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Considered the colonial jewel of the south with a UNESCO-listed old centre full of many historic buildings, Cuenca is quite possibly Ecuador's most handsome city. With narrow cobblestone streets and grand whitewashed buildings topped with red-tile roofs, balconies and interior courtyards, Cuenca shares much of its architectural style with the old town of Quito. So much so that there is an ongoing debate within Ecuador as to which of the two cities is the most beautiful. Perhaps Cuenca's setting above the grassy banks of the Río Tomebamba seals the deal - a walk along the river will reveal local women drying their clothes in the sun, a slice of a simpler way of life that is often hard not to be seduced by.

The sky-blue domes of the 19th century Catedral Nueva is Cuenca's most recognisable and equally impressive landmark. Stood to the west of the central square, the cathedral's facade is immense, looming large with two three-storey towers. Stood opposite, the Catedral Vieja houses late 16th century frescoes and cyan toned murals. Off the main square the daily flower market takes place at Plaza de las Flores where chola women dressed in traditional skirts and checked aprons and sporting long plaited hair and Panama hats sell their colourful and fragrant wares.

Look beyond the colonial grandeur and you'll find a surprisingly modern side to Cuenca, championed by the city's large student population. As well as glorious architecture from a by-gone era you'll also find thoroughly international restaurants, trendy art galleries and cafes and plenty of bars in elaborate settings.

To get you started with planning your holiday to Cuenca, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Ecuador

The Amazon | South America
Ecuador Explorer
13 days FROM $1,899

Discover the highlights of Ecuador with this tour that takes you from the dizzy heights of Quito, through colourful Indian market towns and gorgeous countryside, to the Amazon rainforest and back again.

By the coast in Peru | South America
Quito to Coast
17 Days FROM $2,149

From the capital of Peru, through the searing northern Peruvian desert, into the dense Amazon rainforest. Into the lush green valleys of the Ecuadorian Andes mountains, this great trip has it all for those interested in natural beauty and the history before the Incas and Spaniards!

The Amazon | South America
Journey to the Equator
37 days FROM $6,439

Journey through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery as we explore the highlights of Peru and end in Bolivia’s beautiful capital. Experience the Amazon Jungle and Lake Titicaca, and hike the legendary Inca Trail. Visit one of the deepest canyons in the world and the remarkable desert etchings of Nazca.

Driving up to one of Ecuador's beautiful volcanoes on a n Ecuador Tour
Avenue of the Volcanoes
13 days FROM $5,669

Discover the heart of the Ecuadorian Andes with this adventure from colonial Quito to coastal Guayaquil taking in the market town of Otavalo, impressive Cotopaxi National Park and its snow-capped volcanoes, the glittering Quilotoa crater, gorgeous Cuenca and a thrilling ride on the ‘Devil’s Nose’ train.

The Galapagos Islands | Ecuador | South America
Wilds of Ecuador
16 days FROM $8,999

Embark on an incredible adventure through the wilds of Ecuador from the lush Amazon rainforest to the volcanic islands of the Galápagos, teeming with endemic species. Explore colonial Quito, cross the Equator, shop till you drop at Otavalo market and soak up the grandeur of Cuenca.

Tailormade Holidays to Cuenca

On the Go are expert at planning holidays in Ecuador — tailored to suit your individual requirements. Please have a look at some of the tailormade itineraries below that we have created for our clients which include Cuenca.

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