Azogues is the capital of the Canar province. Eventhough tourists hardly make it out to this small city, it has a lot to offer for everybody.
The city has one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the country. You can see it if you pass the town on the Panamericana. The Santuario Franciscano is a relatively new cathedral, which is being used for the celebration of the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Nube, protector of the city.
Close to Azogues you can visit the arqaeological site of Cojitambo. It is a larger complex than the famous Ingapirca.
For those interested in handicrafts, Alfareria is known for its beautiful pottery and is a community where you can experience rural Ecuador at its finest.
Other activities that can be arranged in Azogues:
- Horseback riding in the rural area
- Hiking throuh Bosque protector Pichahuaycu and Dudas-Mazar
- Handicraft baskets in Cesteria
- Carving in Picapedreros de Rumiurco
Places to stay in Azogues +
Places to stay in Azogues
Mid-range Hotels: Yes
High-range Hotels: Yes
Places to eat in Azogues
Azogues is a large city and has dozens of restaurants. There are many different restaurants in Montanita, most of themcatering to llocals. You will be able to find restaurants in Azogues serving food in all price ranges.
Practical information about Azogues +
Getting to and around in Azogues +
How to get to Azogues
Azogues is very easy to get to. The city is located just off the Panamericana. All busses going north from Cuenca (i.e. to Quito and Riobamba) can drop you off at the entrance. If you are coming in from Cuenca, you can also catch a direct bus to Azogues, which will take you into the small busterminal. Regional busses all leave from the busterminal.
Map of Azogues