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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  • totally redone, this area of artists and craftsmen expresses a part of local flair with displays of good national and South American painters and sculptors, some farm houses more or less well maintained and rebuilt and especially weekends with a spirit Latin characteristic of Guayaquil trying to give visitors a happy and naive romantic atmosphere.
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  • This is the only street that remained intact after the great city fire of 1896. Now a Patrimony of the city. Bohemian neighborhood for painters, theatre. Check if there is something played at the Albe...  more »
  • It is a journey to cerro Santa Ana as of a little more than 500 steps between houses typical of Las Peñas neighbourhood with its inhabitants and very well preserved, local folklore and the tab at the top of the Guayas River, the Santay island and the pier are very much worth
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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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