The city of Cuenca, also known as "La Sultana de Los Andes" offers culture, tradition and history in its streets for those who visit.
We could count an endless number of places that you should know when you travel to beautiful city of the Ecuadorian Austro, but we will emphasize "The 10 places that you must see in Cuenca, Sultana de Los Andes":
1.- Las Cajas National Park:
If you are looking to be in contact with nature 100% do not hesitate to visit the National Park Cajas. A center that groups more than 230 lagoons, among the most important: Lagartococha, Osohuaycu, Quinoascocha, La Toreadora, Sunincocha and Tinguishcocha.
Here you can do a variety of activities, from horseback riding, camping and sport fishing. The Cajas National Park is also a firm candidate for the list of Natural Heritage of Humanity.
2.- Baños en Cuenca:
Do not be confused, in basin there is also a tourist place called "Baños" the same one that is to 8 kilometers, to the southwest of the center of Cuenca. If you are looking for a space to enjoy spas, this place is known for its thermal waters with mineral properties.
3.- The Mirador de Turi
If you want to enjoy a spectacular view of Cuenca, you must take a taxi to the south of the city on Solano Avenue, on the top of a hill is located Mirador de Turi. The views are splendid, especially in the evenings when all the bell towers and domes of the churches are lit throughout the city. Truly an experience you can not miss.
4.- Tomebamba River
Ideal for walking and relaxing during your visit to the city of Cuenca. It separates the Historical Center with the modern part of the city of Cuenca is one of the four rivers that the city has the same one that with its singing water adorns its landscapes through which it crosses is an attraction for own and strangers who admire it every time They visit this beautiful city.
5.- Prohibited Cultural Center:
It is undoubtedly one of Cuenca's most unavoidable addresses, both for its creepy surroundings and work, people of good character in the hospitality and service, quality of programming and the tranquility that emanates from the damp walls. Prohibido Cultural Center is a Bar decorated with provocative images about demons, religion, sex and violence. You can visit it and have a drink or a delicious coffee.
6.- Ruins of Ingapirca:
Located in the province of Cañar, Ecuador's largest Inca archaeological complex, whose ruins date from the XV and XVI centuries, located two hours from the city of Cuenca, you can not miss this tourist place.
It is not known for sure what were the purposes for which this building of Inca-Cañari origin was built. The only criterion in which several historians and archaeologists agree is that it was built under the direct orders of the Inca Nahim Naranjo, during the campaigns of territorial expansion and conquest of peoples that the Inca Tupac Yupanqui, his father and ancestor as Tahuantinsuyo emperor, Began years ago towards the territories that today comprise the south of Ecuador.
It seemed to play a large role within the Inca military strategies, such as outposts and supplies of troops to the north of Ecuador, but its most important objective was to be a place of worship and worship of the sun, the highest God Inca, constituting itself in a Coricancha, dedicated to the Inca ritual.
7.- The Cathedral of Cuenca:
The Calderón Park is the main square of the city, dominated by the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the new cathedral, with a large structure and covered with giant domes are visible mainly from the back of the church. Construction began in 1885, and the cathedral was supposed to be much taller than it is, an error in design meant that the planned bell towers could not be supported by the building. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is one of its tourist attractions.
It is a canton recognized around the world for its wonderful cultural content that is unique by the high quality of its works in crafts, be these in mud, straw shawl or noble metals. In the cantonal center there are more than a hundred jewelers, where you can find countless masterpieces in gold, silver, white gold and other metals used for thousands of years by the inhabitants of these latitudes.
9.- Pumapungo Museum
The museum offers several interesting components such as: the national ethnographic hall, the archaeological hall and museum where you can learn about the history of Pumapungo from the Cañari, Inka and present times.
10.- The Staircase
From Calle Larga, three attractive stone stairs lead to Av. 3 de Noviembre, which follows the north shore of the Tomebamba River and makes it a pleasant walk. The largest is the magnificent staircase of La Escalinata.
Top travel tips for your trip to Cuenca
- Before starting the trip, it is recommended to look for basic information about the city such as visitor sites, food costs and cheap lodging places, as well as the activities you can do in the city.
- You can acquire a tourist map of the city that without a doubt will be very useful to arrive without mishaps at the different attractions of the azuayan capital. There, you can be guided to know what routes you can do by walking.
- There are areas such as Calle Larga and La Merced sector, where the most economical lodging centers are located where you can stay with all the necessary security.
- If you want to go to the tourist sites that are in the center of the city you can do it by bus.
- If you prefer the use of a taxi, ask the driver to use the meter.
- The minimum race is worth USD 1.14. Do not forget to wear comfortable and warm clothes. Also comfortable shoes for walks. Investigate the weather in the season you plan to travel as the weather is variant: sunny days and cold nights.
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