Guayaquil is Ecuador’s largest city. Located on the coast, all flights to the Galápagos Islands depart from here. But there is much to do in this thriving metropolis and its surrounding areas! Stroll the city’s urban renewal project, the 1.5-mile Malecón 2000 boardwalk, offering views of the Guayas River and access to many of Guayaquil’s historical monuments, museums, and restaurants. Catch a moment of quietude with a bike ride around Isla Santay or climb the 444 steps of Cerro Santa Ana that lead to the vibrant Las Peñas neighborhood. After the sun goes down, enjoy iconic buildings like Torre el Reloj or go for a ride on La Perla, a giant ferris wheel offering a bird’s-eye-view of the city. You might just need to extend your stay!