Do you have in mind a list of the different Ecuador destinations and dont know which one to go? Are you ready to experience a new adventure in an exotic place? Do you want to get out of the routine and travel around Ecuador? In this case we will talk about the places you can go in Cuenca.
Cuenca is a city of Ecuador declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999 due to its beautiful historic buildings, and its one of the most touristic places in the country.
Here we show you 5 options that will make you want to visit Cuenca, a city full of art, architecture, nature and history.
The Turi viewpoint
Turi comes from the indigenous word "kuri" which means gold. It is 4km from Cuenca. This viewpoint is located in the center to the southwest, and you must take a taxi on Avenida Solano. This viewpoint, in addition to offering a spectacular view, also has a church with its square bearing the same name and the image of El Señor de Belén.
Here you can see the streets and the whole panorama of the city. The view of this viewpoint is better at its parties, from November 3, where the churches are lit from 6:00 pm with its bell towers.
Tourists prefer to visit the viewpoint between 5:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. because at this time we find many movements in commercial stores, restaurants and night bars. The tranquility and satisfaction that comes from visiting this place is incomparable.
Cajas National Park
Its located 33 km from the city. In this park there are more than 232 lagoons, among them Lagartococha, Quinoascocha, La Toreadora and Sunincocha. Its a good place to do ecotourism because we are surrounded 100% of nature.
In this park you can perform different activities, from horseback riding, hiking, camping, hiking and fishing. We also find a variety of flora and fauna, including species such as white-tailed deer, spectacled bears, cougars, páramo rabbits, condors, hummingbirds and Andean toucans.
You can visit it throughout the year, but its recommended between October and January because this is the least rainy season. This park allows for long walks, everything is a display of Andean nature, the panorama is wonderful, dont miss it!
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
The new cathedral is located in the center of Calderón Park and here you can visit and enjoy the relics. The churches of Cuenca are one of the most outstanding attractions of Ecuador.
Construction began in 1885, the cathedral was supposed to be taller than its, but there was a design error. In these churches you can see great gems of the architecture of the country.
You can visit every day from 08:00 to 13:00, and from 2:00 to 4:00. The tour lasts about an hour and allows visiting the towers of the Cathedral where you can see the city. This cathedral is the largest religious symbol of the city.
The bathing parish is located 8 km, southwest of Cuenca. Here we find swimming pools, saunas and Turkish baths with thermal waters that have medicinal properties.
These thermal springs have many healing properties: relaxation of the muscles, better blood circulation, rehabilitation and skin diseases such as acne or burns, rheumatism, respiratory tract conditions, anemia, stress, etc.
Ecuador Travel and visit the hot springs to spend a weekend away from the stress of the city and relax in a natural environment. You can also take ecological walks, camps in the surroundings, and practice some sport on the courts.
Inter-American Center of Popular Arts
Its one block from the Remigio Crespo Toral Museum. Here there are exhibitions of typical indigenous costumes and Ecuadorian products, such as toquilla straw hats, wicker articles among others. These handicrafts are sold to the tourist to be taken as a souvenir.
The museum currently has more than 3,000 pieces of handicrafts from some countries and these exhibits are exhibited in two permanent exhibition halls, and a temporary exhibition hall.
The objective is to improve and enhance the activity of artisans, in their processes of creation, production and marketing.
With these 5 options, it's time to visit Cuenca, a city that has colonial churches, historical monuments, museums, archaeological sites and many romantic colonial streets.