The only flights to the Galapagos Islands depart from either Guayaquil or Quito, so you might as well spend some time getting to know Ecuador’s mainland with a few days in Guayaquil! With a population even larger than Ecuador’s capital city of Quito and an ever-expanding suburban landscape, the coastal town of Guayaquil is the country’s main port city.
Extend your Galapagos journey with any of these five destinations in Ecuador. The Galapagos Islands are a fantastic standalone destination for cruises, but if you are hoping to experience even more of Ecuador on your trip, then consider adding on a few days in one of these top Ecuadorian destinations.
In 2008, when Ecuador overhauled its constitution, it became the first country in the world to give inalienable rights to nature. This dedication to the environment is largely reflected in the country’s national attitude towards conservation of its rich natural habitats, from the depths of the Amazon rainforest all the way to the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean.