For its charming historical center, the churches, the small cobbled streets and colonial houses with noble facades, prim balustrades, wrought iron balconies and red tiled roofs, Cuenca was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.
The impressive churches in the old center are dating back to the 16th to 17th century, and if you believe it or not, this is the city of churches with 52 churches, one for every Sunday! Being in the historical center, you might get the impression that time has stood still.
The city tour will start at the colonial part of the city of Cuenca. Then visit the modern arts museum where many contemporary artworks are displayed.
We will walk by the downtown historical area to visit the San Francisco market, the flower market, the culture house, the Abdon Calderon Park, and the old cathedral (we will not enter). We will enter in the New Cathedral, it’s the biggest in the country there we’ll observe the famous gold leaf canopy.
We continue the tour to the Homero Ortega factory to observe the complete process of manufacturing of the misnamed Panama hat which is authentically Ecuadorian, undoubtedly most important to our country.
Later we will visit the “barranco” with its colonial style terraced houses located next to the “Tomebamba River”. Also we will also observe the “broken bridge” and finally visit the tourist balcony of “Turi” where we can see a panoramic view of the whole city of Cuenca.
Then return to the Hotel