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Address: Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Whew! - big climb in the heat

This was worth the view (and slight breeze) at the top - especially to get an idea of how the river carves up the city. Guayaquil is a vast sprawling metropolis without many... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Wellington, New Zealand
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This was worth the view (and slight breeze) at the top - especially to get an idea of how the river carves up the city. Guayaquil is a vast sprawling metropolis without many landmarks. The steps (444 - each with a number) wind up through the pastel coloured houses. Most houses have a 'before' picture which really helps to give... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We had 7 hours between our planes from the Galapagos to home so we checked our luggage and went in town. The man at the info desk at the airport suggested Las Penas and the Malecon, so we went. The neighbourhood is built on a steep hill and we climbed all 444 steps to the foot of the lighthouse and... More 

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We initially thought it was just an enjoyable walk through a local community but the real reward is when you reach the top. The views and photo ops of the favalas is breathtaking and as close as you probably want to get to these neighborhoods. Just walk slow and take your time and you'll be fine.

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Morristown, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Colorful...stunning...breathtaking....YOU WILL BE SWEATY AFTER! The steps are not as bad as everyone says as long as you are not a couch potato. Going at night was amazing to see the lights from the city below. We will go tomorrow morning to see the sunrise view.

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Columbia, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I was expecting more, but there's not really a whole lot to see/do in the neighborhood. The houses are attractively painted, there are a couple of small galleries and a cooperative of gift kiosks. Found only one bar for sitting outside to enjoy the view; there are some small restaurants that serve pretty standard fare, but no place to enjoy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The Malecon is OK, but you really must walk a bit further to Las Penas. From the top you can see much more than you can by walking for days in or around downtown Guayaquil.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This is a nice area to visit. Lovely lighthouse and little church at the top. Very colorful houses. Too bad most places were closed, ended up eating back a the Malecon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Very nice place to visit. Historic place where Guayaquil was founded. Very interesting because of the mixture of the antique and the modern Guayaquil just minutes away from Las Penas.

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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Las peñas is the name given to one of the Guayaquil neighborhoods located in Santa Ana's hill were the city started. It is, probably, also the biggest tourist trap on the city. Every tourist or visitor to the city is told to go there independently of their taste or preferences. But lets be realistic: Guayaquil is NOT a tourist place... More 

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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If you dont visit Las Peñas you have not being in Guayaquil!! This will make you travel to The old city, walking throught The pretiest colonial houses, you could find nice boutique hotels, and art galleries!! You will need to go up throught 300 steps to get to The top and get One of The best views, and to see... More 

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