Best Areas to Stay in Cuenca, Ecuador

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Where to stay in Cuenca – A guide to this city of Ecuador

Cuenca is the largest and most populated city in the Ecuadorian region known as Azuay.

Its official name is Santa Ana de los Cuatro Ríos de Cuenca, in honor of the Tomebamba, Tarqui, Yanuncay and Machángara rivers that run through the city.
 

Cuenca is a cultural and intellectual city, known as the Athens of Ecuador, thanks to its architectural and artistic contributions.

It has one of the oldest historical centers in South America, declared World Heritage by UNESCO.

Some of its most visited attractions are the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, the University of Cuenca and its large number of museums.

Among its natural attractions are the Mirador Turi, the Bioparque Amaru, and the Yurak Allpa Zoo.

The climate in Cuenca is divided into cloudy summers and cold winters. The best time to get to know the city is from mid-March to June when there is less rainfall.

Cuenca is a city well-connected to the rest of Ecuador, thanks to the Mariscal Lamar International Airport, with flights to and from Quito and Guayaquil.

The main bus terminal also allows you to move to and from other Ecuadorian cities. Similarly, the opening of the Cuenca tram system is expected soon, which will be the first in the country.

Cuenca is one of the most cultural destinations in Ecuador, hosting important international festivals. These include the International Scenic Arts Festival World Scenarios, the “Orquídea” film Festival and the only official plastic arts event in the country, the Cuenca International Biennial.

The area that surrounds the airport and the Historic Center is one of the best areas to stay in Cuenca for its location, entertainment, and variety of hotels. (See accommodation in City Center).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Cuenca, Ecuador

The Best Areas to Stay in Cuenca, Ecuador

1. Our favorite area: City Center

The City Center, Old Town or Historic Center of Cuenca begins at the Mercado 10 de Agosto and extends to the Museo del Banco Central.

Here, you’ll find the center of leisure and entertainment in Cuenca, Calle Larga, with about 15 blocks full of shops, craft fairs, live music, cafes, museums, galleries, bars, and clubs.

In this area, there are also the ruins of Pumapungo, one of the most important archaeological collections of Inca culture in Ecuador.

In addition, the area gathers the most visited museums in the city such as the Museum of Aboriginal Cultures, the Museum of the Monastery of Las Conceptas and the Museum of Pumapungo.

This area connects to the rest of Cuenca by bus, but it is also very pedestrian-friendly.

The City Center is the best area to stay in Cuenca for sightseeing and nightlife.
 

Where to stay in Cuenca, Ecuador - City Center

Where to stay in Cuenca, Ecuador – City Center

Accommodation in Cuenca City Center - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Cuenca City Center – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Cuenca, Ecuador:

  • Best area for nightlife
  • Museums and galleries
  • Best area for sightseeing

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Del Parque Hotel & Suites

Del Parque Hotel & Suites has classic colonial-style décor and offers impressive city views as well as free WiFi. It is located in the center of Cuenca, in Ecuador.

from US$41
Budget

ST HOUSE HOSTEL

ST HOUSE HOSTEL has free bikes, a bar, a shared lounge and a garden in Cuenca. All rooms have a kitchen and shared bathroom. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged for a fee.

from US$14
Luxury

Hotel Boutique Santa Lucia

Located in a former 19th-century house, this nostalgic boutique hotel offers luxurious accommodation and Wi-Fi. It is located in the old town of Cuenca.

from US$96
 

 

 

2. Near Mariscal Lamar International Airport

Mariscal Lamar International Airport is the main air terminal of the city, located northeast of Cuenca, between the Elia Liut and España avenues.

The surroundings of the airport offer a quiet, residential and family environment, very different from the center of Cuenca.

It is an area full of parks such as Tosi Park, Alborada Park, Miraflores Park, and the popular Plaza Abdon Calderón.

The main bus terminal of the city is a 12-minute walk from the airport, on España Avenue, ideal for reaching any corner of Cuenca.

The airport operates flights from airlines such as Air Cuenca, Icaro Air, and LAC, with direct connections to Guayaquil and Quito.

Therefore, this is the best area to stay in Cuenca, Ecuador, for weekend trips, during a layover or for business travelers.

Dónde alojarse en Cuenca - Cerca del aeropuerto Mariscal Lamar

Dónde alojarse en Cuenca – Cerca del aeropuerto Mariscal Lamar

Accommodation near Mariscal Lamar International Airport - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation near Mariscal Lamar International Airport – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Cuenca, Ecuador:

  • Bus terminal
  • Best area for business travelers
  • Parks and green areas

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Hotel Italia

    This property offers comfortable, tastefully decorated rooms just 8 blocks from Cuenca Cathedral. Wi-Fi is free and the bus station is 3 blocks from the hotel.

    from US$39
 

 

 

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