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“small church”(11 reviews)
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“santa ana”(13 reviews)
Like the ugly duckling to swan tale, this once poor area was transformed into a prime tourist attraction – a 465-foot stairway flanked by colorful houses, eateries, gift shops and galleries.
Guayaquil, Ecuador
+593 4-230-1998
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 7 July 2008

We walked from one side of the Malecon to the other so we happened to stumble upon Cerro Santa Ana on accident. The colorful hillside peaked our interest from afar. So off we ventured to the hill we went!!! The cobblestone roads were so inviting,...More

4  Thank AngieGreek
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 10 February 2014

We wanted to visit Cerro Santa Ana but my wife has difficulty with stairs. We were excited to read others on this forum tell of going around the backside for easier access. Bad idea. Very bad idea. We found a taxi and explained what we...More

6  Thank AmyinPawPaw
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was an old shanty town, which was brought back to value by a municipal effort. Safe and worth visiting. Be aware that being a "cerro" (hill) you will need to climb up and down many stairs. The houses are quaint. There are some good...More

Thank Colesterol
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had such a great experience and even got to take a few selfies with one of the police officers! Loved the views and the colors.

1  Thank Dan G
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

Visit the Las Peñas, is transported in time since you are knowing a part of a very strong city, on each rise of the stairs that are certainly 500, it is recommended to climb little by little not to go in a hurry but to...More

Thank nixonrivasdelgado
Reviewed 22 July 2018

In my opinion this was the most charming part of Guayaquil. The stairs, the houses, narrow streets and the views are all great. Climbing up can be a bit taxing on a hot day but the view at the top of the lighthouse is definetly...More

Thank shatiel
Reviewed 9 July 2018

We had a rented car but its forbidden to take it to the top. We had to walk, but it was OK. We always felt safe even when there were lots of guys without tshirt on one corner. Good pictures, people selling water and nice...More

Thank Silasboy_Lx
Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

We walked up the steps to visit and see the view. There are plenty of places to stop and rest or take photos. It was well worth the effort as this is a very unique place with a charm all it’s own. There are security...More

Thank dixiepeach
Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

If you can make it up the 444 steps to the top of Santa Ana Hill, and the 52 steps of the lighthouse at the top, you will be rewarded by spectacular views of Guayaquil and the surrounding communities and rivers. My favorite time to...More

1  Thank Herb I
Reviewed 16 March 2018

Great place from which to view the new city, whilst walking through the old. Climb the 444 numbered steps to the top to gain the best views (the lighthouse spiral staircase is extra & those I didn’t count). Lots of bars to rest a while...More

1  Thank Escape-overseas
Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

I was no way prepared to walk the 400+ stairs to the top. But there are plenty of places to take breaks and grab a water and keep track of how far you have to go since the steps are numbered. Once you get to...More

Thank c_estrellaroca
Reviewed 9 March 2018

Visiting the place where the city started and typic living is still found was very interesting, you can enjoy the older people narrating stories of the past and anecdotes; some of them, hard to believe.

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Joan Marie W
26 September 2018|
Response from Herb I | Reviewed this property |
Any that are near the hill or near the waterfront will tell you
Cathie O
15 April 2017|
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Response from CFEIII | Reviewed this property |
things open up about 9:00 or 10:00 every morning, watch out for Sundays and Mondays though, museums are closed on Mondays, some shops follow suit. Best bet, Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 - 6:00