Cuenca, officially Santa Ana of the Rios de Cuenca, is a city in the southern center of the Republic of Ecuador and is the capital of the province of Azuay. It s current loction is in the southern part of the Ecuadorian Andean Cordillera. Its Historical Center is known as Patrimony of the Humanity by the UNESCO from the year 1999.
Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Ecuador, it fascinates by its historical center, home to beautiful colonial and republican architectures, which open the way to a spectacle of cobblestone streets, small markets, ancient squares and colorful balconies.
Its area known as the Barranco is another of the patrimonial jewels that the city houses, a true cord of willows and groves that surrounded the River Tomebamba, between old bridges that cross it and elegant architectures of the XVIII and XIX century that descends to the river with stairs of stone are part of the singularities that delight those who travel to Cuenca, one of the most beautiful cities in the country known as The Athens of Ecuador.
What to do in Cuenca?
CEMUART (Women House):
Inside the building are local crafts such as jewelry, textiles, wood carvings, ceramics, basketry, etc. This mansion represents a symbol of the woman of Cuenca. This place shows an important role within the society and its ability to the artisan work. It has a hundred exhibitions and handicraft shops as well as complementary services. It has UNESCO’s recognition of excellence for handicrafts in the Andean region 2010-2011.
Eduardo Vega Gallery:
Eduardo Vega is one of the most appreciated muralists and ceramic designer in Latin America. He has helped to embellish with his work the public space in Ecuador. Also,his country of origin, and other places of the continent.
The gallery/workshop, produces, exhibits and offers for sale a rich collection of artistic, decorative and utilitarian pieces made by hand in an environment of color and luminosity. Additionally,You can find from small tiles decorated with native birds, heritage houses or plants, jugs, cheese and coffee sets, to complete tableware or relief murals.
The site where the Archaeological Park of Pumapungo is currently present is a witness to the passage of three important occupations. Additionally,The first Cañarí, with the city of Guapondélig. The second Inca with the city of Tomebamba.the third Spanish with the name of Santa Ana of the Rivers of Cuenca. However,The archaeological site is having its location in a strategic place at the top of the Tomebamba River Barranco. Currently, in its facilities, you can find an ethnobotanical garden and a bird refuge.
Todos Los Santos Ruins:
These ruins become a great discovery accidentally in 1972; in the place are interesting overlays of the Cañarí, Inca and Spanish cultures.
Heart of Jesus Church:
This sector where the church is, was formerly the western boundary of the city. From Here the road to the coastal region of the country was undertaken. The name of the Heart of Jesus comes from presence of the convent of the nuns of the Sacred Hearts. However,This property is a very good example of the popular architecture of the region that has been maintained thanks to the religious feeling of the Cuenca citizens.