Why Cuenca is Ecuador’s Loveliest City

Sara Dobak

Hi, I’m Sara, founder and writer at Travel Continuum, where I write about my global travel experiences, with a special passion for the stars and sustainability. I believe in the power of education through travel, and here I share the tales and tips that I find interesting and inspiring. I hope that you do too.

continuum /kənˈtɪnjʊəm/: a sequence of elements where the extremes are very different, but each individual stage is barely distinguishable from the next.

Something that keeps going, changing gradually over time…like the seasons.

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14 Responses

  1. I’m with you on the UNESCO badge. To me that always means there’ll be something special to enjoy, be it historical, a natural feature or something more. If Cuenca is the slightest bit like Cusco I’d love to visit.

    • Sara Dobak says:

      I’m sure you’d love it Suzanne – Cuenca is more laid-back than Cusco. It doesn’t have quite the equivalent of the artisan region of Barrio de San Blas, but it makes up for it with the other architechture and the riverside. Plus there are waaaay fewer tourists, so that’s a bonus!

  2. Guru Karanam says:

    Thanks Sara for sharing this great information on Cuenca City and by reading your blog one can easily Judge how beauty is this City

    • Sara Dobak says:

      My pleasure! Cuenca really is a lovely city which is often overlooked, I only wish I’d been able to stay a bit longer.

  3. I’m with Anna. Whenever I hear Unesco, my curiosity kicks in. Cuenca seems like the perfect spot to explore and get a taste of the real community of Ecuador.

  4. What a fascinating city! And very photogenic. I long to visit Ecuador even more now and visiting Cuenca is now on my wish list.

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Glad to hear it! Mainland Ecuador has so much to offer, and I hope more people choose to explore it in an ‘experiential’ way 🙂

  5. I love these type of places so this really appeals to me. I can’t wait to go back to South America, but I haven’t been to Ecuador at all, and the way you describe it, I wonder if it could be the next destination for me in that part of the world.

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Thanks, Jaillan – I’d go back to Ecuador in a heartbeat, and I’m sure you’d love it too.

  6. Lucy says:

    Cuenca looks like my type of place! I love these smaller more relaxed cities where you can just wander around and soak up the atmosphere – it feels a bit more like you’re experiencing the ‘real’ country.

    • Sara Dobak says:

      That’s exactly it – and you also feel you could easily become part of the community if you chose to stay longer, which is a very appealing quality I think.

  7. Anna Parker says:

    Whenever anyone mentions a UNESCO site I know I’ll enjoy the rest there is to read or see! This town looks stunning and wow, the surrounding area. Often it is the smaller towns that are nicer and better to see the real country!

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Thanks Anna, I’m with you on the UNESCO thing – once I’ve read that word, I need to find out more or better still, just go and visit. 😀

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