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Ecuador - Cuenca Intro

Cuenca is situated in the Ecuador Highlands of the Andes. 2500 m above sea level. It never gets warm there. I visited it during winter time in September 2012. It was quite chilly - not freezing, but cold enough to require layers of clothing. I was wearing a light summer coat all of the time with long sleeve pull overs. Night time was cold.

Cuenca is a very old city - founded in 1557 by the Spanish, and registered as a heritage site. So plenty of history and historic building every where, including ruins of the Inca as at the time when the Spanish conquered the Inca, the Inca had burnt down the city. More information is available at Wikipedia.

I took a very cheap tour during my first day - USD 5. It was in both English and Spanish, although Spanish most of the time, so could not follow everything very well, and focused on taking everything in without labeling it.

The tour took us to the highest level of Cuenca up a steep hill, and this is the view we enjoyed from that height:

Main attraction is the Cathedral.

This is typically what Cuenca city looks like:

There are four rivers that traverse Cuenca. This is one of them.

Lovely park at the bottom of Inca Ruins.

4 blog comments below

That is amazing. Dean. I am very happy that you are sharing your trip.
standready on Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:32 pm
Thanks Standready. Must say my Ecuador trip was a good idea, realized how different the world can be in terms of language and people, but at the same time also very much the same. This is a very friendly country with amazing scenery every where. Well worth visiting.
deanhills on Sun Nov 25, 2012 2:46 am
That Cathedral is pretty impressive. I'm fascinated by the design and skill and not to mention the time that would have gone into building such large and intricate structures. Considering how little time it takes to build a massive skyscraper it must have taken years to construct some of those cathedrals.
TheGremlyn on Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:05 am
True. Construction apparently started in 1885 and lasted for a century. Only part that was slightly off putting were all of the vendors at the entrances of the church. Ditto at the Cathedral in Quito. The people are very poor however so one probably needs to make allowance for that. Does give it a flavour of a bazaar however.
deanhills on Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:12 pm

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