Central/South America

Guayaquil, Ecuador

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Guayaquil

Santiago de Guayaquil (more commonly known as Guayaquil) is Ecuador’s largest city. It’s located at the mouth of the Guayas River, making it an important port city and a jumping off point for cruises to the Galapagos Islands. There’s some very nice running in Guayaquil, much of it along waterfront paths. There are also several linear parks and ‘ciclovias’ in this equatorial city that are good for running. Runners should note that the weather is hot and humid year-round.

The most popular running option is the Malecón 2000 along the city’s riverfront. This route can be easily combined with a jaunt on the bridges and boardwalks of Isla Santay, or a climb up the stairs of colorful Cerro Santa Ana. Parque de los Samanes and the adjacent Reserva Senderos are also good bets. Runners can find more waterfront running in Parque Lineal del Estero Salado, Parque Lineal Kennedy Norte, or the series of linear park paths in the southwest part of the city (Cisne/Ximena/Isla Trinitaria). For a ritzy commercial/residential run, head to Plaza Lagos, or test your trail legs on the paths of Bosque Protector Cerro Blanco.

Guayaquil is a compact and walkable city. Buses are the cheapest form of public transport, but the routes can be confusing to tourists, so do some research ahead of time. Most visitors opt for taxis or collectivos to reach our further-flung running options.

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Some of our favorite runs in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Malecón 2000

The most popular running option in Guayaquil. The Malecón 2000 is a delightful brick waterfront promenade along... more...

Isla Santay

Run the boardwalks of the Isla Santay National Recreation Area, accessible via pedestrian bridges from Guayaquil. The... more...

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Malecón 2000

Guayaquil, Ecuador

The most popular running option in Guayaquil. The Malecón 2000 is a delightful brick waterfront promenade along 2.4 km of the city’s coast. Includes monuments and other top sites.
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Isla Santay

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Run the boardwalks of the Isla Santay National Recreation Area, accessible via pedestrian bridges from Guayaquil. The highlight is the 6 km “ciclovia.” Pairs well with Malecón 2000.
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Parque Samanes

Guayaquil, Ecuador

This large park in north Guayaquil has over 4 km of lovely brick paths around the perimeter. Runners can also cross the street into Reserva Senderos and run along the dirt bike path.
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Plaza Lagos

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Plaza Lagos is a shopping center in north Guayaquil, but it’s also a community of nicely developed promenades and residential streets. We’ve mapped a 3 km loop.
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Malecón 2000

Guayaquil, Ecuador

The most popular running option in Guayaquil. The Malecón 2000 is a delightful brick waterfront promenade along 2.4 km of the city’s coast. Includes monuments and other top sites.
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Isla Santay

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Run the boardwalks of the Isla Santay National Recreation Area, accessible via pedestrian bridges from Guayaquil. The highlight is the 6 km “ciclovia.” Pairs well with Malecón 2000.
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Parque Samanes

Guayaquil, Ecuador

This large park in north Guayaquil has over 4 km of lovely brick paths around the perimeter. Runners can also cross the street into Reserva Senderos and run along the dirt bike path.
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Temperatures are warm to hot year-round in this equatorial city. Average high temperatures are in the mid-to-high 80sF (27-31C) year-round. However, there are distinct wet and dry seasons, with most of the city’s 1200mm (50 inches) of annual rainfall occurring from January through April.

Hotels are scattered around the main area of Guayaquil, with more options to the north near the airport.

There are some chain running stores in Guayaquil, including Reebok, Under Armour, Adidas, and Marathon Sports.

For running tours visit Run Ecuador. Or find a group run on Strava!

The Guayaquil Marathon is the city’s most popular race.