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Address: Cuenca, Ecuador
Description: Separating the colonial section from the modern residential areas of the...
Separating the colonial section from the modern residential areas of the town of Cuenca, this river features scenic walking paths along its north bank and several Inca ruins.
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Unique heart & soul of the city

The Tomebamba River, one of four rivers winding through Cuenca, is the delightful heart and soul of the city. It is unique to experience swift, thundering white-waters in a rock... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Quito, Ecuador
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65 reviews 65 reviews
23 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

The Tomebamba River, one of four rivers winding through Cuenca, is the delightful heart and soul of the city. It is unique to experience swift, thundering white-waters in a rock strewn bed in the middle of a city metropolis which subsides to a more peaceful stream during the dry season. The water varies from crystal clear to rich chocolate brown... More 

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Mill Valley, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

There is a walkway along the Rio Tomebamba, on Calle Tres Noviembre. It is a lovely and safe place to walk and experience the sight and sound of the rushing water.

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Bend, Oregon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

It is true that it is "just" a walk along the river (there are people on bicycles too) but there are green spaces, the occasional performer and artists, many flowering trees, interesting architecture, occasional people selling street food, the occasional group of people having what looks to me like a Zoomba exercise class and every so often local women in... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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79 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

A very pleasant path follows the river and makes a great way to get to or from the archeological park. En route there are some nice buildings and balconies and cafes.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Really, to say this is a major attraction is stretching it bit. Cuenca is over rated and possibly for that reason this gets a lot of hype.

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Mentor, Ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The Tomebamba is a pretty river with nice walkways for a stroll or bicycle ride. What make the river special is not so much the river itself, but the scenic houses and bridges that the river passes as it goes past the outskirts of Cuenca. The river acts as a landmark for directions. When speaking about where something is located... More 

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Silver City, New Mexico
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Take the stroll along the Rio from the north Cathedral area of Cuenca down to Pumapunga Inca site, you will not be disappointed, wonderful old buildings to see and many restaurants to choose from for a quick bite and a nice glass of wine.

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Bend, Oregon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is a beautiful, stressless place to walk. Also, we highly recommend the restaurant "Nuna", which is close to the bicycle shop. Great cycling along this route, too.

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Corona, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

If you go east of the town and follow the river it becomes very peaceful, lush and inviting. There are places you can climb down to where you can soak of the beauty and meditate.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Large sidewalk, manicured lawns and occasional benches, bicycle trail. Strong current provides great rushing river sounds.

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