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Las Penas, Guayaquil

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Climb the iconic steps of Las Penas and admire the patchwork of color surrounding you. Typified by its multicolored houses, the neighborhood adds a splash of light to Guayaquil as it blankets Cerro Santa Ana and dips down to the river. Sense the history of Guayaquil's oldest residential neighborhood, which also stands out as the only part of the city not to have been burnt down at some point. You'll feel like you're in a painting as you stop for a coffee at one of the bright houses, many of which have been converted into cafes or bars. With our online itinerary creator, Guayaquil attractions like Las Penas can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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Where to stay in Guayaquil

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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  • On top of this neighborhood you will find a small lighthouse with a great view over Guayaquil. The place itself is full of small bars and restaurants in colorful painted houses. It's touristic but saf...  more »
  • Pastel prettiness -- a lovely walk. Terrific to see such interest taken in renovating charming houses  more »
  • A great way to get some exercise, see a slice of the bairrio life and have a spectacular view at the top. The 444 steps to Plaza Colón at the top was worth the climb. We took our time and stopped for ...  more »