Springtime flowers are found daily in the plazas for all to purchase and enjoy!
Caballos waiting patiently on Parque Calderon, the main plaza, for their masters to return
A woman's work is never done as shown here with a local woman washing in the icy river waters of Cuenca.
Shopping for farm fresh produce on the downtown streets of Cuenca is a fun experience
More street activity in Cuenca's centro downtown with a march for human rights.
From the traditional agricultural practices of the ancient Cañari indigenous people which are still practiced in the area’s lush surroundings, to the splendor and mystery of the preserved Inca ruins, to the architectural grandeur of the towering Cathedrals built by the Spaniards, Cuenca is a tribute to all the peoples who have inhabited it. What little of its cultural heritage that can’t be admired from its bustling plazas and verdant parks can be seen in the many museums that are found in Cuenca.
Women in Cuenca are very much involved in the cultural, religious, and political life of the city.
Here is a list of the most important and visited sites in Cuenca:
- Old Cathedral (Iglesia de El Sagrario). Built in 1557, the Old Cathedral eventually became too small for the town's parishioners. Construction of a replacement cathedral commenced in 1885. The old cathedral, no longer consecrated, has been restored and used as a museum and is very beautiful.
Spanish architectural detail as seen in the historical center of Cuenca
- New Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana de la Inmaculada Concepción). The New Cathedral took over the function of the nearby Old Cathedral that had become too small. Construction lasted for almost a century. This building combines many architecture styles including Baroque Revival, Byzantine Revival, and Romanesque. It’s blue and white domes are a striking feature of the New Cathedral.
- Parque Calderon is the main plaza and is located in the center of Cuenca between the old and new cathedrals. The park is a popular meeting place and a lovely location to rest for your explorations, watch the the local action, and enjoy a ice cream cone!
Lighting a candle in honor of Gabrielle Dee "Gabby" Giffords and the other victims after the tragic Arizona shooting in the United States of America.
The following are additional attractions which should not be missed while visiting Cuenca:
- Monastery of El Carmen de Asuncion. In the atrium a colorful flower market supplements the beauty of the church which was founded in 1682. A sculpted stone facade and a golden pulpit make the church very attractive.
- Monastery and Museum of La Concepcion with 17th-century tombs and a complete collection of religious art.
- House of the Ecuadorian Culture
- Municipal Museum Remigio Crespo Toral
- Museum of the Central Bank
- Museum of the Aboriginal Cultures
Modern day masks are very popular for New Year's Eve celebrations and even include some blonds!
The children and their horses are dressed in their finest in honor of the Three day celebrations in Cuenca.