Cuenca

  • 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 ...
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  • Just like Quito, Cuenca was significantly influenced by the colonial period and still maintains the typical architecture of this period.
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  • Cuenca's historical centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • Every year, Cuenca attracts more and more tourists notably thanks to its 16th century style buildings.
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  • Many cultural events are held in Cuenca, which also has many interesting museums.
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  • You will find many churches and religious buildings in Cuenca's historical centre.
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  • The Posada del Angel Hotel is an old restored colonial home located in Cuenca's historical centre.
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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.

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