Colonial Cuenca

The year 8060 BC, according to archaeological and anthropological traces, date back to the first inhabitants of the area. Being an important Manor Center of the Cañari tribe, in 1470, they were conquered by the Incas. Later with the Spanish Conquest, the Cañaris allied themselves with the Spanish and helped them to conquer the Inca Empire. In addition, Cuenca was the cradle of the independence of Ecuador, which was born in 1795 with the proclamation of the Republic of Cuenca, although his supporters were strongly repressed by the Spanish. With the arrival of Simón Bolívar, Cuenca was assigned as the capital of the Department of Azuay, in the Southern District. During the 20th century, the city was relegated as a result of the importance of Quito and Guayaquil. Today, it continues the recovery process of its historical heritage (started in 2000) and it has became an international tourist attraction, being considered as one of the cities with high life quality in Ecuador.

In terms of climate, the city enjoys a spring-like environment throughout the entire year, a fact that makes it ideal for planting flowers and orchids that are exported all over the world.

Organization, cultural life and access

Considered to be the third most populous city in Ecuador, its urbanistic plane is plotted in perpendicular blocks (characteristic of the Spanish urban rules), and its historic center has colonial spirit, although its buildings were born in Republican times. Outside the historic center, we have avenues, modern tall buildings, parks, industry, and business areas.

Its cultural aspect includes visits to museums and ancient churches located in the centre of the city. The city is also the home of various international art festivals such as the Festival of Performing Arts or the International Biennial of Cuenca. Traditional festivities include one of Corpus Christi in June, the All Soul’s Day in November or the independence festivities of the city, also in November. Another traditional festivity is the Traveller Child Pass, which occurs on December 24.

Access to the city can be done by air in the (airport Mariscal Llamar), and already in the city, the tourist can move by bus, tram or taxi.

CVC 34 TRANSFERS
CVC 35 WONDERFUL CUENCA
CVC 36 WONDERFUL CUENCA HALF DAY WITH 1 HOUR CERAMIC CLASS
CVC 37 WONDERFUL CUENCA HALF DAY WITH LUNCH IN A TYPICAL RESTAURANT
CVC 38 WONDERFUL CUENCA
CVC 39 CUENCA CRAFTS
CVC 40 CUENCA MUSEUM ROUTE
CVC 41 MARKET TOUR
CVC 42 GUALACEO & CHORDELEG – CRAFT TOWNS
CVC 43 CAJAS NATIONAL PARK
CVC 44 ARCHEOLOGICAL COMPLEX CAÑAR-RUINS OF INGAPIRCA
CVC 45 DEVIL’S NOSE AND INGAPIRCA