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Trip Planner South America  /  Ecuador  /  Azuay Province  /  Cuenca

Cuenca

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Churches · National Parks · Specialty Museums
Athens of Ecuador
Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation. Known colloquially as the "Athens of Ecuador," Cuenca certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to its wealth of old-world charm. Though home to pre-Columbian indigenous cultures for close to 3,000 years, the Cuenca seen by visitors has its roots in the 16th century, when the conquering Spanish began to remake the city in their European image. The skyline here consists of a gorgeous array of spires, domes, and steeples of the many cathedrals and churches, while cobbled streets wind lazily through the old town core. You'll also notice while sightseeing in Cuenca that the city in the 21st century--thanks to its safety, quality of life, and historical delights--has drawn increasing numbers of foreign retirees and expats from outside of South America. Plan your trip to Cuenca and other Ecuador destinations using our handy Ecuador attractions planner.
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