Things to do in Cuenca

Cuenca, the capital of the Azuay Province in Ecuador, is known for many things. For the most “European style” city in Ecuador? That’s Cuenca. For a city centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site? That’s here too.

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Cuenca Annual Events

Independence Day

Each November 3rd, Cuenca celebrates its local independence in one of the most important holidays in the city. Don’t miss out on the day’s events!


This widely celebrated festival’s Cuenca edition is a boisterous parade accompanied by a merciless water and talcum powder fight on the streets. Be sure to dress accordingly – no one is spared!

Corpus Christi

For a largely Catholic population, Corpus Christi is one of the most important celebrations. Typically held on the ninth Thursday after Easter, join crowds for a weekend of fireworks, parades, and other cultural displays.

Estadio Alejandro Serrano Aguilar

This multi-purpose stadium hosts one of the most beloved local sports: futbol. Gather your friends and spend a day cheering on the local Club Deportivo Cuenca team.

Avenida del Estadio
Cuenca, Ecuador

Old Cathedral of Cuenca

Also known as The Church of the Shrine, this 16th century cathedral which was the main place of Spanish worship during Cuenca’s colonization has now been turned into a museum.

Mariscal Sucre
Cuenca, Ecuador

San Blas Church

Built in the shape of a Latin cross, one of the city’s largest churches is well-worth a visit for its architecture.

Museo de las Culturas Aborígenes

One of Cuenca’s most visited landmarks is this museum celebrating indigenous culture. With more than 5000 archeological objects, you don’t need to be a history buff to appreciate this institution.

Calle Larga
Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca City Tours offers an entertaining and historic overview of Cuenca’s local culture. For beautiful nature, there are many private and group tours to nearby Cajas National Park and the Cloud Forest. For an adventure, check out the Devil’s Nose Train and Ingapirca Ruins tour.

Moliendo Cafe

One of the best Colombian restaurants in the city, Moliendo Cafe is well-beloved by locals for its hearty arepas and always cold beer.

Honorato Vásquez
Cuenca, Ecuador


For traditional Ecuadorian fare, Guajibamba has a small menu of delicious eats such as seco de chivo and gourmet fritada.

Luis Cordero 12-32
Cuenca, Ecuador

Windhorse Cafe

This charming local cafe has delicious treats and snacks, including some of the best pies around!

Calle Larga 6-16
Cuenca, Ecuador

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