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Cerro Santa Ana, Guayaquil

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Neighborhood Tourist Spot
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. Add Cerro Santa Ana and other attractions to your Guayaquil trip itinerary using our Guayaquil vacation planner.
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  • It was our first choice to visit arriving at Guayaquil and did not disappoint. The more than 400 steps to climb are made attractive with various restaurants and business accompanying the rise during the night (probably on the day also). The bad things in these businesses, almost none accept credit cards visa (very surprised by this really). Otherwise, definitely something you need to visit for the great view offering to reach the top in the gazebo.
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  • We visited this Hill and it is OK, but not exciting or historic for us. We went at night, so we got great pictures of the Malecon and the Ferris Wheel.  more »
  • Climb the steps of your numbered stairs, make a stop on the way up to enjoy a refreshing drink and admire the magnificent views of its upper Esplanade, deserve the effort. For me, the best time to the fall of the evening and watch the lights of the beginning of the night.
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Guayaquil's sprawling layout means its center isn't strictly defined, with accommodations spread throughout several neighborhoods. To enjoy the most iconic Guayaquil setting, stay in the riverside neighborhood of Las Penas. For easy access to public parks and some of the best attractions in Guayaquil, stay in the bustling district of La Bahia. If you want a more suburban experience, look farther north to the neighborhood of Simon Bolivar.
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