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Guayaquil, Provincia del Guayas, Ecuador

How much does it cost to travel to Guayaquil?

You should plan to spend around $95 per day on your vacation in Guayaquil. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $29 on meals
  • $15 on local transportation
  • $64 on hotels

A one week trip to Guayaquil for two people costs, on average, $1,323. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Guayaquil cost?

A one week trip to Guayaquil usually costs around $662 for one person and $1,323 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Guayaquil on average costs around $1,323 for one person and $2,647 for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Guayaquil will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Guayaquil on average costs around $2,836 for one person and $5,671 for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Guayaquil has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Guayaquil expensive to visit?

Prices in Guayaquil are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within South America, Guayaquil is a somewhat more expensive destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in South America for its travel costs. While some cities in the region are more expensive, Guayaquil is generally more expensive than most.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Guayaquil Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Guayaquil?

The average Guayaquil trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Guayaquil travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $64
Local Transportation 1 $15
Food 2 $29
Entertainment 1 $21
Tips and Handouts 1 $94 - 281
Alcohol 2 $9 - 26
Accommodation Budget in Guayaquil
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Guayaquil is $32. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Guayaquil is $64. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Guayaquil

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Guayaquil based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $53. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Guayaquil
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Guayaquil is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $15 per person, per day, on local transportation in Guayaquil.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Rental Cars in Guayaquil
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Food Budget in Guayaquil
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  • While meal prices in Guayaquil can vary, the average cost of food in Guayaquil is $29 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Guayaquil should cost around $12 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Guayaquil is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Guayaquil
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  • Entertainment and activities in Guayaquil typically cost an average of $21 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Guayaquil
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Guayaquil is $188 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Guayaquil is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Guayaquil
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  • The average person spends about $17 on alcoholic beverages in Guayaquil per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Water Budget in Guayaquil
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  • On average, people spend $1.11 on bottled water in Guayaquil per day. The public water in Guayaquil is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Guayaquil On a Budget
Guayaquil Guayaquil, Ecuador
Guayaquil is Ecuador's largest city and seaport. From a tourist perspective, the city acts primarily as a transportation gateway to the country and the Galapagos Islands. While the city can be skipped altogether, should you have a free day to spend here, there are a few noteworthy things to do, as well as some terrific dining and nightlife options. Guayaquil’s main tourist attraction is Las Penas, a hill with old, colorfully painted buildings at the north end of the Malecon, where you can walk the 400 steps to the lighthouse at the top for good views of the city. The neighborhood is filled with cafes, bars, restaurants, and art galleries and is relatively safe. Other important sights include the Malecon 2000, a massive urban development project that has brought new life to the riverside in the city center and the Parque Seminario, filled with fountains, trees and iguanas, located at 10 de Agosto Ave and Chile Ave.
The city center area is filled with hotels, restaurants, museums, churches, parks and beautiful architectural sites. From Hemiciclo La Rotonda, you can head up to 9 de Octubre Ave and visit Iglesia San Francisco. Near the church, on Pedro Carbo Ave. and you will find Nahim Isaías Museum, The City Hall and Municipal Palace. You can also walk to the nearby intersection at Clemente Ballen Avenue and Chimborazo Avenue, and visit Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil constructed in a neo-gothic style in the 1930s. Stroll along the Parque Seminario, which has a large number of iguanas climbing around the bushes and trees or walking leisurely on the ground. These friendly animals are not the same marine specie from the Galapagos. They measure around 4 to 5 feet and they usually let you touch them. Finally head to 9 de Octubre Avenue to get a glimpse of the life on the most important street of Guayaquil filled with restaurants, business, banks, hotels, etc. Make sure to stop by at Parque Centenario and visit Museo Presley Norton before heading to Malecon Salado, a pier and linear park with large green areas. You can rent rowboats, enjoy the Fuente del Agua Danzante and eat typical food. From the Malecon Salado boardwalk, you can get to Urdesa, one of most popular restaurant and bar zones of Guayaquil.

