Ecuador — Guayaquil: Lighthouse of Santa Ana Hill


Guayaquil from Hop-on/Hop-off bus

On our first day in Guayaquil, Ursula and I didn’t just hoof it around. We also took a Hop-on/Hop-off. While on that bus we passed this lighthouse atop a very tall hill:

Santa Ana Hill

Fortunately we were in for a pleasant surprise, as our tour guide led us up the long trek to that lighthouse. After a brief break at the gardens (Monday’s article), we headed over to the base of Santa Ana Hill and began our climb:

Climbing Santa Ana Hill

Near the bottom was a rather neat historic mailbox:

Historic Mailbox

Buzón Histórico (Historic Mailbox)

The walk was very colorful with much to photograph despite the overcast sky:

Climbing Santa Ana Hill

The number of steps totaled 444. How do I know that?  Well . . . .

444 steps to the top of Santa Ana Hill

At the top of Santa Ana Hill stands not just a lighthouse, but also a small church:

Iglesia del Cerro Santa Ana (Church of Santa Ana Hill)

Iglesia del Cerro Santa Ana (Church of Santa Ana Hill)

But it was the lighthouse that interested me, and I was not disappointed:

Lighthouse (Faro) of Santa Ana Hill

Everywhere I turned there appeared something else to photograph:

Lighthouse (Faro) of Santa Ana Hill

And if the 444 steps to the top of the hill aren’t enough for you, then try the steps to the top of the lighthouse for views such as this:

Guayaquil as seen from atop Santa Ana Hill

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