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a small city; it enjoy a geographical privileged position and an exquisite
Cuenca is a romantic colonial city, located in the valley
of Paucarbamba, whose meaning "quechua" is "plain of the flowers
and of the birds", crossed by four small crystallines rivers: Tomebamba,
Tarqui, Yanuncay and Machángara.
|The biggest and better renovated place at
the present time is the Historical center of Cuenca. It has an interesting
group of buildings that surrounds the Square Central Abdón Calderón.
In one side is the House Canons headquarters of the Historical File
of the Curia and the Antigua close Cathedral today to the public. In
front of the old Cathedral the building of the Court of Justice
recovered of rosy marble is; very abundant in the region.
Cathedral of Inmaculada
Cupolas in Cuenca
||It in the historical center is
also the archaeological vestiges of the Incasic city of Tomebamba,
the Squares of the flowers and Sangurima, the monasteries of The Carmen
and the Conceptas.
The markets of the Rotary Square have at your disposure
crafts in ceramic tame, wrought iron, embroideries, tins, "cestería"
and typical fabrics.
|In Cuenca there are excellent
museums like the Conceptas Mothers, Art Modern, Central Bank
Museus, the Remigio Museum Crespo Toral and those of the aboriginal
Due to the extraordinary ability of their people, Cuenca
is an empire of crafts. Here they make articles worked such wonderfull
like: hats of straw "toquilla", golden jewel and silver, fabrics, embroideries
and the best ceramic in the Ecuador.
Mazan Protected Forest; it is an Andean forest,
protecting the hydrographic basin which provides water for Cuenca. It is
rich in Andean flora and fauna.
Also you can visit Cajas National
Baños is located at the west side of Cuenca.
It is very well know by its thermal waters and wonderful colonial architecture.
An ideal place for family or friends enjoyment.
Gualaceo; weavings qith tie-dyed patters called
"Ikat" are outstanding here. There is also wood carving. Gualaceo offers
flowers, fruits and handicrafts exhibitions attended by enthusiastic people.
Cabogana Hill; A group of waterfalls and caves excavated
in the rocks and know as the "Pailas de Racar" can be appreciated
this place is famous for its handwaven works, embroidery, jewelry and shomaking.
These products are exported all over the world. The Llaver ruins
with interesting legends to know are located here.
Chobshi Cave is located in Sigsig. The remains
are composed by a huge quadrangular construction surrounded by a high stone-worked
wall and numerous minor constructions.
According to the legend, the mysthical snake progenitor of the Cañaris,
disappeared in this lagoon.