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Plaza Abdon Calderon

Benigno Malo y Mariscal Sucre, Cuenca, Ecuador
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Ranked #2 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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Green Valley, Arizona
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Beautiful park, flanked by colonial arqitecture including two Cathedrals. Great place to watch Cuencanos interact and try to guess where others are from.

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Los Angeles, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This is the Plaza Mayor of Centro-the historic district. All the special events go on here. On Sundays, it is very active, often with sidewalk vendors. It's a great place to hang out any time, with restaurants around it.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The best part of my trip to Cuenca was people watching in this gorgeously landscaped and immaculately clean park. I particularly enjoyed listening to the quiet and peaceful piped in classical music via the amps which were attached to the trees. Observation--- I've never seen such well-behaved and respectful children!

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Toronto, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

In the Center in Cuenca. Here you can sit on a bench, relax and watch people go by or mediate in front of the huge trees and flowers. There's a huge church on one side of the sqaure.Also there are restaurants, cafe's and even a tour bus you can take that starts in front of the square.I go here frequently... More

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Washington, DC
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142 reviews 142 reviews
65 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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85 reviews 85 reviews
36 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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27 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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
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10 reviews 10 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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