A friendly rival of the capital city when it comes to the question with which is the better looking city, Cuenca is a pick among travelers as a place to definitely go to when visiting Ecuador. People living in Cuenca Ecuador say that Quito may take the title as the most grand city in the country, but when it comes to sheer beauty, Cuenca is the top candidate. Honored by UNESCO in 1999 as a World Cultural Heritage site, Cuenca has lovely cobblestone streets and whitewahed red-tiled buildings. The plazas and domed churches are a sight to behold. The city and the people living in Cuenca Ecuador managed to preserve such beautiful architectural marvels throughout the years.
While walking along the cobblestone streets of Cuenca, one will see the grassy banks of Rio Tomebamba and see the women washing and still sun-drying their laundry. Although a modern city, Cuenca is still firmly anchored to the past, and that is not exactly a bad thing.
It is the third largest city in Ecuador, with the capital Quito as the second largest city, In here you will find international restaurants, art galleries, quaint cafes, and lively bars inside architectural magnificent buildings. It is popular with foreigners and the backpacking crowd as Cuenca has a fairly large population of students living in Cuenca Ecuador.
The city would have been more spectacular if the Tomebamba was not ruined. A city built half a century before the arrival of the Spaniards, there are stories narrating how marvelous the Incan city was, with the most skilled stonemasons building the palaces, covered with gold sheets and very imperial-looking.
To get to Cuenca, tourists can take the buses as there are many bus companies serving the place, going to and from a couple of times every hour. From Cuenca, one can easily travel to Guayaquil and Machala. A bus to Azogues will only take 45 minutes. Though going to Quito is 10 to 12 hours of bus travel.
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