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Cuenca Travel Guide


Charming and culturally rich Cuenca is a warren of cobblestone streets and grand colonial architecture. The famous skyline is studded with tall church steeples and the recognisable red tiled roofs. There are 52 historic churches in the city but the New Cathedral is perhaps the most impressive with its huge blue and white domes. As the birth place of the iconic Panama hat there is a strong tradition of craftsmanship in the city with many different markets selling authentic hand made goods. With its winding rivers, peaceful plazas, excellent museums and quality bars and restaurants, Cuenca is an essential stop on any Ecuador itinerary.

With winding rivers, quiet cobbled streets and tranquil plazas filled with daily flower markets, Cuenca is Ecuador's most romantic city

Best months to visit Cuenca

Cuenca can be visited at any time of year as the weather varies very little. October until May is meant to be the wetter half of the year, but it can and will rain at any time of year.

Our hand-picked hotels in Cuenca

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a couple of our top picks for Cuenca.

Best reasons to visit Cuenca

With its many art galleries, museums, markets and quiet streets, Cuenca is best explored on foot. Outside of the city there are also some excellent sites. Here are our highlights for Cuenca and the surrounding area.

52 historic churches and the impressive Old and New Cathedrals

Visit the Museum of Aboriginal Cultures and others

Panoramic views of the city from the Turi Mirador

Visit the villages of Gualaceo and Chordeleg for local culture & crafts

Stunning scenery at El Cajas National Park on the way to Guayaquil

Weather Averages for Cuenca

Other destinations in Ecuador

Journey through the Avenue of Volcanoes on board the Tren Crucero, explore the Amazon Rainforest, or take a luxury cruise in the Galapagos. Click the links below to continue browsing our destinations in Ecuador.

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