Things to do in Cuenca

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Things to Do in Cuenca

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  • MNO
    United States82 contributions
    Visited both the northern and southern sections. The northern section is very high up so some may struggle with the air thinness. Both sections are beautiful and there are some good hikes. Not too much wildlife but there are some llamas, birds, and some cool flora. Definitely worth a visit, especially if driving from Guayaquil to Cuenca.
    Written 23 June 2022
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  • Richard M
    Phoenix, AZ406 contributions
    The domes are lit in blue light until midnight and are beautiful to see. For a small fee you can take the forever winding stairs to roof and be next to the domes.
    Written 18 April 2022
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  • Lejames1965
    Ballenita, Ecuador58 contributions
    Beautiful view point over the city of Cuenca with plenty of restaurants and bars readily accessible to make your visit more enjoyable. Accessible by transit buses (2 buses at .70¢ pp or taxis 3$).
    Written 27 May 2022
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  • Richard M
    Phoenix, AZ406 contributions
    Amaru Bioparque Cuenca is unique. It does things other rescue centers do,but in a different manner. This non-profit rescues animals from situations such as illegal trafficking and circuses and the rescued animals to live out happy lives on the side of the mountains with lots of room to roam.

    The wildlife park has species native to Ecuador, from the high Andes to the Amazon, and non-South American animals such as African lions.

    What’s unique is the layout: the mountainside. The hiking circuit is 4 km of a twisting, climbing, descending one-way trail that varies from three feet wide to one foot. The surface is everything from mud to cobblestone to just plain dirt. Once you start, there is no turning back, no shortcut exit. You are in for the ride.

    Now, four clicks may not seem long on a city street, but it took us three hours to make the trek that only mountain goats would fully enjoy. No need for the gym when you are done. We have been to some nice un-zoo zoos, but this one is the most unique.
    Written 12 April 2022
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  • Richard M
    Phoenix, AZ406 contributions
    The museum has historical memorabilia and the expected collections of costumes, beliefs, and rituals. Of particular interest to me was the French Influence in Ecuador, dating back hundreds of years. It will take about an hour to tour the three floors.

    Next to the Pumapungo Museum, you can walk on the remains of an ancient ruin site known as Parque Arqueologico del Pumapungo. Archeologists believe the ruins to be a part of the ancient city of Tomebamba that the Cañari people first inhabited before the Incas overran them.
    Written 12 April 2022
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  • Richard M
    Phoenix, AZ406 contributions
    I learned, as usual, things I did not know. For example, the degree to which the French were involved in Ecuador starting in the 1700s. There is an entire room dedicated to one French scientist.
    Written 30 April 2022
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  • Adventure beyond imagination
    Munich, Germany14,605 contributions
    Wonderful place to admire different orchids from Ecuador. Unfortunately the choice and tour to visit the farm is limited due to pandemic. It would be great to have some in vitro for home in Europe.
    Written 30 January 2022
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  • Richard M
    Phoenix, AZ406 contributions
    If you travel around the city at all, you will cross this narrow but fast-flowing river. It is worth the time to walk on a bridge, gaze at the flow, take a picture and then go where you are going.
    Written 12 April 2022
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  • Rebecca D
    Cuenca, Ecuador368 contributions
    Took a group of ladies here last week and everyone enjoyed seeing the beautiful artwork and most took a sampling home to enjoy.
    Written 20 February 2020
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  • Jenny_from_PA
    Gettysburg, PA171 contributions
    This museum is jam packed with well preserved artifacts from pre Columbian cultures in Ecuador. It could use more contextualizarían, but space doesn’t allow for it.
    Written 5 March 2022
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  • michael c
    Stockholm, Sweden1,069 contributions
    the city of Cuenca is littered with churches, this is one of many, but certainly worth a visit then here.
    Written 15 October 2020
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  • Richard M
    Phoenix, AZ406 contributions
    This plaza is the central place of the old city, where you find the Cathedral that has blue-lit domes at night, and you can walk up to the roof for a fee. From here you can walk and see all the fun stuff.
    Written 18 April 2022
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  • Wanderer27723
    Halifax Nova Scotia5 contributions
    This museum is well worth the visit. It provides a perspective of Cuenca at a stage in its history. The staff are very helpful
    Written 15 March 2020
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  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,142 contributions
    This is a fine park at the confluence of two rivers (Yanuncay and Tomebamba). Once a site of strategic importance which is why the native population built a settlement here called Pumapungo.

    Nowadays it is a quiet place where people go to relax or do sports. Very pleasant and peaceful ambiance even during the weekend when locals rent a paddle boat at the pond in the center of the park. I particularly liked the trail along the river banks which is a bit wild. Hard to imagine this place was once the scene of a devastating flood in 1950.
    Written 11 February 2020
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  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, CA2,535 contributions
    It doesn’t look like much behind the solid white wall of stucco, but once inside, it surprised us with an interesting display of how life was for nuns. A self-guided tour through two floors was eye opening for those women who dedicated their lives to Christ. We especially liked the elaborate nativity scenes. The place needs funds to maintain the upkeep, so do add this to your list of places to visit. It is worth t.
    Written 27 January 2020
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