Cuenca is Ecuador’s third largest city and situated in the highlands of Ecuador at 2500 meters. Originally an Incan city, it was conquered by the Spaniards in the 16th century. The colonial architecture from that time is well-preserved and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. Stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets of the old city and marvel at the monumental churches and the colonial houses with their opulently decorated facades and the beautiful metal balconies. Cuenca is known as the cultural center of Ecuador and home to many museums and galleries. It is known for its long handicraft tradition: Visit the colorful local markets for jewelry, ceramics, textiles and the world famous panama hats.


  • Heritage
  • Landscape


  • Inca Heritage
  • Colonial Architecture
  • UNESCO World Heritage site

Places to Stay

Hotel Santa Lucía

Style: Boutique

Hotel Santa Lucía is a beautiful boutique hotel in the charming Old Town of Cuenca. With an unbeatable location, you can step out and be at the Calderon Park, the Old and New Cathedrals, within a two-minute walk.

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Exterior view of Mansion Alcazar Hotel in Cuenca, Ecuador
Mansion Alcazar

Style: Heritage

Conveniently located only three blocks from the beautiful Plaza Abdon Calderon, Mansión Alcazar is an oasis of tranquility in Cuenca‘s vibrant historic city center.

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