Cerro Santa Ana, Guayaquil

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Dotted with brightly painted homes, cafes, art galleries, and craft shops, Cerro Santa Ana owes its name to a legendary Spanish treasure hunter who topped the hill with a votive cross to Santa Ana. Follow the winding 444-step stairway to reach the lighthouse on the hilltop, which offers panoramic views of the city and its rivers. At the open-air museum you can see the remains of a 17th-century fortress and cannons, which protected the city from pirate attacks. Other highlights include a bar occupying half of a reconstructed pirate ship, a small chapel, and a naval museum. Arrange to visit Cerro Santa Ana and other attractions in Guayaquil using our Guayaquil road trip planner .
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  • October 2, 2017
    It is a hill in the back towards the Malecon 2000, advanced. I think it safe to explore the number on the stairs, because the police are patrolling. And the wall to the top of the Hill in addition to the views of the entire city, with lighthouse and Church attractions.
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  • October 1, 2017
    In my opinion, the best tourist attraction of Guayaquil. If you have little time in the city and you can only visit an attraction, choose this. Even if it costs a little up the stairs, the views from the lighthouse are spectacular. The image of the chapel with multicolored background houses is iconic. Don't miss a second staircase which are enabling in the Hill.
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  • September 24, 2017
    From a poor and unsafe neighborhood to become compulsory tourist destination in Guayaquil. Quite an adventure to compare the past with the present
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