"Cuenca: A Choice Destination" Top 5 Page for this destination Cuenca by richiecdisc

Cuenca Travel Guide: 270 reviews and 825 photos

It’s always fun when a country has rival cities. It makes for great debate concerning their relative merits. Such is the case with Cuenca which while somewhat in capital Quito’s shadow manages to have its proponents of being Ecuador’s most beautiful city. Quito may be grander and certainly looms on a larger scale but Cuenca has an artsy charm impossible to miss even on a cursory visit. Though only the country’s third largest city and remote with regard to transit compared to the capital and Guayaquil, it very much has an international flair and a strong Spanish heritage which pervades the easy going bustle that makes it feel somehow more European than either. Perhaps this obvious self confidant air comes from its Incan past when its closer proximity to Cusco and reported spectacular architecture made it the second city of the near mythic empire. Sadly, little remains of this splendid past what was built upon its ruins will disappoint few who love Spanish colonialism. If you like walking down cobblestone streets, admiring quaint balconies and impressive churches, have a penchant for both local and international cuisine or just want to lounge around in a café, Cuenca should not be missed. It has the rare quality of retaining an old world feel while offering all modern conveniences. You choose which is for you but by all means, Cuenca is a choice you’ll want to make.

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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2011 at 4:47 AM

    Cuenca seems to be lovely and I will defenitely spend a few days there when I go to Ecuador. How I long for those South American fresh fruit salads and fruit juices!

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2009 at 4:15 AM

    Looks like I've been missing out on a huge chunk of VT & your pages! Hmmm, must have been gone quite a bit ;-) Btw, the readers r in the bookstore, I think, if not, then on Amazon!

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Excellent page. I just wonder where do you have the space to stuff all that delicious food? ;-)

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Wow, Cuenca looks very lovely!! Theplaza and these marvellous wooden balconies :-) And this one house you have for the pack list! Haha, I must come one day, just for the yoghurt drink :-)) And the empanadas :-))

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    A very enjoyable page Richie! Thanks for making it seem like I was there too, walking around with the two of you. Your Restaurant tips had my mouth watering! Good work with that hitch-hike ride into town too - something I've not done for a few decades!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2008 at 6:26 AM

    Yet another great Ecuador page to whet my appetite, tho' it's not clear yet whether we'll make it this far :( The guesthouse, bars & restaurants all look lovely, and I enjoyed the subtle "America" allusion :)

  • DoreenDe's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Great, now I am in the mood for Colombian food, fruit shakes & yogurt!!!

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