Guayaquil is the largest city and the main port of Ecuador. Modern, lively and noisy, it has always competed with Quito for the palm of priority. It attracts tourists with its beautiful Malecon 2000 promenades and rich nightlife.
The city was founded in the 16th century, and a few centuries later it became one of the most important ports on the west coast of South America. To this day, it is the main export point for products such as bananas and coffee, which are one of the pillars of the Ecuadorian economy.
The main attraction of Guayaquil is the local waterfront, revitalized at the beginning of the 21st century. A space for residents and tourists has been created here, called Malecon 2000, which consists of promenades, a pier and green areas. These are places for recreation and walks, constantly monitored, and therefore very safe. The popular Samanes Park is also close to the promenade.
There are not too many monuments in Guayaquil. The most interesting and not to be missed are the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Morisca Tower. A great vantage point over the city is the Santa Ana Hill, and the cultural center of the Nahim Isaias Museum.
Guayaquil Harbor is the departure point for ships to the Galapagos Islands. The city is also a good starting point to the Chimborazo Reserve, which includes the highest peak of Ecuador, the extinct volcano Chimborazo with an altitude of 6263 m above sea level.