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“A hard climb but worth the views”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Las Penas

Las Penas
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Private Guayaquil Half-Day City Tour Including The Malecon and Las Peñas...
Ranked #1 of 84 things to do in Guayaquil
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York, United Kingdom
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“A hard climb but worth the views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

This small hill side village at the end of the Malecon is a must see. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for quite a hard walk up the many steps to the lighthouse at the top.
I went early morning when it was cool and so it was very quiet although I think it will be much more lively in the evening when all the little bars and restaurants are open.
The houses are beautifully painted in pastel colours and its a great way to see what old Guayaquil looked like
As a women on my own I felt very safe. Both here in Malecon and the pubic parks there are plenty of security people around and I was never hassled by anyone

Visited September 2013
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“OVER 600 STEPS!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

This is a must visit plce to appreciate the origins of Guayaquil. Have a cold Pilsener beer at the top after you climb the Lighthouse!

Visited August 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Great place to hang out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Now this is a tourist attraction, but will most likely attract the younger, single crowd, or a group that likes to party. There is history plus a great view when you get to the top. Getting to the top may be challenging for some (forgot the number of steps), but once you get there, you are treated to a great view of the city. On the way to the top there are plenty of bars to stop in, dance, etc. I would not recommend you do this alone at night, but you should be fine in a group. I'm not sure I could put these next two words together, but a good description of some of the spots on the way up are "seedy and charming". See for yourself.

Think "The Village" (NYC) in the 60's without the hippies.

Visited February 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“A great walk and great sights”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

This area (basically one long street) used to be lived in by well to do people, then fell on hard times because the area next to it was so rough, now that the neighbors have been cleaned up is a favorite of artists. It is just one street, and is right next to Santa Anna but is not the same as Santa Anna. No stairs, just a nicely curving hill with a cobblestoned street. The houses along it are fabulous and often rented by expats posted to Guayaquil for a year. They ones on the right as you go up the hill go back quite far from the street and are above the Guayas River with great views. One house (on the left as you go up) leaves the curtains open and let's you peek into the living room where you see some remarkable furniture and interesting decor. Lots of galleries along the street, mostly offering the kind of colorful representational paintings typically found in Central America.

Visited August 2013
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Quito, Ecuador
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“A top must see for any visitor to Guayaquil !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

Las Peñas, an original barrio built on the hillside of Santa Anna, has been restored into a colorful and charming collection of homes, restaurants, bars, and artisan workshops and galleries. On the IMAX theatre side of Malecon 2000 you ascend the mountain by climbing 450 stairs to magnificant vistas of Guayaquil. A quaint chapel, lighthouse ( ascend for even better 360 views ) , and Guayaquil historic museum grace the summit.

Visited August 2013
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