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Cuenca is a gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage site nestled in the southern Andes of Ecuador. Cuenca is a pretty city of colonial buildings, leafy plazas and terracotta-tinted Catholic churches dating back to the 16th century. 
This quaint and conservative city exports Panama hats by the crate. You will find Cuenca awash with small, dingy and traditional shops full of hundreds of different shapes, styles and sizes of hat.  

What to expect in Cuenca

Cuenca has a very relaxing atmosphere that caters better for the culture vulture rather than the adrenaline junkie. There is a very pleasant climate here, generally with sunny days and cooler evenings throughout the year. It is a calm place to wander around, read your book in the plaza and soak up traditional life in this extremely pretty part of Ecuador.

Our Cuenca Top Tip

Holy Week in Cuenca is a different matter. During the week leading up to Easter Sunday, this usually very quiet and relaxed city comes alive with daily parades and packed churches; this a fun time, but certainly much busier than usual, so booking early is essential. 

Many tourists skip this city as they are darting over to the Galapagos Islands or down to Peru. If you have time and want to get under the skin of Ecuador, there is so much to see and do here, away from the crowds. 


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