Below is a list of some of the best day trips from Guayaquil, Ecuador.

The Botanical Garden of Guayaqil is located at the foot of the Cerro Colorado hill at Avenida Francisco de Orellana. Here you can find three thousand varieties of vegetable species including hundred and fifty varieties of orchids.

Another great short trip is to Cerro Blanco. Situated at Km. 15 on the coast road it is a representative sample of a tropical dry forest and constitutes an important refuge for more than hundred and ninety species of land birds and six species of sea birds.

Puerto Hondo, 17 kilometers away on the road to the coast, is a large reserve of mangrove trees. Also here is an archeological site called Palombamba where fairly well preserved archeological finds have been made, and which correspond to the Huancavilca culture.

All are easily accessible by car or hitchhiking – normal larger buses aren’t always easy to find this far out of the city. However by asking locals you may be able to find a small minibus.