Cuenca City Guide
Cuenca Location: South Central Ecuador (In the Andes)
Cuenca is considered by many to be the most charming city in Ecuador! UNESCO declared Cuenca to be a World Heritage Site in 1999. Upon arrival, the reason will be clear. The city offers a dazzling array of Spanish colonial architecture. A walk through the heart of the city is a delight. You will find lovingly restored marble and whitewashed colonial buildings, towering churches and cathedrals, all while walking down narrow and winding cobblestone streets. Cuenca truly has an old world feel to it.
Cuenca was formerly an important city in the Inca Empire, second only to Cuzco, Peru. The city was conquered by the Spanish in 1533 and shortly afterwords became an important Spanish colonial center. Today the city is the capital of the Azuay Province and is the third largest city in Ecuador.
Cuenca is the perfect destination for travelers who want to get away from the big city hustle and bustle of Quito. Daily life in Cuenca is much more tranquil than Quito, and in general one finds the inhabitants of Cuenca to be more conservative than those in Quito.
The city is home to an impressive array of museums and art galleries, and is considered the most important center of art within the country. If you want to purchase traditional items such as ceramics, paintings, clothing and jewelry, Cuenca should be high on your list of places to visit in Ecuador.
Cuenca is also a jumping off point to many interesting site of interest. Nearby one can visit the Inca ruins at Ingapirca, explore small Andean villages, hike mountains, discover streams and lakes or get into the rainforest.
Whatever reason you may have for coming to Cuenca to learn Spanish you will not be disappointed!
Things To See And Do In The Area
- Explore the colonial heritage the city has to offer
- Purchase local arts and crafts
- Visit nearby towns and cities
- Great food and nightlife.
- Enjoy the year round great weather
- Visit some interesting local museums
- And much…much…more!
We are confident that learning Spanish at the Cuenca Spanish School will be a wonderful experience!
Getting To Cuenca
- Fly into Guayaquil or Quito and then catch a plane to Cuenca
- Take a bus from Guayaquil or Quito to Cuenca.
If you have questions about how to arrive into Cuenca, Ecuador please do not hesitate to contact us.