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This Azuay location boasts a population of some 280,000 people.
The national capital, Quito, is situated 190 miles north of Cuenca, while Santa Isabel is 25 miles to the southwest.
Snap photos, admire the exhibits and learn about our fragile environment at the Amaru Zoo. If your time is limited, grab a map so you can quickly find the park's key exhibits.
Spend a morning enjoying the broad assortment of plants at University of Cuenca's Orchid Garden. The Ecuagenera Orchids and the Cuenca Botanical Garden are also worth a visit.
On a fine day, pick up some lunch and head out to one of the picturesque urban parks, such as Carachulla or Lineal Park. There's also plenty of room for a game or two on the grass at Calderon Park and Santa Isabel Central Park.
Skim some stones, discover the local birdlife and have a bite to eat at Rio Tomebamba.
Do you love nature? El Cajas National Park is just waiting for you.
The area's exhibition spaces are brimming with tales of human endeavor and achievement. Meander through the hallways as you check out the different displays at Museum of Extreme Art and the Inter-American Center of Popular Arts. Also worth considering are the Museum of the Aboriginal Cultures and Manuel Agustin Landivar Museum.
Browse the various specimens on show as you make your way through the overflowing collections of the Pumapungo Archaeological Park.
Art enthusiasts will enjoy the wide range of gallery spaces. Soak up the inspiring atmosphere at the Casa de los Arcos Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Galeria FVega.
Puente Roto is a striking structure that has been a vital crossing point for local residents over the years.
The area's spiritual side is evidenced at New Cathedral of Cuenca and Gualaceo Church. If you'd be interested to see a couple more religious sites, head to Convent of the Assumption and San Cenaculo Church.
This area is known as a good shopping destination, so don't miss out on a retail fix while you are here. Find a great deal, splash out on a little luxury or just enjoy the atmosphere at Gualaceo Market and Plaza Rotary Market. San Francisco Plaza Market and San Sebastian Plaza are also worth stopping by.
Accommodation in Cuenca
A nice place to stay contributes to memorable vacations. Be sure to check out a selection of the most popular hotels in Cuenca through Expedia's Cuenca lodging guide.
Hotel Oro Verde Cuenca at Av. Ordoñez Lasso, and the Hostería Caballo Campana, at Sector Huizhil via Misicata – Baños are two excellent examples of the more exclusive accommodations in Cuenca. More budget-friendly accommodations worth looking at are the Hotel La Casona, at Miguel Cordero 2124 y Alfonso Cordero, and the Hotel Casa San Rafael, at Bolívar 5-05 y Mariano Cueva.
Situated in Cuenca, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Civic Plaza, San Blas Park, and Plaza Rotary Market. Río Tomebamba & Calle Larga and Esqueletologia Museum are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of Cuenca, this hotel is steps away from Esqueletologia Museum and Río Tomebamba & Calle Larga. San Blas Park and Plaza Rotary Market are also within 5 minutes.
Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is close to Mirador de Turi, Museum of Metals and Cuenca Botanical Garden. Also nearby are Galeria FVega and Cuenca Municipal Planetarium.
Located in the heart of Cuenca, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Inter-American Center of Popular Arts and Cuenca Municipal Planetarium. Museum of the Aboriginal Cultures and Puente Roto are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Cuenca, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cuenca Municipal Planetarium, Inter-American Center of Popular Arts, and Sombrero Museum. Museum of the Aboriginal Cultures and Museum of Metals are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is steps away from Esqueletologia Museum and Plaza Rotary Market. Calderon Park and Civic Plaza are also within 5 minutes.
Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of San Blas Park and Río Tomebamba & Calle Larga. Plaza Rotary Market and Esqueletologia Museum are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Cuenca, this bed & breakfast is steps away from Plaza Rotary Market, Río Tomebamba & Calle Larga and Esqueletologia Museum.