Ecuador’s largest city (pop. 2.4 million) is primarily a commercial center and major Pacific port. Lying beside the Guayas River, the city features a recently inaugurated riverside promenade, popular restaurants, parks, several fascinating museums, and theaters. The city’s international airport is the main gateway for trips to the Galapagos Islands and to neighboring Peru.
When to go
The region is warm and humid with temperatures averaging 76F to 90F. Rainy season (December-May), is warmer and very muggy. Dry season (June-November) is less humid but by no means dry.
• Malecon Avenue: The new, renovated promenade besides the Guayas River.
• Municipal Museum: Archaeology, art treasures, and grisly shrunken heads from the Amazon Basin.