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Welcome to Cuenca

The capital of the Azuay Province, Cuenca comfortably competes with Quito when it comes to ranking as one of the country’s most magnetic destinations. Take a walk through the city center and see the balconied houses hanging from the edges of cliff faces, rotunda rooftops, cobbled streets, and ornate churches that easily make this Andean colonial city one of South America’s most eye-catching. From its architecture to its cuisine, experience the Ecuadorian buena onda in a city that defines the word laid-back.

  1. Plaza Mayor

  2. El Sagrario Church

  3. New Cathedral of Cuenca

  4. Church of Carmen de la Asunción

  5. Panama Hat Museum

  6. El Barranco

  7. Cajas National Park

Top Attractions in Cuenca

1. Plaza Mayor

Der Plaza Abdon Calderon, wie Cuencas Hauptplatz offiziell heißt, wird von zwei imposanten Kathedralen flankiert. Er vereint das Ambiente eines lauschigen Stadtparks mit der lebendigen Atmosphäre einer geschäftigen Einkaufspassage. Stöbern Sie in den kleinen Läden mit Kunsthandwerk und Souvenirs, probieren Sie in den hervorragenden Restaurants lokale Spezialitäten oder ruhen Sie sich auf einer der vielen von Bäumen beschatteten Bänke aus.

2. El Sagrario Church

Once used in colonial times as the preferred church for Spanish conquerors, today the Church of El Sagrario houses a museum with religious art. As the city’s oldest building (it was constructed in 1557), the Church is a historic experience whose presence is felt the minute you enter its doors.

3. New Cathedral of Cuenca

The Romanesque stylings of this striking six domed cathedral took almost a century to reach completion. Inside, the immaculately designed interiors and stained-glass windows that shed adorning light over this devout pillared space will surely move you.  

4. Church of Carmen de la Asunción

A small church of ritual and tradition, Carmen de la Asunción was founded in 1682. Its white façade and baroque sculptures are aptly contrasted by the colorful backdrop of a flower market. The sequestered nuns here provide bread and wine in return for a donation, and enhance a very personal experience upon visiting through song and worship.   

5. Panama Hat Museum

A small church of ritual and tradition, Carmen de la Asunción was founded in 1682. Its white façade and baroque sculptures are aptly contrasted by the colorful backdrop of a flower market. The sequestered nuns here provide bread and wine in return for a donation, and enhance a very personal experience upon visiting through song and worship.  

6. El Barranco

Take a walk along the embankment of Tomebama River and admire the balconied housing and lush greens of vegetation that adorn this wonderful city. El Barranco is the perfect moment to pause and enjoy a meal in one of several eateries--full of local specialties--that have come to redefine the city’s culinary tradition.

7. Cajas National Park

30 Kilometer westlich von Cuenca erstreckt sich der Cajas-Nationalpark, in dem auf nahezu 29.000 Hektar über 270 Lagunen und Seen zu entdecken sind. Seltene Tierarten wie Ozelot, Brillenbär und Andenkondor sind in der ursprünglichen Tundralandschaft zu Hause. Zahlreiche Dörfer der Kañari, einem Stamm aus der Vor-Inkazeit, befanden sich einst auf dem weitläufigen Areal, das heute von gepflegten Wanderwegen durchzogen ist. Auch eine größtenteils im ursprünglichen Zustand belassene Inkastraße führt durch den Nationalpark. Die schönsten Fotomotive erwarten Sie dann an der Laguna Toreadora.

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