Visit Cerro Santa Ana, a hill with colorful colonial houses, where the city was first founded in 1547. There are 444 steps to climb to the top of the hill. However it may take you more time than you thought to get to the top as there are lots of coffee houses, art galleries and artisan shops for you to stop and browse. Once you get to the top, enjoy amazing views of Guayaquil, climb the lighthouse ‘El Faro’, visit a fort, a museum and the Santa Ana Chapel. Adjacent to Cerro Santa Ana is the Barrio Las Peñas, the oldest neighborhood of Guayaquil and the home of famous Ecuadorian poets and intellectuals. Walk along the cobbled street "Numa Pompillo Llona", where you will find restored houses from the colonial times, art galleries and restaurants. The boardwalk between Cerro Santa Ana and the Guayas River is called Malecón 2000, one of the most iconic sights of Guayaquil that stretches 1.5 miles. It is dotted with entertainment, food shops, gardens, fountains, sculptures and monuments. At the northern end of Malecón 2000, visit the Museo Antropológico y de Arte Contemporáneo, the beautiful gardens filled with local botanic species, and Guayaquil City Museum. The iconic monument of Guayaquil, La Rotonda, is a stunning piece of art on Malecón 2000 that commemorates the meeting of the two liberators: Simon Bolivar and Jose San Martin in 1822. The beautiful Moorish Clock is also found at this place and is another important monument. At the southern end of Malecón 2000, you will find a shopping center and the Henry Morgan ship, a pirate ship that tours through the Guayas River and gives you beautiful views of the Santa Ana Port, Las Peñas, Malecon 2000 and Santay Island. Make sure to get a tour around 18h30 so that you enjoy the sunset. The Morgan ship also has a bar and a restaurant.

Visit Santay Island, a protected area known for its diverse fauna and flora that features an eco village. The island is home to 85 bird species, 12 reptiles and a crocodile station. You can get to the island by foot on a 15 minute walk, by renting a bicycle for about USD$4 or by a small boat, which departs from Malecon 2000 by the Yatch Club area. The entry to the island is free. Another great activity in Guayaquil is to get a taxi at a cost of USD$10 and cross over the Rafael Mendoza Bridge to Samborondón to visit Parque Histórico. It is a gorgeous place where history, culture and nature meet. The park is divided into three zones: wildlife, as you immerse yourself in the natural diversity of the region, urban architecture, with historical buildings from the late 19th century and traditions, providing an opportunity to learn more about the customs and traditions of this region of Ecuador. You can get English speaking headphones to guide you through the park at a cost of USD$5 for up to 2 visitors. The entry to the park is free.
Food and Dining
As Ecuador's largest city, it shouldn’t be surprising that some of the best food in the country can be found in Guayaquil. The city has no shortage of restaurants to suit all budgets. The big shopping centres like Mall del Sol feature huge food courts with dozens of familiar international fast-food chains. However, it isn’t the international cuisine that grabs the attention but the excellent local dishes that are found on just about every street corner. A coastal favorite throughout Latin America is ceviche, which consists of raw seafood marinated in citrus juices. Churrasco is a grilled steak seasoned with chimichurri, and served along with plantains, rice, French fries, a fried egg, and avocado. Encebollado is a fish stew containing cassava and red onion and the famous Pan de Yuca is a bread made of cassava starch and cheese.

The Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) is one of the best in South America, and has all the necessary amenities to ensure your comfort. The airport is located in the northeast part of the city, adjacent to the new international bus terminal. Taxis to the northern suburbs, or the hotels near the Malecon, cost between USD$3 and $5. If you are entering Ecuador through Guayaquil, the Immigration and Customs process is organized and efficient. Flights are available to and from a variety of major cities throughout North and South America. Guayaquil's bus station is very well-organized, and easy to get around. Ticket booths for the buses are located on the first floor, along with a mall. Departures occur on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Buses leave for cities around the country day and night. The bigger the city, the more frequent the departures and buses to and from Quito and Cuenca depart hourly. A direct bus to Cuenca is USD$8.25 and takes about 3h30. A direct bus to Montanita is USD$6 and takes around 2h30.

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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

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