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“You'll walk your butt off--literally”
Review of Cerro Santa Ana

Cerro Santa Ana
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 15, 2014

Taking the hike up these steps is well worth it. You'll get to see some of the best views of Guayaquil from the top, including the famous hillside of colorful homes and the larger, more modern city behind it. The trip up the steps provides several "photo opportunities", as you pass a host of colorful buildings against a backdrop of the descending steps, city, and river. At the top, you'll find a small church and lighthouse--climb the steps inside the lighthouse (what's a few more steps after the first 400+?) for an even better view. Others have commented about making sure you don't take shortcuts/to stay on the steps when going up. As a woman who traveled here alone, I agree. At no point did I feel in danger in this area, but I did get the vibe (especially from the dozens of police officers everywhere) that this is a place to stay on your toes, and not to stray from the route that people recommend. Just be sure you bring bottled water before you start climbing. :-)

1  Thank MadamePeach
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

We wanted to visit Cerro Santa Ana but my wife has difficulty with stairs. We were excited to read others on this forum tell of going around the backside for easier access. Bad idea. Very bad idea.

We found a taxi and explained what we wanted to do. He seemed amiable to the idea. When we arrived and jumped out of the taxi two young women came running up and began yelling excitedly in Spanish. Something about robbers and danger. Suddenly the taxi driver is yelling, venga, venga, venga, meaning "come on, let's get out of here." Back into the taxi we jumped and away we went with a great squealing of tires. Later the driver explained that the girls were saying there was a gang of thugs coming down the street and as obvious tourists we were in danger.

Back at the hotel the owner told us that the only safe place on Cerro Santa Ana is the stairs which are heavily patrolled by the police. Anyone straying away from the stairs and into the back neighborhoods puts themselves in danger. So if you want to visit Cerro Santa Ana stick to the stairs and do not go "around back" looking for an easier way to the top.

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Reviewed January 19, 2014

this is a nice 'paseo' but only if you like to walk a lot. you can climb all the way up to the top via a staircase which is surrounded by colonial style remodeled houses, restaurants, bars and shops. I like it a lot

1  Thank Juanecu
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

The City of Guayaquil is to be commended for this success story, salvaging a run-down area, turning it into a beautiful city attraction, without evicting the residents. The 444 steps sound daunting, but they were not in the least bit strenuous, as they are spaced nicely, and, if you need, there are benches along the way. This was very clean and well-maintained -- the day we were there, they had started at the top and were working their way down, hosing off all the steps, benches, etc. And, of course, the view from the top is unmatched.

1  Thank Juanita C
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

Following the numbered steps (444 of them) to the top of the "hill" is very much worth the effort. Beautiful, panoramic views of Guayaquil and the surrounding area, very interesting homes, shops, and bars along the way. This is not for those who cannot do a vigorous walk.

Thank Scienceczar
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