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. Plan to visit Las Penas and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Guayaquil attractions using our Guayaquil online trip itinerary maker .
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  • Well care the place, security on all sides, a great view of Guayaquil and you can understand the importance of this port for Ecuador.
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  • Quaint area of Guayaquil featuring colourful houses and a number of art galleries. Walking to the top,of the hill affords a 360degree panorama of Guayaquil, and a sneak peak into some of the local hou...  more »
  • Nice picturesque part of Guayaquil. All the houses have different colors, there are lots of little shops, antiques stores, art galleries, restaurants and bars.  more »

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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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