Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca is set in a valley surrounded by the Andean mountains in the south of Ecuador. This inland colonial town (entroterra), now the country's third city, was founded in 1557 ... Read more
on the rigorous planning guidelines issued 30 years earlier by the Spanish king Charles V. Cuenca still observes the formal orthogonal town plan that it has respected for 400 years. UNESCO added the Historic Centre to the list of World Heritage Sites in 1999.

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Ecuadorians consider Cuenca the most charming city, located in a relaxing and peaceful setting. The Skyline is marked by shining church domes. Cuenca’s cobble-stone streets, whitewashed red-tiled buildings, handsome plazas, graceful ironwork verandas, winding rivers and beautiful gardens are all part of this pleasant historical city. Cuenca has a strong intellectual tradition, boasting three major universities and several smaller ones. With its large student population and popularity with foreigners, the city also has a modem edge, with international restaurants, art galleries, cool cafes and welcoming bars all tucked into its colonial architecture. Cuenca is an important crafts outlet and stands at the center of the panama hat trade, so the shopping is excellent. It’s also a good base for visiting nearby Parque Nacional Cajas, local hot springs, villages and markets, and the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.

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