week in the Galapgos islands in this combo)
Day 8: Guayaquil City Tour
After a tour of the city of Guayaquil, spend your afternoon stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, birdwatching or simply relaxing at a lagoon park. The evening will be yours to spend at your leisure.
Day 9: Churute Mangroves Eco Reserve full-day tour
This morning after breakfast, we'll depart from the hotel for a 45-minute drive through the countryside. Along the way, we'll stop at a local produce market where we'll pick up some deliciously fresh fruit for the day. Upon arrival at the reserve, we'll board a boat and cruise through the mangroves forest estuary and take a walk through the dry, tropical forest for some birdwatching and a chance to spot Howler Monkeys. We'll end the day with a traditional Ecuadorian lunch at a local cacao farm, where we'll learn all about the chocolate-making process and try the final product! Head back to your hotel for an evening at your leisure in Guayaquil.
Today, we'll head west towards the majestic coast of Ecuador. A 95-mile journey separates us from endless white sand beaches, complete with panoramic viewpoints and breathtaking scenery. We'll start at Salinas, the most famous beach of Ecuador and a remarkable viewpoint called "La Chocolatera". From there, we'll begin our road trip along the coast, visiting several beaches such as Ayangue and Playa Rosada. We'll arrive in Montañita "Surfer's Paradise" in the evening, just in time to check into our hotel and witness some truly spectacular, sunset views. Enjoy dinner in the colorful town of Montañita known for its festive atmosphere, where tourists of all ages mingle with the locals in good spirits.
Note: Our hotel is located about a half-mile away from the noisy downtown area, so our peace and quiet is ensured.
Day 11: ISLA DE LA PLATA
This morning, we'll take a 45-minute ride to the town of Puerto López, where we'll board a yacht to take us on a 40-mile cruise to Isla de La Plata, an island very similar to the famous Galapagos islands due to the great population of birds: frigates, blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, albatross, red-footed boobies and pelicans live in this small island.
After a hike through the island, Join us for a snorkeling session in the coral reefs near the island.
Note: Humpback whale-watching season is between the months of June and October, so on our way to or from the island, we may have a close encounter with these gorgeous creatures. Afterwards, we'll return to Montañita for the evening.
Today, we'll take another one-hour road trip north to enjoy a beach day at Playa los Frailes, commonly known as the most beautiful beach on mainland Ecuador, second only to some beaches in the Galapagos islands. We'll have an opportunity to hike through the dry coastal forest, enjoying several breathtaking viewpoints and exploring some hidden and rarely visited beaches. In the afternoon, relax at the thermal baths of Agua Blanc with volcanic, medicinal mud baths and hot springs. Spend one last evening on the town in Montañita.
Today is yours to do as you wish! Activities to choose from include:
A: Scuba diving at Ayangue (extra charges apply for this adventure) and diving certification is strictly required.
B: Oceanic stand-up paddle-boarding or surfing classes.
C: Biking through the tropical forest of Dos Mangas.
After a full day of fun in the sun, spend the evening in the beautiful, oceanside town of Salinas.
Get in one more beach visit this morning before we return to Guayaquil (departure from Salinas will depend on the group's flight schedules).
- Naturalist guides
- Land transportation
- Meals mentioned in the program
- Entrance fees
- Domestic flights during tour
- Meals not mentioned in the program
- Alcoholic drinks
- International flights
Departure to the city of Cuenca, on the way, visit the archaeological site of Ingapirca, with its Church of the Cañaris Moon and the Sun Temple of the Incas, you will enjoy an enchanting journey where you will experience the transition between the coast and mountains through the moorlands (12.000ft on altitude). Tour includes visits to:
Museum of Straw "Panama" Hat.
Visit to the high viewpoint of the Turi.
Ceramic Workshop Eduardo Vega.
Check out: Return via Guayaquil crossing the Cajas National Park with its wonderful vegetation and landscapes with about a hundred lakes in the great wasteland opportunity for great pictures.
This tour includes:
A visit to Salinas Beach the most sophisticated resort of the Ecuadorian coast, visit "The Chocolatera", these cliffs will seduce your cameras to get the best pictures.
Departure towards the north.
Drive through on the seaside road, crossing countless villages fisher-folk arrival to "Montañita" right before sunset, known as the Mecca of surfing in South America is a place where cultures and ethnicities over 20 countries are intertwined.
Check-in and go to to the beach to witness the sunset right in front of us.
