1st day: Tour of Guayaquil
- Visit to the city of Guayaquil, one of the most important ports of the Southern Pacific in South America. Walk along the new and renovated riverfront promenade “ Malecón 2000”, with a beautiful view of the Guayas River. Along the promenade, there are stores, restaurants, museums and an IMAX theater. Climb up the stairs leading to the top of Santa Ana Hill through the old and traditional neighborhood of Las Peñas. From the Faro (lighthouse) at the top, you can enjoy a great view of the city. In the afternoon, visit the Historical Park, the Botanic Garden, or the Cerro Blanco Nature Reserve. In the evening, enjoy a boat trip along Guayas River and admire the colors of the city.
2nd day: Guayaquil- Cocoa Plantations- Salinas
- Early morning departure for the Ruta del Cacao (Cocoa Route) in the southwest for a visit to one of the cocoa-producing haciendas, where you will learn about the production process and try delicious Ecuadorian chocolate. Later one, travel to Salinas, a prosperous and modern city with an ideal beach for practicing water sports, such as jet skiing, windsurfing, diving, and sport fishing.
3rd day: Salinas- Machalilla National Park
-In the morning, travel along the coastal road via the beaches of the “ Ruta de Sol”. Here you will pass through impressive coastal landscapes and see fishing villages and places such as Punta Carnero, ideal for amateur fishing, and Montañita, internationally renowned for surfing. Visit the Salango Museum, where the remains of pre-Colombian cultures are on display. Arrival in Puerto López, where you can stay in one of the beachfront lodges or hotels at the entrance of Machalilla National Park
4th day: Isla De La Plata- Machalilla National Park
-Visit Isla de La Plata, where you will see species of bird and fauna that are very similar to the ones found on the Galapagos Islands. Due to this, the island is known as the “mini Galapagos” and is also an ideal place for scuba diving and snorkeling. Between June and October, you can see the humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) that arrive each year to mate. In the afternoon, swim in the emerald-colored waters of los Frailes beach before returning to your hotel.
5th day: Machalilla National Park-Manta-Guayaquil/Quito/Bahia
-Discover Montecristi, where Panama hats are made. Then visit the beach in Manta, where you can stay in a good beachfront hotel before catching a flight the next day to Quito or returning to Guayaquil. From Manta, visitors can also extend their stay on the coast and heat north t o the city of Bahía de Caráquez, the ecological city of the Ecuadorian coast.
Source: Fondo de Promoción Turistica del Ecuador, Travel Planner, 2006-2007