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Cerro Santa Ana

Guayaquil, Ecuador
+593 4-230-1998
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Like the ugly duckling to swan tale, this once poor area was transformed into a prime tourist attraction – a 465-foot stairway flanked by colorful houses, eateries, gift shops and galleries.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good40%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“small church” (11 reviews)
“tourist area” (4 reviews)
“santa ana” (13 reviews)
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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+593 4-230-1998
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"small church"
in 11 reviews
"tourist area"
in 4 reviews
"santa ana"
in 13 reviews
"art galleries"
in 13 reviews
"worth the climb"
in 11 reviews
"naval museum"
in 4 reviews
"numbered steps"
in 6 reviews
"highest point"
in 3 reviews
"nice view"
in 9 reviews
"bars and restaurants"
in 8 reviews
"light house"
in 7 reviews
"every corner"
in 4 reviews
"well worth the effort"
in 4 reviews
"the river"
in 14 reviews
"beautiful city"
in 5 reviews
"safe area"
in 4 reviews
"nice area"
in 3 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In my opinion this was the most charming part of Guayaquil. The stairs, the houses, narrow streets and the views are all great. Climbing up can be a bit taxing on a hot day but the view at the top of the lighthouse is definetly...More

Thank Andrea M
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

We had a rented car but its forbidden to take it to the top. We had to walk, but it was OK. We always felt safe even when there were lots of guys without tshirt on one corner. Good pictures, people selling water and nice...More

Thank Silasboy_Lx
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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

We walked up the steps to visit and see the view. There are plenty of places to stop and rest or take photos. It was well worth the effort as this is a very unique place with a charm all it’s own. There are security...More

Thank dixiepeach
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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

If you can make it up the 444 steps to the top of Santa Ana Hill, and the 52 steps of the lighthouse at the top, you will be rewarded by spectacular views of Guayaquil and the surrounding communities and rivers. My favorite time to...More

Thank Herb I
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

Great place from which to view the new city, whilst walking through the old. Climb the 444 numbered steps to the top to gain the best views (the lighthouse spiral staircase is extra & those I didn’t count). Lots of bars to rest a while...More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

I was no way prepared to walk the 400+ stairs to the top. But there are plenty of places to take breaks and grab a water and keep track of how far you have to go since the steps are numbered. Once you get to...More

Thank c_estrellaroca
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

Visiting the place where the city started and typic living is still found was very interesting, you can enjoy the older people narrating stories of the past and anecdotes; some of them, hard to believe.

Thank Elias K
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

"cerro Santa ana"" was the first place people start living in Guayaquil.probably because its a hill and the surounding areas in this time was just humed lowland and swamp. Burned down several times by pirates and rebuiled also several times years ago it was a...More

Thank alexanderwag
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

Not sure what the difference is between Cerro Santa Ana and Las Penas, they seem to be one and the same. It may refer to the stairway made of over 400 steps that leads through Las Penas and and to the Faro (lighthouse) at the...More

Thank flaneur40
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Climb up to the top for a splendid view of the city. Wear comfy shoes and take in the beautiful view!

Thank PepePitMD
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Cathie O
16 April 2017|
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Response from CFEIII | Reviewed this property |
things open up about 9:00 or 10:00 every morning, watch out for Sundays and Mondays though, museums are closed on Mondays, some shops follow suit. Best bet, Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 - 6:00
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