NIGHT: visit the village and dinner, enjoy the eternal Festival "Montañita" with a huge variety of bars and restaurants, do not forget to bring your camera.
After enjoying a delicious breakfast we'll be heading north on the coastal road to the ISLA DE LA PLATA, Locally know as "poorman's Galapagos island" due to the abundance of fauna and similar flora as that of the famous archipelago.. Between the omnths of july / october is the HUMPBAK WHALE watching season. Lunch and return to Montañita.
In the afternoon you can choose one of the following activities:
Surf classes or practice on the beach of Montañita.
Mountaineer bike tour.
Shopping in "Pro-Pueblo" Foundation coastal handicrafts
Dinner and night in Montañita.
Don't blame us if you don't want to go back home after this adventure.
Ecuador is without doubt one the most diverse countries in the world. Within a 200 miles radius we'll share:
THE MOST REMARKABLE AND CHARMING CITY OF ECUADOR: GUAYAQUIL, DRY TROPICAL FORESTS, CHOCOLATE FARM, WALK THROUGH THE MOORLANDS, ARCHAEOLOGY, COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE, THE MOST CHARMING BEACHES, ACTION AND RELAXATION.
To end with a one week trip to the magical GALAPAGOS ISLANDS.
- BIRDWATCHING (at the highest bio-diverse area of Ecuador: The Guayas river basin)
- ARCHAEOLOGY - Inca/ Cañari ruins.
- ADVENTURE AND PHOTOGRAPHY - Hike through the moorlands,
- COZY COLONIAL TOWN: CUENCA (The favorite place in Ecuador for North-American expats)
- The largest and most beautiful beaches that you can imagine, Surfing, landscape, history, archaeology, excursions, and/or plain and simple relaxation.
Note: between the months of July and October enjoy HUMPBACK WHALE WATCHING while having this part of the adventure.
Rooming is included and in Guayaquil will be at the GUAYAQUIL's HILTON 5* HOTEL. in CUENCA: MORENICA DEL ROSARIO and in MONTAÑITA : BALSA SURF CAMP.
DAY ONE: GUAYAQUIL'S CITY TOUR, AFTERNOON PADDLE BOARDING/BIRD-WATCHING/RELAXATION AT A LAGOON PARK
DAY TWO: CHURUTE MANGROVES RESERVE FULL-DAY TOUR: Birdwatching as we cruise down the estuary , WAalk through the dry tropical forest looking for howler monkeys in their natural habitat Ending the day with a visit to a CHOCOLATE FARM
DAY THREE: TRIP TO CUENCA on our way we visit THE INGAPIRCA RUINS INCA/CAÑARI ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE . Afternoon Cuenca city tour
DAY FOUR : TRIP FROM CUENCA WALK THROUGH THE MOORLANDS AT THE "EL CAJAS NATIONAL PARK" afternoon relax at Thermal waters Spa. D
AY FIVE: RETURN TO GUAYAQUIL continue to the beach OVERNIGHT AT MONTAÑITA BEACH.
DAY SIX: TRIP THROUGH THE NORTHERN COASTAL AREAS, VISIT THE MANY GORGEOUS BEACHES OF ECUADOR.
OPTIONAL: A.- "LOS FRAILES BEACH" / relaxing aftrenoon at AGUA BLANCA thermal baths B.- VISIT ISLA DE LA PLATA ( locally known as "poor man's Galapagos" because it is a visit very similar to the Galapagos islands but for travelers "under budget". C.- SCUBA DIVING AT AYANGUE ( extra charges apply for this adventure) D.- STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING CLASSES, SURFING CLASSES E.- BIKING THROUGH A DRY TROPICAL FOREST AT DOS MANGAS FOREST
DAY SEVEN: TRIP SOUTH THROUGH THE COASTLINE TOWARDS SALINAS THE MOST FAMOUS RESORTS BEACH IN ECUADOR return to Guayaquil
DAY EIGHT: FLIGHT TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. Note: Spa and gym is included in Guayaquil, Both in Cuenca and in Montañita there are optional SPA/MASSAGE services offered. Advanced booking is needed for this services.
Galapagos schedule will ALWAYS be arranged to fit your group's particular preferences. and Galagagos tarif IS INCLUDED IN THIS PROGRAM
If you have any questions or are ready to reserve your spot be sure to connect with Guayaquil A Guided Visit directly. Their team is local and can best answer your inquiries, plus it gives you the opportunity to experience their service first-hand and before you arrive.