Cuenca, the third largest city of Ecuador, is located in the southern Andes. Four rivers feed the capital of the Azuay province, which is nowned for its old paved streets, overlooked by colonial buildings. You cannot miss the Nueva Cathedral, a 19th century church consisting of pink marble walls topped by blue domes. Inside you will discover a dais with four pillars, sculpted in wood and covered in gold leaf. On the Plazoleta del Carmen you will stumble upon the flower market where you'll encounter local women in panama hats. Walk down to the Tomebamba River in order to see El Barranco and its old colonial houses, seemingly hanging from the hills. The Turi watchtower overlooks the city and the Andes Mountains.