Started as a wildlife rescue center, Zoo el Pantanal outside of Guayaquil is now home to animals from pumas to parrots that live among Ecuador’s natural flora. This guided tour of the zoo turns your visit into an educational experience: learn about the zoo’s origins and the wildlife that now fills its forests. Hotel pickup and drop-off make visiting this off-the-beaten-track destination a cinch.
Make the most of the journey from Guayaquil to Cuenca, Ecuador. This full-day one-way trip includes a stop at a cacao farm to see how the main ingredient in chocolate is grown and processed. In Cajas National Park, enjoy a short hike through the high altitude paramo moorland which is an important and scenic watershed.
Cerro Blanco is a birdwatcher's paradise home to more than 200 bird species, many of which live nowhere else on Earth. Rise and shine on this roundtrip door-to-door tour from your Guayaquil hotel, arriving at Cerro Blanco visitors center in time for the morning chorus. Your naturalist guide will lead you around the lower mountain paths, helping spot and identify the flora and fauna you'll see and hear along the way.
This full-day tour of some of the most beautiful and popular coastal areas of Ecuador includes Salinas, the San Lorenzo boardwalk, white sand beaches around the Ruta del Sol and Ballenita Beach, salt mines, a sea lion refuge, a nautical and pirate museum, and an included seafood lunch.
At Isla de los Pajaros (Bird Island), you don’t have to fly all the way to the Galapagos to enjoy Ecuador’s diverse birdlife. This day trip from Guayaquil takes you from Puerto Morro through the mangrove forests of the coast to an island where numerous species of migratory birds make their home. Spot frigates, albatross, pink herons, cormorants, and boobies in their natural environments.
Leave the busy city behind and discover the wildlife and cocoa production unique to Ecuador on an 8-hour tour. Comfortable transportation from your Guayaquil hotel takes you to a wildlife reserve. Home to hundreds of species, you have the opportunity to see numerous mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Next, visit a local plantation and learn about the in depth cocoa process the sets Ecuador apart from other countries.
If you can’t make it to the Galapagos, see some of the best Ecuadorian wildlife on a 6-hour tour from Guayaquil. Complimentary round trip transportation from your hotel eliminates the stress of taxis and buses. Board your boat at the pier, then head to Puerto El Morro to see mangroves, albatrosses, and blue-footed boobies. The highlight of the tour (aside from a provided lunch) are the bottlenose dolphins, known locally as bufeos.