Stroll through its streets and breathe in the cultural past of this colourful district
A picturesque district, overflowing with art
Blues, greens, pinks..., all the pastel colours that you can imagine decorate the small houses in the district of las Peñas. It's an essential part of your visit to Guayaquil. Its history goes back more than a century. However, its architecture imitates the style of the 18th and 19th centuries which is where its real charm lies. Legend has it that Che Guevara and Ernest Hemingway stayed here, amongst other famous people, when they visited the city. During the 18th century, it was a bohemian epicentre of artists, politicians and the middle classes that met outdoors in the streets at night and at the mercy of the mosquitos. Unfortunately, the district went up in flames in the horrific fire of 1896 that devastated the city and although it was rebuilt, it endured another new fire in 1902. After the last recovery -and the first fire brigades-, Las Peñas was kept safe and is still a centre of art, particularly during the festival of July.