Sitting in the highlands of Ecuador is charming Cuenca, with its wonderful spring like weather.
- Beautiful UNESCO Centro historico.
- Birthplace of the Panama Hat
- Vibrant markets
Wander along its cobblestoned streets in the historic centre, admiring its beautiful townhouses and intricate flower-strewn balconies. Enjoy a coffee in one of the many cafes in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its beautiful square full of stalls selling flowers.
Begin your holiday to Cuenca. We can create the perfect itinerary to Ecuador for you!
TOP PLACES TO SEE IN AND NEAR CUENCA
Surprisingly, given the name, the Panama hat was actually created near Cuenca. You can see artisans still crafting them today in the city and take a tour of a hat making factory. A panama hat fits nicely into a suitcase, a perfect souvenir to take home! Stop at Plaza San Francisco, home of a vibrant market. See all the colours of the beautiful 'cholas' for sale! These embroided skirts are worn by the local indigenous community.
Walk to the highly photogenic New Cathedral with its striking blue and white domes. Walk inside and pay a small fee to climb to the top, for great views over Cuenca. Spend the afternoon enjoying Ecuadorian art in Cuena's Museum of Modern Art.
Enjoy a day trip to El Cajas National Park
18km from Cuenca discover this magnificient mountain reserve of cloud forest, quinoa forest and lakes.Brilliant for a day walk, and for spotting wildlife. With the help of your guide see wild llamas roaming, Andean gulls soaring and hopefully spot black frogs.
Begin your Ecuador Holiday today!
Group Tour Of Ecuador & The Galapagos
- International flights
- Domestic flights
- 13 nights of accommodation & breakfast
- Coach travel and an experienced tour guide
(Galapagos National park entrance fee of $100 USD pp)
15-16 hours from the UK (indirect)
When To Go
You can visit Ecuador anytime of the year.
The best time to visit Cuenca (and the Andes) is during the dry season; June to September.