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Things to do in Cuenca

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Ranked #1 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
Category: National Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: Known for its more than 275 Andean lakes and many waterfalls, this national park is a popular destination for trout fishing,... more » Owner description: Known for its more than 275 Andean lakes and many waterfalls, this national park is a popular destination for trout fishing, rugged hiking and camping. « less
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Ranked #2 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
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Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
The main city square of Cuenca is dominated by the magnificent Catedral de la Immaculada (New Cathedral).
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Ranked #3 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
Category: Horseback Riding Stables; Sports
Owner description: Centro Ecuestre Bellavista is located 8 kilometers outside of Cuenca. We offer Lodging, Horseback Riding for children and... more » Owner description: Centro Ecuestre Bellavista is located 8 kilometers outside of Cuenca. We offer Lodging, Horseback Riding for children and adults on trails in the Ecuadorian AndesHorses and trails are selected to match your riding skills. Experience the natural beauty of the Andes; the unique wildlife and vegetation.Participate in outdoor activities, like feeding and caring for farm animals. You can even learn to milk a cow! « less
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Ranked #4 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
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Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Cultural
Owner description: This large cathedral (circa 1885) features a series of sky-blue cupolas; the interior contains a magnificent altar and a... more » Owner description: This large cathedral (circa 1885) features a series of sky-blue cupolas; the interior contains a magnificent altar and a famous crowned image of the Virgin Mary. « less
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Ranked #5 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
Owner description: Separating the colonial section from the modern residential areas of the town of Cuenca, this river features scenic walking... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Ranked #6 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
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Ranked #7 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
Category: History Museums; Museums
5000 Beautiful archaeologic pieces displayed in 15 rooms.
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Ranked #8 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
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Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Cultural
Situated on top of some ancient Inca ruins, this cathedral was built in 1557 when modern Cuenca was founded.
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Ranked #9 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
Category: History Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Museum and Ancestral Park of Pumapungo, are the two main elements that conform the cultural complex administered by... more » Owner description: The Museum and Ancestral Park of Pumapungo, are the two main elements that conform the cultural complex administered by Ecuador's Culture and Heritage Ministry in the city of Cuenca. These are public spaces, open to a variety of cultural activities, projects, and initiatives, that have a very profound meaning for Cuenca's citizens. Pumapungo Museum has a lot of different components. It has seven temporary exhibition rooms were a wide diversity of exhibitions are produced: art, history, photography, sculpture are some of them. It also has an archeology exhibition room - site museum, where the development of society is explained through time, as well as the Inca occupation and findings at the Pumapungo archeological site. In addition, the museum exhibits the national ethnography room, where Ecuador's multicultural diversity is displayed through vivid representations of every day's life, dresses, instruments and images. The museum also counts with a library and historic archive; both open for free and open access from the public, art, archeology and ethnography reserves, which are available for students as well as for national and international investigators. In total, the complex conserves around 160.000 cultural and heritage goods. Another important component of the cultural complex is the Ancestral Park. There are three main elements: The archeological park, where visitors can appreciate the remains of the once most important administrative, military and religious center of the northern part of the Inca Empire; the Ethnobotanic park, with more than 230 species of native Andean plants and trees, this space has become the last native ecological niche in the center of Cuenca, and it is the reason why it is visited by more than 30 local species of birds daily. The park is also a very important space for educational activities aimed at illustrate ancestral knowledge and traditions. The bird rescue center is the last element of Pumapungo's Ancestral Park. At the moment it contains about 200 birds of around 25 species. It complements the whole educative content of the park, as this animals are filled with significance and myths of our ancestors. We work together with the Ministry of environment to fight against the illicit traffic of native species. In this area we cure and feed the birds that are brought by the competent authorities. After the birds have reached its optimal shape, we coordinate its liberation in the birds original environment. Shamefully, in most of the cases, this liberation process is not possible, as the birds have suffered from irreversible injuries, and conditioning of their behavior. The park has a full time 13 people team, that carry the traditional knowledge needed to attend all of its areas. Biologists, veterinarians, agronomic engineers, are amongst them. « less
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Ranked #10 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
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Ranked #11 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Cultural
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Ranked #12 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
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Ranked #13 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos/Aquariums
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Ranked #14 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Ranked #15 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
Category: Art Museums; Museums
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Ranked #16 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
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Ranked #17 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
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Ranked #18 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
Category: Flea/ Street Markets; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Cultural
This busy and popular market features clothes, pottery and other local crafts unique to Cuenca.
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Ranked #19 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
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Ranked #20 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
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Ranked #21 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
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Ranked #22 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
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Ranked #23 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
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Ranked #24 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
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Ranked #25 of 26 attractions in Cuenca
Category: Dinner Theaters; Performances
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