Your Guide to Cuenca, Ecuador

Founded in 1557 by Spanish explorers, Santa Ana de los Cuatro Ríos de Cuenca, or “Cuenca” if you prefer, is the historic capital of Azuay Province. European architecture, ornate cathedrals, and whimsical houses line its cobblestone streets whatever your pleasure may be, there are plenty of things to do in Cuenca.

Our Hotel Near Catedral de la Inmaculada, City Center, & Other Local Attractions

Nestled by trees and the magical Tomebamba River, Hotel Oro Verde is nearby our city’s famous downtown, prime lookout points, and beautiful national parks. 16th century splendor meets Ecuador’s modern, dynamic culture in Cuenca.

Mirador Turi (5 mi.)

For a magical view of Cuenca, take a 20-minute drive to the Church of Turi, a white hillside church that overlooks the city’s glittering landscape.

AMARU Bioparque Cuenca Zoologico (5.4 mi.)

Baby lions, howler monkeys, and exotic birds live in harmony at this delightful outdoor zoo. Animals roam freely in spacious, bio-diverse environments filled by authentic flora.

El Cajas National Park (15 mi.)

Scenic hills, valleys, and lakes adorn the vast 285.4 km2 of Cajas National Park. Visitors come here to hike, fish, and gaze upon the amazing array of flora and fauna.

Local Dining & Shopping

  • Waffles de Belgica (0.1 mi.)
  • The Vegetable Bar (0.1 mi.)
  • Joes’ Secret Garden (0.5 mi.)
  • San Sebas Café (1.5 mi.)
  • La Caleta Nueva Cocina Equatoriana (1.6 mi.)
  • Le Petit Jardin (1.8 mi.)
  • MAKI FairTrade (1.5 mi.)
  • Mercado 10 De Agoto (1.8 mi.)
  • Plaza Civica (Cuenca) (2.5 mi.)

Arenas & Convention Centers

  • Coliseo Jeferson Perez (1.4 mi.)
  • Cuenca Tennis and Golf Club (3.2 mi.)
  • Estadio Alejandro Serrano Agilar (3.2 mi.)

Nearby Universities

  • Universidad de Cuenca (3.3 mi.)
  • Universidad del Azuay (5.3 mi.)

Supermarkets and ATM

  • Supermaxi (0.8 mi.)
  • Banco Pichincha (0.2 mi.)
  • Farmacia Punto Azul (0.3 mi.)