Best Day Trips from Guayaquil

Best Day Trips from Guayaquil

Best Day Trips from Guayaquil

Guayaquil, the commercial heart of Ecuador, is growing exponentially, and this can be well seen by the counts of footfalls in the city! The riverfront town square of Guayaquil is the high prestige of the town along with barrio of Las Peñas for its historical and geographical significance.

But not only is Guayaquil the highlight of Ecuador, but also hosts a plethora of tourist spots in Ecuador to explore around. And the best part is you can easily access the best ones from Guayaquil in a day! So if you plan a trip to Ecuador, here are some options for you to start with the best day trips from Guayaquil:

1. Puerto López

The small village of Puerto López is one of the wonders of Ecuador which can easily be explored as a day trip from Guayaquil. This fishing village is best known for whale-watching sites, brand-new Malecon, and old streets. Don't miss the dawn at the beach- watching fishermen catching and vultures preying if you get a chance. Puerto López beach is perfect for sunbathing and relaxing with some great cuisines. One can reach the village of Puerto López via bus, drive or uber in 3 hours from Guayaquil.

2. Hacienda La Danesa

If you are looking for some cosiness and comfort along with luxury, then Hacienda La Danesa is your next destination. You can go for cacao workshop to enhance your knowledge on chocolates, biking, hiking to Cloud Forest, horse riding, visiting a waterfall, or tubing. The main highlight of the place is the delicious food served here. Hacienda La Danesa is truly a home away from home! The direct route to explore this place from Guayaquil is hiring a taxi or renting a car for about 1 hour 10 minutes.

3. ManglaresChurute

Reserva Ecológica ManglaresChurute is a reserve protecting around 500-sq-km mangroves area. Destroyed by the shrimp industry, ManglaresChurute is approx. 700m above the sea level. This place not only attracts tourists for fresh air but also Dolphins and birds! You can reach ManglaresChurute either from a bus, or taxi, as per your needs, in just 1 hour.

4. Cerro Blanco Forest

Counted among the few areas of tropical dry forest, Cerro Blanco Forest is an amazing place to explore the wildlife. It is a home for jaguars, pumas, monkeys, deer, raccoons and 200 species of bird including an endangered green macaw, the Crane Hawk, and the Snail Kite. Majorly, the landscape here is covered by ceiba trees. Take a good look at rich wildlife and organic farm at the center! It is barely a 15 minute drive from Guayaquil via car or taxi.

4. Cerro Blanco Forest

Counted among the few areas of tropical dry forest, Cerro Blanco Forest is an amazing place to explore the wildlife. It is a home for jaguars, pumas, monkeys, deer, raccoons and 200 species of bird including an endangered green macaw, the Crane Hawk, and the Snail Kite. Majorly, the landscape here is covered by ceiba trees. Take a good look at rich wildlife and organic farm at the center! It is barely a 15 minute drive from Guayaquil via car or taxi.

5. Playas and El Morro

The vast, long, and serene beach along with yummy seafood is at a good distance from the dusty lanes and urban culture of Guayaquil. Nothing can be a better option than spending your day exploring the beaches at Playas. And little away lies a small fishing village- El Morro. This off-trail town has one of the oldest churches and Rio de Horno, the home of dolphins, mangroves and exotic vegetation. To reach Playas you can go via bus, taxi, car or uber from Guayaquil and in next 1 hour 10 minutes you will be in the city. From Playas, you can take a taxi or hire an uber to reach El Morro in just 10 minutes.

6. Salinas

The Miami beach of Ecuador, Salinas is the beach town boasting one of the best attractions near Guayaquil- La Chocolatera. Forget all your worries and just sit down to watch how the waves hit rocks and make the foam just like a big bowl of chocolate. The other highlights of the town are- yacht club, church, town plaza and rather secluded Chipipe Beach. The direct routes from Guayaquil to reach Salinas are taking the bus, hiring a taxi or renting a car for around 1h 40m.

7. Montañita

If you want to live young, then this place is a must visit from Guayaquil. The beachfront town of Montañita has these crazy vibes around the city with everyone walking freely and enjoying the town. The people visiting the city stay here because of its lifestyle. So, while in Guayaquil, do visit the town of Montanita. You can reach Montañita via bus, drive or uber within 2 hours 15 minutes.

The city is the best place to go around and visit the never visited gems of Ecuador. Pack your backs tight and grab your to-do list!

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