Cerro Santa Ana
Cerro Santa Ana Guayaquil Reviews
Stairs with colorful houses and great view at Cerro Sta. Ana Jul 20, 2009
Cerro Sta. Ana or Sta. Ana Mountain is located in Las Peñas area, at the end of the Malecon.
When I was about coming to Guayaquil, my cousin recommended me to visit this place and climb all the 444 steps to get a great view of the city.
Cerro Sta. Ana is one of the highlights in Guayaquil. Some years ago this place was just a dangerous area with poor houses, but not anymore. The municipality did a good job organizing the neighbors and giving them some money to help with the reconstruction of the old houses, which are now colorful charming and some of them turned into bars, restaurants and shops. This area used to be dangerous, but right now there are guards the whole time. Walking there is safe, but the surroundings not that much.
There are 444 steps and each one has its number written on it. Going up the 310m is worth it. Before starting you'd see a Church "La Maerced" and the Firefighters' Museum. In your way up, you wouldn't only see the charming houses, but also there are some squares (Los Monjes, Honores), alleys (where you can get lost), and on every wall you'd see a picture of how the place used to look, extreme make over!
Reaching the top you'd find the Pirate's museum. Guayaquil was an important harbor during the Colony and many pirates stopped here.
At the top you'd find the Sta. Ana Chapel, which is small and nice and the House light. The view of the Guayas river and the city is really really nice. I was here during the day and also when it was dark and can't decide which one was better. Lights add special charm, but during the day you can identify more things...
Anyway, if you are in Guayaquil take some time to visit this place. It's free, you get an amazing view, and do some exercise, hehe.
Just a couple of tips:
-wear comfy shoes
-Sundays place is crowded by families
-most of the restaurants, bars are closed on Mondays.
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