Two Delightful Days in Cuenca – Our Favourite City in Ecuador

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Day 10 of our Ecuador adventure, we arrived in UNESCO approved city of Quenca, where we spent two nights. {Open this link for details of UNESCO accreditation}. Quenca is defintely our favourite city in Ecuador and offers much more than Alf getting an expert shoe-shine!

{Open this link for a wide selection of photos of Quenca in public domain}

Our delightful and quaint hotel, right in the historical centre, was a former private residence and provided an excellent base to explore the city centre on foot – Quenca is safer than other cities in Ecuador. The first night we ate in the hotel with our group, where the restaurant was in a beautiful inner court-yard. Next morning our guide gave us an excellent half-day city tour. A few of our group had lunch at a famous local restaurant in the centre then  then we explored the historical sites and the shops. Next morning we went to the Panama hat factory. They are all made entirely by hand and one hat can take three days to produce. Some of their past customers included Churchill, Roosevelt, Princess Dianne and many more.

Cuenca is a city in southern Ecuador’s Andes mountains, well-known for its Tomebamba River waterfront and handicrafts, especially straw hats that became known as Panama hats. Its central plaza, Parque Calderón, is home to the blue-domed Catedral Nueva and the 16th-century Catedral Vieja, now a religious museum. The Museo y Parque Arqueológico Pumapungo displays ruins and artifacts from the Incan city of Tomebamba.

Here’s a collection of photos taken by Marilyn on her iPad – click on photo to see full collection:

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