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“The city's finest river, with some welcome pitstops”
Review of Rio Tomebamba

Rio Tomebamba
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Cajas National Park and Cuenca City Tour
Ranked #3 of 83 things to do in Cuenca
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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.
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“The city's finest river, with some welcome pitstops”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Tomebamba runs through the heart of Cuenca, separating the business and colonial districts. Welcome new additions such as Villa Nova's bar "La Terrace" and Spanish-run Republica Sur make for welcome distractions as you wander riverside.

Visited March 2014
Thank Karen Q
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Leisure walks or sport workout the Tomebamba is waiting for you.”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

One of the four rivers that make up the four rivers in the official name of Cuenca cuts through and divides the old historic district from the new. If you do a round trip you can easily make 20 miles of leisure walking or any longer or shorter distance of your choice. The Tomebamba starts in the high Andes in the Cajas National Park and combines with other waters to the near east of the city. The water is cold.
In 2013 the city of Cuenca upgraded and improved the riverside paths and brick/concrete walk ways. Much of the distance has dedicated bicycle paths. Through the city proper improved lighting makes the area feel safer and is done in a way that beautifies the river and its' surroundings, including holiday decor leading up to Christmas.
One small drawback of this gradually descending river is that as it has cut through the terra over hundreds of years the remaining boulders make the river unnavigable for rowing or kayaking. At high water the swift flow makes it treacherous for man and beast alike. If the city chose to, it could use heavy equipment in the river bed to reposition boulders, build dams and causeways and make the river into a very nice boating river, especially in the 1or 2 miles along the historic district with the cities high cliffs and riverside cafes.
Be self away of your surroundings at the riverside. Even though Cuenca has one of the lowest crime rates in the country, purse snatching and personal robbery are two of the more common crimes.
Many parks line the river along its path with casual seating and park benches. I never get tired of photographing the river and its' surroundings.

Visited April 2014
Thank Gary H
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Sarasota, Florida
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112 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Gorgeous Walk or Bike Path”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Like other rivers that run through Cuenca, the Tomebamba is clear and beautiful. We have seen people fishing for trout right there in the city. Along both sides of the river are paved paths for walking or riding a bicycle. Several bridges cross at different points, allowing access to both sides of the river. Walk along one side, then cross over and walk the other for a look at both the older, colonial side, and the newer, modern parts of the city

Visited September 2013
Thank molemaven
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Coimbra, Portugal
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“A breath of fresh air”
Reviewed April 4, 2014

A must just walking along the river observing daily life and appreciating the newer part of town. Sit, watch the dogs dive into to river and cross over to the other side to reach the park.

Visited March 2014
Thank C-L-forever
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Matagalpa, Nicaragua
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31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great place to walk or read a book”
Reviewed April 3, 2014

I enjoy walking along the Rio Tomebama on the north side, along Calle 3 de Noviembre. Sometimes I bring a book and find a place to sit and read while the river rushes by. You´ll often see families, dog-lovers, and Argentinans practicing their juggling. I have always felt completely safe.

Visited April 2014
Thank Alegria56
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