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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  • August 14, 2017
    bring your walking shoes... and camera ,... great view... try a local meal and a cold beer .. and meet the friendly locals  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Amazing, to make and mount the 456 steps, views of the city, the Church and the lighthouse. Colorful houses, stairs with numbers. A nice walk under a blazing sun.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Las Peñas is a must-see for the story of how the city was founded. Walk its streets and see their picturesque houses is part of the tourist circuit that can become next to the cerro Santa Ana and Malecón 2000.
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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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