The bustling port city of Guayaquil is an ideal stopover en route to or from the Galapagos. There are some lovely colonial buildings amongst the skyscrapers, and new cafes, restaurants and shops are springing up all the time; it’s a great place for people watching. In contrast, the small Isla de la Plata is famous for its marine birdlife, and also attracts dolphins and humpback whales.
Reasons to visit the Coast include:
This 175 room hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Guayaquil, just minutes from the Malecon, and one block from Bolivar Park.
A beautifully restored 19th building with spacious, stylish rooms and suites and pretty courtyards, set within the Parque Historico.
A well equipped city centre hotel with a choice of rooms and suites, pool, spa and restaurants.
Time: GMT -5 hours
There is an international airport at Quito and at Guayaquil. KLM and Iberia have routes via Europe to both cities. The flying time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly via America.
Language: Spanish is Ecuador's official language.
Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.