by the Spaniards in 1557, Cuenca is the third largest city of
Ecuador and it is a culture and artisan center. In the year 2000 the
city was inscribed by UNESCO on the list of World Heritage.
The city is located high up in the Andes surrounded by impressive
mountain peeks and filled with culture and native Indian customs. The climate in Cuenca was said by the famous explorer
Von Humboldt as "the best in the world". The city, due to it's
elevation, is neither hot nor cold, it is literally perpetual Spring
time all year.
The historical center of Cuenca preserves
monuments and buildings dating from the Cañari and Inca times
(XIV-XVI centuries), the colonial era (1557-1820) and the Republic
period. The city is home to the
original "panama hats" and has much to offer for both the adventure
and more leisurely traveler.
There are several ways we can get to
We can go by car / bus over the north-south Pan-American highway, by
train or by air in any of the several daily flights coming from
Guayaquil and Quito. You can also drive from
the Pacific coast of Ecuador to Cuenca
which is an experience you will not forget.
Enjoy the colonial buildings and many
monuments in and around the city and you will find a stay in this
Andes town very rewarding.