Cuenca, Ecuador – Through My Lens

How does this day find you? It’s time for another photographic post, and today we are heading to the town of Cuenca, Ecuador which I featured on Sunday in my favourite cities of South America post! Cuenca (not to be confused with the town in Spain of the same name) is in the south of Ecuador and reportedly has a metro area population of around 660,000. It is the largest city in the province, the Azuay Province, and sits at an altitude of 2560 metres. This makes it pretty high up, but not so much that there were a lot of breathing issues as compared to a place such as Cusco.

It is a fairly historic city with many buildings in the centre of town actually being UNESCO heritage listed. Its ‘modern’ incarnation has roots back to 1557 when it was founded, but it is actually on the site of an ancient city Pumapungo, which appears to date back actually not that much earlier than the Spanish city, to 1470. Ruins of Pumapungo are visitable today as you will see in the photos. All in all I personally really liked Cuenca. It’s a pleasant city, not too cold or hot, with some beautiful buildings, a couple of nice rivers, and some charming streets and squares. Enjoy!

View from atop the cathedral
View across from Pumapungo
View across Cuenca
Typical Cuenca street
Tomebamba River
Street art in Cuenca
Smoothies for All!
Main Cathedral
Mountains over Cuenca Rooftops
Cuenca Street View

Newly Weds for sale
Museum of Pumapungo
Pigeon at the fountain
Pumapango Ruins
Pumapungo Ruins with reflection
In a shop window – one of these chaps is not like the others
Church San Blas
Hazardous working conditions on the Cathedral
Grand Cuenca Building
Fountain in the centre of Cuenca


Thanks for popping by today – May the Journey Never End!


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