Guayaquil has undergone a much-needed facelift in recent years, including the transformation of its oldest community. Delightfully reminiscent of La Boca in Buenos Aires, but on a hillside, the community of Las Peñas, located at the Malecón's northern tip, illuminates the landscape with colonial houses decorated bright reds, yellows and greens. The city’s origin neighbourhood is over 400 years old and, as you will see, incomparable to the industrial city of Guayaquil. The 500 steps make it heavy going for visitors, but also a great excuse to take a breather in a bar, gallery, trinket shop or even a lie down in a boutique hotel. Yet, those who trudge to the peak will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the city. Though great for just a wonder, every nook and cranny of Las Peñas' slim streets will come alive on the free tour guide offered by local resident Markus who arranges tours - email@example.com.