Cuenca – my secret love
Cuenca is one of my absolute favorite cities, not only in Ecuador for me. However, it is my starting point number 1 when I want to escape the sultry and the bustle of Guayaquil.
Cuenca (from span.) Cuenca – “Pool”) has around 277,000 inhabitants and is the third largest city in Ecuador to Quito and Guayaquil.
It is located south of Quito, their name accordingly in an Andean Highland basin of 2450 and 2600 m altitude. The height can be a problem. In particular, if one is used to the coastal regions. Following rivers flow through the city: Tomebamba and slope Macara, Yanuncay, Tarqui.
Why I love Cuenca?
-This city exudes charm
-There is life
-tranquillo y abierto = everything seems and is quieter and more open
-many of the locals are not only tourists on the way
-Prices are really good for example Meat skewer and beer for good $3
-go away on the weekend evenings
-I feel safe anywhere
-“invisible police presence”
TOP 5 in Cuenca
-Museo Pumapungo with Botanical Garden
-Parque del Madre and the restful relaxing at the river
-Visit the many magnificent churches in the old town
-Walk from the “lower city” in the upper area of the city of
various bridges and great crafted stairways
-Bakeries (municipalities), cafes closed at and small
From the history
In the April 1557 by the Governor and Captain-General of Quito, Cuenca was Gil Ramírez Dávalos as “Santa Ana de los Cuatro Ríos de Cuenca” founded.
50 years ago there were bloody battles of the Inca Túpac Yupanqui, the Kañari Indians subjected to. At the point of the Canary settlement Guapondelig Tumipampa (Tomebamba) was built as a religious and cultural centre on the main route from Cuzco to Quito.
in 1925, the German archaeologist Dr. Max Uhle discovered foundations of the Inca Palace of Pumapunku (Pumapungo) and the Temple of Viracocha. On the foundations of the Palace is a Museum of the Ecuadorian Central Bank today.
Culture and sights
On the main square of the city, the Plaza Abdón Calderón, begun in 1557 old Cathedral (la Catedral Vieja) with the oldest organ in Ecuador and the 1885 started, but not completed due to various earthquake new Cathedral (La Nueva Catedral), which can accommodate up to 10 000 believers, are also authorities of the provincial and municipal administration in representative buildings of the “Republican style” of the 19th century. Century. The old town was recorded in 1999 on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Cuenca is considered the “Athens of Ecuador”. But has its own charm and is not comparable.
Excursions in the surroundings
-El Cajas National Park