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Review of Cerro Santa Ana

Cerro Santa Ana
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Guayaquil City Tour
Ranked #5 of 148 things to do in Guayaquil
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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 24 June 2017 via mobile

Nice view from the top, young couple like to hang out there. Polices in every corner. But don't except you can find a nice restaurant to eat. And only 444 steps to the top...

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"tourist area"
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"small church"
in 11 reviews
"santa ana"
in 13 reviews
"complete view"
in 3 reviews
"worth the climb"
in 11 reviews
"art galleries"
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"naval museum"
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"craft shops"
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"numbered steps"
in 6 reviews
"highest point"
in 3 reviews
"nice view"
in 9 reviews
"bars and restaurants"
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"light house"
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"every corner"
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"well worth the effort"
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"cold beer"
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"the river"
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Reviewed 23 June 2017

Quite a beautiful, small church at the top of the hill where El Faro de Guayaquil resides. The interior has gorgeous stain glass windows and it’s a great place to stop and contemplate. The views from right outside the church are quite nice, overlooking the city. Definitely worth the 444 steps to get to.

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Reviewed 20 June 2017

Views from here are awesome; however, be mindful of what route you take (see accompanying pictures). There is a “safe” route and a “dangerous” route. The route you wish to take will be obvious to you as there will “world globe” at the entry point at the bottom of the steps. We accidentally started up the wrong avenue where it was strictly residential and were immediately warned by locals not to proceed due to robbery, mugging, etc. The entry is one street up from La Pena Street (worth a visit); be prepared to walk up 444 steps…when we visited, there was someone there selling ice cold water for $.50 a bottle -- well worth the price.

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Reviewed 14 June 2017

El Cerro Santa Ana is located northeast of the city of Guayaquil, next to the traditional Barrio las Peñas. It covers an approximate area of 13.5 hectares, with a population estimated at 4,105 inhabitants.
Cerro Santa Ana is one of the most important tourist attractions of the city. A total of 444 steps include restaurants, cafes, art galleries, cybercafes and handicraft shops. It is equipped with plazas as well as green areas for recreation and rest.
At the top of the hill is a lighthouse (18 meters high), a chapel and the Naval Museum, where are cannons and other artifacts that were used in times when the city was besieged by pirates. It is a site for all kinds of social classes and ages.

- La Plaza Mirador El Fortín is the highest point of the Cerro where you will find the Lighthouse, the Plaza de Honores, the Santa Ana Chapel and the open Museum.
- Faro (built in 2002) Has an internal staircase from which you access a terrace, is a strategic point to observe the city.
THE Legend Tells that Niño de Lecumberri, a Spanish treasure hunter, invoked Santa Ana when he was in danger of death. In gratitude he placed a cross with the legend "Santa Ana" on the top of the hill, which replaced the name "Cerrito Verde"

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Reviewed 10 June 2017

El Cerro Santa Ana is a place located in the city of Guayaquil, at the foot of the Guayas River and next to the traditional Barrio Las Peñas, in the viewpoint of the hill, there are different special activities for tourist use. Cerro Santa Ana, in addition, is a tourist area, which has 444 steps, in which there are squares, roundabouts, Cyber, bars and restaurants.
At the top of the hill there is a lighthouse, a chapel and the Naval Museum, where there are cannons and other artifacts. The most important attraction in this area is the full view of the city.
I recommend you to visit Santa Ana Hill which have many attractions to enjoy the disadvantage is that you get tired of climbing all the steps that has the hill but the most important thing is that you can enjoy the beautiful view and good now the new aquisicon " LA PERLA "which is a giant Ferris wheel
It is decorated with more than 14000 led lights. It costs $ 7 from Monday to Friday, $ 10 Saturday and Sunda

Thank Jazmin B
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