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Things We Love About…Cuenca, Ecuador

Things We Love About…Cuenca, Ecuador

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As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Cuenca has well-preserved colonial architecture, and the sheer scope and detail of the buildings, particularly the churches, are incredible.

Here are some of our favorite things about Cuenca, Ecuador. We found there is plenty to love about this amazing place!

Cuenca Ecuador’s Stunning Architecture

Cuenca Ecuador Church

Cuenca Ecuador Church

 

San Blas Church Cuenca Ecuador

San Blas Church Cuenca Ecuador

San Blas Church Cuenca Ecuador

Cuenca Ecuador Jogging Paths

Four rivers run through Cuenca: the Tomebamba, Yanuncay, Tarqui, and Machangara.

There are numerous parks throughout the City and whole sections of the rivers have been preserved with walking or jogging paths, often with green space, along the rivers that flow through Cuenca.

We found that a great way to find new sites is to strap on our sneakers and go out on a run.

Cuenca Ecuador Jogging Paths

Cuenca Ecuador Jogging Paths

 

Stream Running Through Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca Ecuador at Night

Streets that are well-lighted and feel safe at night.  We love to walk and this city provides a haven for wandering and taking in the scenery night and day.

Cuenca Ecuador at Night

Cuenca Ecuador’s Markets

Local markets overflow with fresh produce, meat, and seafood, as well as every sort of other inexpensive and quality products. But don’t let the locals in colorful unassuming outfits fool you —   negotiate or be prepared to overpay.

Markets of Cuenca Ecuador

Cuenca Ecuador Restaurants

We have found some great local restaurants and have wandered by other restaurants featuring Mediterranean, Italian, American, Swiss, and even a Caribbean place we plan to check out.

Cuenca Ecuador Restaurants

Admittedly, it’s a little weird that the first time we’ve had Swiss raclette was in South America, but we will be back.

Cleanliness in Cuenca Ecuador

There is an enormous amount of local pride in the city — everywhere you look someone is picking up trash and sweeping the streets.

Cuenca Ecuador Cleanliness

Street Art in Cuenca Ecuador

Cuenca Street Art

Finished Similar Piece – Cuenca Street Art

It’s everywhere you look, and the artwork speaks for itself. See more in our Street Art Photo Tour post.

Bakeries and Ice Cream

There is a Panaderia (bakery) full of bread and pastries on almost every corner, with incredible cakes, tarts, eclairs, and more.  The smell of freshly baked bread in the air as you walk by can be maddening.

Cuenca Ecuador Bakery

Cuenca Ecuador Bakery

The People of Ecuador

We feel very welcome here and are looking forward to meeting more of the people who live here and about this amazing place.

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Saana / Always Abroad

Wednesday 13th of May 2015

Great photos - Ecuador looks amazing! Wish I'll have the chance to visit one day :)

RaW | Ramble and Wander

Monday 11th of May 2015

I'd most definitely fall in love with any city that has well preserved colonial architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site status to boot. Based on these photos, I know I would with Cuenca too!

Travelwith2ofus

Saturday 9th of May 2015

Really amazing photos. The place looks peaceful and I love the architecture.

Brenda

Saturday 9th of May 2015

This is a great list of unexpected things to discover in Cuenca. It's great that it's a walkable city. Being New Yorkers, we love walking around to explore. I also appreciate that it's clean, has great food and the running paths.

Gemma Two Scots Abroad

Saturday 9th of May 2015

I love a place with running routes and those views are a delight! We recently cooked our own food on 'rocks' too, I enjoy playing with my food!