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Officially Santa Ana de los Cuatro Rios de Cuenca, founded in 1557 it is the third biggest city of Ecuador and the capital of Azuay Province. Located in the south of the country inside of a Andean valley that is ideal for travelers looking to get lost and discover all natural charm and cultural wealth of a unique and beautiful city.

Unesco declared it Cultural Patrimony of Humanity in 1999. The architectural beauty of the mixture of French and Spanish styles in downtown area where churches, parks, colonial houses, stone streets and museums make the city show a fascinating personality creating views so unique as the Barranco on the banks of the Tomebamba river; the most central river of the four rivers, without leaving to mention the untouched natural beauty of the Yanuncay, Tarqui and Machángara rivers.

City of charm that keeps its conservative and traditional colonial spirit reflected in the cathedral truly a monument of Cuenca´s culture; famous for its light blue domes, romantic architecture and impressive dimension. In addition the city is also known as the "Athens of Ecuador" because its the birthplace of poets, artists and leaders who left their mark in the history of Cuenca and Ecuador.

Variety and high quality of hand made goods represented by skillful artists that with synchronized harmony transform natural elements into precious garments highly appreciated worldwide as the Paja Toquilla Hats or Panama Hats originals of this land.

There are several touristic attractions as the archeological remains of Pumapungo, natural thermal pools in Baños, Turi´s viewpoint of the city and Amaru zoo.

Night life is very active, specially on weekends and it is concentrated in different areas across the city where you can find restaurants, bars, disco clubs the most popular ones located at the Calle Larga, around the Stadium and at the 12 de Abril avenue among the most important.

Visitors enjoy very much small trips to the neighbor towns of Paute, Gualaceo, Chordeleg and Santa Isabel because of the weather, the great people living there, the originality and great quality of food, craftsmanship and other goods that you will find there.

Places to visit:

Catedral de Cuenca Cathedral of Inmaculada Concepción
Iglesia de El Sagrario El Sagrario Church
Iglesia Carmen de la Asunción Carmen de la Asunción Church
Museo del Banco Central Banco Central Museum
Museo Casa de la Cultura Núcleo del Azuay Casa de la Cultura Nucleo del Azuay Museum
Museo de Arte Moderno Museum of Modern Art
Parque Abdón Calderón Abdón Calderon Park
Parque Arqueológico Pumapungo Archeological Park Pumapungo
Ruinas de Cojitambo Cojitambo Remains
Ruinas de Ingapirca Ingapirca Remains
Parque Nacional de El Cajas El Cajas National Park

Relevant Information:


Region:
                            Sierra
Province:
                          Azuay
Latitude:
                           2º 53’ 57" S
Longitude:
                        79º 00’ 55"W
Weather:
                          12º C to 25º C (50º F to 77º F)
Population:
                       400.000 (2008)
Foundation:
                      12th of April of 1557
Mayor:
                               Marcelo Cabrera Palacios
Postal Code:
                     EC010150
Area Code:
                        593 7
Currency:
                           American Dollar
Language: 
                        Spanish
Airport:
                               Mariscal Lamar
Distance to Guayaquil:
       290 km. approx.
Distance to Quito:
              441 km. approx.
Altitude:                              2550 M.A.S.L.
Time Zone:                         GMT -5

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