5 Great things to do in Cuenca
New Basilica of Cuenca with flowers in the front

5 Great things to do in Cuenca

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5 Great things to do in Cuenca

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5 Great things to do in Cuenca
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In a last-minute decision to make use of some days off,  I took public transportation all the way down to Quitumbe bus station (in the south of Quito). From here I had an 8-hour bus rip to  “Santa Ana de los Cuatro Rios de Cuenca” or more casually know as Cuenca. This town called the “city of the four rivers”, is the third biggest city in Ecuador and a important touristic attraction. Let me share with you some of the attractions that I experienced along the way and talk to you about the 5 great things to do in Cuenca.

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The best way to get to know a city for real is to walk their streets with locals who live their daily life here. So, I headed off in the morning to the beautiful San Luis courtyard. There, a group of tourists waited impatiently to discover the historic center. Sebas, the tour guide, showed us the main square, the new Basilica, and the market. Fifth of 5 Great things to do in Cuenca.
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The new cathedral has become the icon of the city, with three beautiful blue domes drawing the skyline of the city. If you visit the cathedra, then it is recommended to climb the tower to the top of the basilica. This is one of the 5 Great things to do in Cuenca
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From the bus Terminal in Cuenca, I took a bus to the national park for $2. Already after 45 minutes you get a stunning view of the beautiful Toreadora Lake.  Once there, I took a hike around the lake for about an hour. The park is massive and it is easy to get lost so be sure to stay inside of the lane. The natural beauty of the protected area, makes me wonder if being a mountain nomad wouldn´t be the best way of life. Second of 5 Great things to do in Cuenca.
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On a weekday there is not too much to do in Cuenca. So I packed my swimming suit and headed 25 minutes to the west of the center of Cuenca, to an area called Baños (Nope it´s not baños de Agua Santa from Tunguraguas). Its a place known because of his hot spring volcanic waters, surroundig the area.

I visited the most recommended one: “Piedra de Agua”.  the name comes from the imposing reddish volcanic stone, exposed in the spring water. A large amount of iron gives the red colour to the stone. I was lucky to get a discount, which made me treat myself to a circuit of mud pools and steam water. Third of 5 Great things to do in Cuenca
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Right in the middle of the city of Cuenca, we find the Pumapungo Museum. In my opinion, one of the most impressive museums of our country. It tends to be hard to make the subject of the museum appeal and interesting to everyone. The museum has 3 different levels. 

It starts with showing the history of Cuenca in a traditional way. Thereafter, you get to see the ruins and let you imagine how it would have been. Lastly, performance of royal household elements makes you dream how it was like in days gone by. You can also wander through the medicinal garden, to the orchard, to the lakeside designed by the emperor and finally to a small zoo showing some of the sacred animals. If you visit Cuenca, it’s a must stop over, and it is for free! Fourth of 5 Great things to do in Cuenca.
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Of all of the cities in Ecuador, Cuenca is arguably the most charming with its cobblestone streets, old-world cathedrals, colonial parks and urban rivers.

In recent years, Cuenca has become a hot spot for expatriates and retirees settling down to live. Safety, low cost of living and pleasant, although slightly cool climate attracts expats to settle down in this small Andean city.

The famously traditional Cuencanos continue a proud intellectual tradition that has produced more notable writers, poets, artists, and philosophers than anywhere else in Ecuador. Cuencan culture and history are thoroughly represented in the city’s many museums. Those seeking culture in Cuenca by day can choose from a variety of churches and colonial plazas.

By night, bars and restaurants are plentiful with excellent traditional and international food and bargain priced. Nightlife in Cuenca ranges from bohemian to upscale, but the music tends to be lowered down rather early, mirroring the city’s conservative traditional culture. 5 great things to do in Cuenca

Cuenca is the capital of the Azuay province, the third largest city in Ecuador, and the economic center of the southern Sierra. These distinctions, along with the city’s incredibly we preserved history, have earned Cuenca the honor of being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site.

Source: http://www.ecuadorexplorer.com/html/cuenca.html
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Dirk Quito

This is the fift project from my partner and me. This time, we restaured a colonial mansion and transformed it into 7 luxury apartments with respect for the authentic elements and the soul of the place. The little details and our team's excellent service will make from your stay an unforgettable experience. We provide European style service with Ecuadorian quality. A place to live this hospitality against a backdrop of a fine mix of vintage, Ecuadorian architecture, contempory interior design, antiques and fine furnishings. The suites are spacious with high ceilings and large windows. The rooms are very quite with double glazed windows​ to the street. All apartments are decorated and painted in vintage style, have antique and retro furniture but come with modern comfort like quick and solid wifi, usb plug in’s and induction cookers.

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