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Plaza Abdon Calderon

Benigno Malo y Mariscal Sucre, Cuenca, Ecuador
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Ranked #3 of 25 attractions in Cuenca
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: The main city square of Cuenca is dominated by the magnificent Catedral de la Immaculada (New Cathedral).
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Washington, DC
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138 reviews 138 reviews
65 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This is people watching at its best. When my feet began to be a bit weary from traipsing through the old city, we sat for an hour just watching the passing parade. On this Saturday, there were plenty of locals about. The vendors with various sized wooden donkeys offered sombreros for people to have their pictures taken, and they seemed... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This could be a fantastic square but unfortunately the noise and traffic fumes at rush hour ruin the tranquility of the park and the shops and restaurant around the plaza. The local government need to do something about this, and would be a fantastic project for anyone interested in improving conditions for walking and cycling in the city!

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Palm Springs, CA
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81 reviews 81 reviews
32 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The square is famous, terrific place to people watch. The Information center (very knowledgeable) is here. The old Cathedral is a museum. The new one is beautiful on the inside with the rose colored stone. There's that famous restaurant and the equally famous ice cream shop.

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Montecito, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The plaza is very nice and worth seeing. There is also a tourist office located in the plaza and the a city tour bus stop outside the museum for $5. Just sit under the trees and watch Ecuadorians go about life and the tourist enjoying the historic buildings. Beautiful.

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Boise, Idaho
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Something to behold and cherish for a life time. Loved the beautiful park with all the trees and flowers galore. Lots of places to seat yourself to take in the awesomeness of this great place. Took a lot of pictures also.

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Montreal, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

A Nice place to read and relax. A place to go. Everything interesting is close by. It costs about 2$-2,50$ from the bus terminal.

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Cuenca, Ecuador
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

One of many and the largest park in Cuenca. The fragrances from the planting and flowers are enticing; just draws you in. Plenty of benches to just sit and enjoy good company and the friendliness of the Cuencano people.

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Stone Mountain, Georgia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Sitting in the lovely square,watching the crowds,and the lush vegetation is just the start All around the square there are things to do. Eat an Ecuadorian meal at Raymipampa,and go next door for an ice cream. Visit the New Cathedral and it's chapels. Visit the Old Cathedral,now consecrated and converted into a museum. Enough to keep you busy and entertained... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Loved the Plaza Calderon. Designed like a Disney square it has so much interesting activity, from vendors selling things we had never seen to families dressed to the 9's for First Communion on a Saturday morning. You can just sit and enjoy the cultural differences. People are very friendly.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This is where it all happens. New catherderal - pay $2 and climb to the top to see an amazing view of the city. Take the double decker bus for a $5 tour of the city - well worth it. Go in the old cathederal which is now an amazing museum. Eat at Rymipumba restaurant. Have desert at Tutto Freddos.... More

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