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

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.

Best Time To Visit Cuenca

Cuenca can be visited at any time of year as the weather varies very little. Temperatures remain mostly the same year round and the city enjoys a spring like climate. June until September is the driest time of year with the least amount of rain falling over these months.

Weather Averages in Cuenca

Cuenca Weather Averages

Cuenca Highlights

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


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