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Trip Planner South America  /  Ecuador  /  Azuay Province  /  Cuenca

Cuenca

4.4
National Parks · Churches · Specialty Museums
Athens of Ecuador
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation. Known colloquially as the "Athens of Ecuador," Cuenca certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to its wealth of old-world charm. Though home to pre-Columbian indigenous cultures for close to 3,000 years, the Cuenca seen by visitors has its roots in the 16th century, when the conquering Spanish began to remake the city in their European image. The skyline here consists of a gorgeous array of spires, domes, and steeples of the many cathedrals and churches, while cobbled streets wind lazily through the old town core. You'll also notice while sightseeing in Cuenca that the city in the 21st century--thanks to its safety, quality of life, and historical delights--has drawn increasing numbers of foreign retirees and expats from outside of South America. Plan your trip to Cuenca and other Ecuador destinations using our handy Ecuador attractions planner.
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Popular things to do in Cuenca

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National Park
El Cajas National Park
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
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Church
Mirador de Turi
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Architectural Building
Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
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Water Body
Rio Tomebamba
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Museums in Cuenca

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History Museum
Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Art Gallery
Homero Ortega
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
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Specialty Museum
Pumapungo Museo
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Cuenca

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Specialty Museum
El Museo de Las Conceptas
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Zoo
AMARU Bioparque Cuenca Zoologico
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Park
Parque El Paraiso
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Architectural Building
Corte Provincial de Justicia de Azuay
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Cuenca

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Historic Site
Museo Catedral Vieja
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
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Church
El Carmen de la Asuncion Church
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Church
Iglesia de Santo Domingo
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Church
Iglesia de Todos Santos
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Cuenca

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Ruin
Ingapirca Ruins Ingapirca
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Scenic Walking Area
Mirador Virgen de la Nube Azogues
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
Waterfall
El Chorro Waterfall Giron
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Religious Site
Santuario de la Virgen del Rocio Canar
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min

Shopping in Cuenca

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Kdorfzaun Panama Hat Factory
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Gift & Specialty Shop
La Casa de la Makana
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Mercado 10 De Agosto
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
MAKI FairTrade
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Places to visit with Cuenca