Things to do in Cuenca, Ecuador

Things to do in Cuenca, Ecuador

The colonial city of Cuenca, Ecuador usually makes it onto the itineraries of most people visiting Ecuador. Given the enchanting beauty of this Andean city, it’s tough to see how this top Ecuadorian destination wouldn’t make it onto most people’s lists of must-see places. So, we know that place is scenic, but what else can you do in Cuenca? The following are a few ideas:

  • Explore the old, storied streets: The best way to experience Cuenca is by walking through its old, colonial streets. You will be walking on the same roads that were used by the Spanish colonists and local Incan peoples who built this place, and won’t help but be impressed by beautiful antique woodwork, doors, and other architecture. At the same time, you can check out a variety of local shops and restaurants.

    Beautiful Cuenca.

  • Try local Andean cuisine: After picking out a restaurant or two or three, come back to sample some of Ecuador’s delicious high elevation cuisine. This includes a variety of tasty potato based dishes such as llapingachos and papas con cuero, and other Ecuadorian fare. The adventurous might even want to try cuy (roasted cavy)!

    A restaurant in Cuenca.

  • Visit Cajas National Park: Just 30 kilometers west of Cuenca, this high elevation national park has stunning scenery, dozens of clear cold lakes, and a chance at seeing an Andean Condor.

    A close look at an Andean Condor.

Don’t forget to include Cuenca on your Ecuador itinerary!

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