Cuenca

340 000inhabitants

2 530meters above sea level

Cuenca is the capital of the province of Azuay and the fourth largest city in Ecuador. The city has retained much of its colonial character, with beautiful old buildings.

Many Ecuadorians consider Cuenca to be their most beautiful city and it is difficult to disagree with them. The old cobblestone streets, the flowery parks and the white buildings with antique wooden gates and iron balconies make it a pleasure to visit. In 1999 Cuenca was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cuenca is the economic center of the Austro – that’s how the south of Ecuador is called. But Cuenca is also of great intellectual significance: it has a long tradition as the birthplace of famous artists, writers, poets and philosophers and is therefore also called the “Athens of Ecuador”.

Cuenca is also a fairly formal city, true to its conservative traditions. Everything closes between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and many places close on Sundays.

To visit: the colonial center, the many museums, the hot water baths at 5 km. from Cuenca, the Ingapirca ruins, …

But forget in Cuenca Café JODOCO (Calle San Sebastian) not to visit. It is run by the Flemish Carlos Vuegen. He brews three types of beer: a triple, an amber and a dark one. In his cafe you can eat tasty Belgian dishes, steak, fries, stew, a video, etc. Opening hours, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 11pm. It is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as he brews his beer then. The cafe is located on a pleasant square with a pleasant terrace, and used to be the home of the anonymous alcoholics.

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WHY TRAVEL WITH EXPLORE ECUADOR?

Tom - guide in EcuadorI’m Tom from Belgium and I’ll make sure your trip to Ecuador or cruise in Galapagos goes as smoothly and pleasantly as possible. I have been living in Ecuador for a decade and have been working in tourism for 8 years now. Before that, I obtained my guides diploma in Ecuador. Traveling and discovering new places is my passion.
Together with the local travel agency Descubre-Ecuador, we offer tailor-made tours in Galapagos and on the Ecuadorian mainland. Over the years, Descubre-Ecuador has built a reliable partnership with the best hotels and the best nature guides in Ecuador. Our small-scale way of working ensures easy accessibility and a lot of flexibility when traveling.
Customer satisfaction is the essence for us. And even in those rare moments of unforeseen difficult circumstances, we make sure that we are there to make sure your trip runs smoothly.
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WHY TRAVEL TO ECUADOR?

Indian woman from SalasacasIn South America, Ecuador is one of the smaller countries, but the country is hugely diverse in terms of geography, climate and population. You can visit the Andes, the Amazon rainforest as well as the tropical coast without taking extremely long domestic flights or transfers. And then you have the Galapagos Islands, a once in a lifetime experience. The diversity of flora and fauna per square mile is enormous. Ecuador is South America in a nutshell. Moreover, the country is relatively safe and little visited. The national currency is the USD and you have a wide choice of direct flights to Quito and Guayaquil from Europe and the United States.

WAAROM REIZEN MET ONTDEK-ECUADOR?

Tom - guide in EcuadorIk ben Tom uit België en zorg ervoor dat jullie reis naar Ecuador of cruise in Galapagos zo vlot en aangenaam mogelijk kan verlopen. Ik woon al een tiental jaren in Ecuador en werk nu 8 jaren in toerisme. Daarvoor heb ik in Ecuador mijn gidsen-diploma behaald. Reizen en nieuwe plaatsen ontdekken is mijn passie. Samen met het lokale reiskantoor Descubre-Ecuador, bieden we reizen op maat in Galapagos en op het Ecuadoriaanse vasteland aan. Descubre-Ecuador heeft door de jaren heen een betrouwbare samenwerking opgebouwd met de beste hotels en de beste natuurgidsen van Ecuador. Onze kleinschalige manier van werken zorgt voor een vlotte bereikbaarheid en veel flexibiliteit bij het reizen. De tevredenheid van de klant is voor ons de essentie. En ook op die zeldzame momenten van onvoorziene moeilijke omstandigheden zorgen we dat we er zijn om jullie reis toch perfect te laten verlopen. Ontdek Ecuador en Galapagos!