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Things to Do in Cuenca - The Athens of Ecuador

Sonali Pimpale Sep 20, 2019
Nestled in the lap of the sprawling Andes mountains, and blessed by the waters of four gurgling rivers and centuries old Spanish colonial architectures, the city center of Cuenca has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO!

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Work on your leg muscles at the other-worldly wild plains of the Cajas National Park!
Explore ancient ruins of the Inca civilization that have left an indelible mark on the city at the Pumapungo Archaeological Park.
Marvel at the splendorous interiors of the New Cathedral of Cuenca. An amalgamation of various architectural styles and with a seating capacity of 9,000 worshippers, the blue-domed cathedral is said to be one of the largest in Latin America.
Still think the birthplace of Panama hats is Panama? Don’t let its name fool you, the roots of this fashionable attire lie in Ecuador. Learn all about the legacy of these hats at the Panama Hat Museum!
If you dare, make your way up the 400+ steps to Mirador de Turi, the best vantage point for unobstructed views of the capital of Azuay Province.
Take a leisurely walk, enjoy an invigorating bicycle ride, or indulge in a picnic along the banks of the tranquil Tomebamba River.
Admire religious artifacts at the Religious Art Museum, located in the city’s 15th century Old Cathedral.
Burrow through Ecuador’s rich history at the Pumapungo Museum, the largest museum in Cuenca.
Give a treat to your olfactory senses at the wonderful Flower Market! Overflowing with gorgeous blooms, the market is one of the top 10 flower markets in the world!
Soak in the local culture at the Calderon Park. Replete with shady trees, beautiful fountains, a charming gazebo and a plenty of benches, the park is the perfect place to kick back and people-watch.