All trips in Ecuador should include a trip to Cuenca. A visit to this wonderful southern city will add a true touch of culture to your holiday in Ecuador.

Considered the most beautiful city in the country, Cuenca likes to call itself the Athens of Ecuador. But its narrow, cobbled streets, houses with wrought iron balconies, flower-filled patios and many fine old churches are more reminiscent of ancient hill towns like Ronda and Cordoba of Andalucia in southern Spain. ‘Of all the earth, as far as I know it,’ wrote the early twentieth century traveller Harry A. Franck, ‘Cuenca has the most perfect climate.’ Most visitors wholeheartedly concur.

Cuenca is also the biggest production centre of the misnamed Panama hat. If you enjoy exploring back street markets, delving into old churches, museums and craft shops, sitting around in patio cafes and watching the world go by, then Cuenca is for you.


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Hacienda Caballo Campana Cuenca

Hotel Hacienda Caballo Campana consists of 24 hectares extensive gardens, pasture land and forest on the edge of the river Yanuncay in the city of Cuenca in the south of Ec... Details & photos >>

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Café Cultura Quito

Quito hotel, Boutique Hotel Café Cultura is a delightful mix of English tradition and contemporary trend, considered an inner city retreat, with an out-going personality and inspirational food. Some sixty years ago, the ...

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Galapagos Eastern Islands Experience and photography tour

Special 10 day package consisting of an 5 day cruise around the Eastern Galapagos Islands on board a selected yacht including Española and Floreana Islands, along with airport transfers and hotel accommodations on...

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