Highlights and main attractions of Cuenca
Cuenca, Ecuador’s third largest city, is one of its most preserved and colonial, with a quaint mix of modern day and historic attractions that collectively make it known as the ‘jewel of the south’. Set at an altitude of 8,200 feet, this is Ecuador’s cultural heartland and its atmospheric cobbled districts are almost reminiscent of a great European city. It is also an artistic area with many pottery, woodwork and textiles workshops, and is renowned for its local festivals and traditions.
Cuenca can be visited as part of an itinerary taking in the South of Ecuador’s highlights and easily included as part of a fascinating circuit of the country’s attractions.