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Cuenca, Ecuador - Panama hats are the trademark of Cuenca, Ecuador's Catedral de la Inmaculada - Cuenca, Ecuadorthird-largest city - the misnamed toppers were first made in the Cuenca area and are still produced there. The town has an Old World, Spanish colonial feel—flower boxes on windows, wrought-iron balconies, red-tile roofs, cobblestone streets and a lively market (open Thursday, with a smaller market on Saturday). It's also a center for arts and  crafts—many of the things sold in Quito and Guayaquil come from this area. Sights are cathedrals + convents.

The best archaeological exhibits are at the Museo del Banco Central, which also displays old photos and has changing art and other shows. The Museo de Las Conceptas is housed in the Convent of the Immaculate Conception and is Cuenca's most famous religious art museum. Plan two nights to see the town, but add two more days if you're going on to Ingapirca, the country's principal Inca site. The trip is a grueling three hours each way. Fotos by Fiestas de Cuenca.Catedral de la Inmaculada

One day is enough to explore all of Cuenca, but you'll need another couple of days to enjoy the surrounding area. Ingapirca, Ecuador's most impressive Inca ruins, are only 2 hours away; Cajas National Park, which is full of scenic hiking trails and peaceful blue lagoons, is an hour north of the city.

Old cathedral: it was built in 1557, but with the time it was being small for the faith of the town. In 1880, they decided to built up a temple to replaced it. At the present time, the old Cathedral is in restoration process.

New cathedral: Their towers remain truncated due to a calculation error of the architect. If it would have been concluded, the structure of this church to the Immaculate Concepción, would not have been able to resist the weight. In spite of the architect's immense mistake, the New Cathedral of Cuenca is a monumental work of faith that began to be built in 1880. Of style neogótico, highlights their domes blue and white that have become in an entire symbol for the city. Their facade is made of alabaster and local marble, while the floor is covered with pink marbles, cared from Carrara (Italy). Santo Domingo Church

Park Abdón Calderón: it is the main of Cuenca. In their benches, people meet to converse and to be loaded of the tranquility that emanates of each one of its corners. In their surroundings the Old Cathedral and the New Cathedral are located, besides the Municipality.

Monastery of El Carmen de Asunción: In their atrium a coloring market of flowers supplements the beauty of the church been founded in 1682. Their sculpted in stone facade and their golden pulpit, are only some of their attractions.

Monastery and Museum of La Concepción: tombs of the XVII century and a complete collection of religious art are part of this exhibition. Also, it is not a bad idea to visit the House of the Ecuadorian Culture, the Municipal Museum Remigio Crespo Toral, the Museum of the Central Bank, the Museum of the Aboriginal Cultures or the Church of Santo Domingo or San Blas.

Picture of Cuenca's traditional cobblestone streets

Ruinas de todos los santos: In this old place, four niches of Inca origin exist. Their form is trapezoidal and they are built of stone. There are also remains of a colonial mill.

Chordeleg: less than 50 kilometers from Cuenca, town of Cañari origin, known for its weavers, embroiderers and potters. But this it is not the only point of interest, in the area there is a stone corridor in snake form, built in the preinca time.

Cajas: A place where the waters reveal of the rivers, streams and lagoons, they seem to unite, to create a temple of the nature, in which the altitude varies from the 3500 to the 4200 m.a.s.l. The fishing of trouts and the observation of birds, are activities that you will be able to carry out.

Azogues: it is the capital of the county of the Cañar plantation. 29 kilometers separate it from Cuenca. In this city of colonial atmosphere, it highlights San Francisco's convent, built in the summit of a huaca (sacred mountain) of the prehispanic residents.

Cañar plantation: Their coloring market and the near ruins of Ingapirca (wall of Inca stone), are their biggest attractions. Cañar plantation is located 65 kilometers from Cuenca and it is usually the starting point for the trips to the famous ruins that, according to the experts, were used to control the native Cañaris. Stores, bathrooms, a tambo for the Inca, a temple dedicated to the sun, they are part of Ingapirca that was built in the XV century by orders of Huayna Cápac.




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