Destination guide: Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca is an old city in Ecuador with a colonial air, located 450 kilometers south of Quito and split into two by the Tomebamba River. To the north is the historical center, with its maze of streets and endless colonial churches, while in the south, its residential areas, malls and wide avenues stand out.

Cuenca is known as the "Athens of Ecuador" and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it the third most important city in Ecuador.

  • Cuenca - Weather Overview

    Cuenca's high altitude means it's generally cool. The climate stays pretty much the same all year with average night-time temperatures lurking around 9°C (48.2°F) and the mercury climbing to about 19°C (66.2°F) during the day. The only two real seasons are the rainy season and the dry season. The highland dry season is between June and September while the rainy season falls between October and May - the latter can be on the chilly side, but it generally brings several hours of morning sunshine.