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.
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.
Streets that are well lighted and feel totally safe at night. We love to walk and this city provides a haven for wandering and taking in the scenery night and day.
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.
Selection of 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.
Admittedly, it’s a little weird that the first time we’ve had Swiss raclette was in South America, but we will be back.
There is clearly an enormous amount of local pride in the city — everywhere you look there is someone picking up trash and sweeping the streets.
It’s everywhere you look, and the artwork speaks for itself. See more in our Street Art Photo Tour post.
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Bakeries and Ice Cream
There is a Panaderia (bakery) full of bread and pasteries on almost every corner, with incredible cakes, tarts, eclairs, and more. The smell of fresh baked bread in the air as you walk by can be maddening.
We feel very welcome here and are looking forward to meeting more of the people that live here and about this amazing place.
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