It is essential to have two good legs. You will be able to recover by enjoying the area's views and open-air bars.

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Plaza de Honores

400 never-ending steps!

What you are going to need to be able to gaze upon the monuments in this square are, for starters, two good legs that you will use to climb the staircase - with over 400 steps, no more no less - until you reach Santa Ana hill, interspersed with scraggy lampposts and the traditional low multicoloured houses that are typical of the area. To begin the climb you only have to reach the end of the Malecón 2000 and look up in order to find your way. At the top, along with the lighthouse that dominates the entrance to the sea inlet and Santa Ana church, you will come across Plaza de Honores which pays tribute to the only waterway through Guayas river. Amongst its special features, the remains of the original fortification can be found including cannons, a lighthouse and the best panoramic views of the city. When night falls, the visit can be completed with a few beers in any of the peak's open-air bars.

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