Ecuador's Pacific Coast is relatively little-visited other than by surfers and backpackers or those with longer time available.
However, nature lovers will find some excellent reserves here, seasonal humpback whale watching, the chance to see blue footed boobies at Puerto Lopez and tranquil seaside retreats.
Montanita is Ecuador's surfing centre and a must for those looking for one of the best surf spots in South America.
Guayaquil is Ecuador's commercial capital, second international gateway and departure point for flights to the Galapagos Islands.
Guayaquil is a lively tropical city with a re-invigorated riverside development which forms the focus of visitor's attention.
The Malecon is the local name for the riverside promenade and development which lines the Rio Guayas, with restaurants, bars and hotels all conveniently located for an overnight in Ecuador's second city.