The Best Areas to Stay in Cuenca, Ecuador
The Best Areas to Stay in Cuenca, Ecuador

Best Areas to Stay in Cuenca, Ecuador

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.

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

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

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: Cuenca 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 is this a recommended area to stay in Cuenca, Ecuador:

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

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 is this a recommended area to stay in Cuenca, Ecuador:

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

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