Cuenca Recommended

Cuenca is one of the largest cities in Ecuador and possibly the most beautiful one. Unesco already put the old city center of Cuenca on their Cultural Heritage list, considering it an important representation of colonial architecture in Latin America.

Being in Cuenca is a treat for any traveller. Eventhough it is a large city, Cuenca won't overwhelm you with busy traffic and a hectic metropolitan atmosphere.

The old city center is a must-see with the beautiful cathedrals and gorgeous plazas. Some of the best sights in the old center are:

  • Parque Calderon (with Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion)
  • Plaza de San Sebastian (with church of San Sebastian)
  • Church of San Francisco
  • Casa de Cultura (with great exhibitions all year round)
  • Museo del Banco Central (possibly the best museum in the country to learn about Ecuadorean culture and history)
  • Plazoleta del Carmen with a nice daily flower market

From the narrow one way streets that make up downtown, to Parque Calderon where families stroll and old men gather daily to read the paper and discuss current events, to the white walled and blue domed churches, to the lush Rio Tomebamba, the capital of Azuay province is simply a beautiful city.And there is plenty to do in Cuenca’s many museums, art galleries, crafts markets, bars, and cafes.Parque Nacional Cajas and the Inca ruins of Ingapirca also make easy day trips or, depending on your preference, multi day treks.

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Borders: 
In the north Azuay borders to Canar, west to Guayas, south to El Oro and Loja and east to Morona Santiago.

Population: 
626.000

Capital: 
Cuenca

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