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Colonial architecture, colorful markets, and indigenous people sporting locally-made Panama hats are just some of the things that give Cuenca, this historic city, its character and culture.
To get your bearings head to Parque Calderón -- Cuenca’s main plaza. It’s hard to miss the grandiose Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción with its huge blue domes. At times, Cuenca feels almost European and fans of historic architecture will love Cuenca as it’s packed with churches and quaint squares.
Scattered around the city’s cobbled streets are a number of little markets, selling everything from woolens and souvenirs to flowers and sweets. Local, highly skilled milliners make Panama hats in and around Cuenca. The city is famous for the woven headgear, in spite of being named after another country! Barranco’s Panama Hat Factory has hundreds of them for sale and a small museum devoted to the craft.
In spite of being on many a backpacker’s itinerary, and having plenty of hostels, Cuenca doesn’t feel overly touristy. Cuenca’s hostels tend to be central, of decent quality, and affordable; there are also a number of hostals, which are inexpensive guesthouses with private rooms. It is a walkable city and the majority of sights should be within easy reach of wherever you choose to stay.
Nightlife isn’t exactly wild -- especially mid-week -- but on weekends the small bars and salsa and karaoke clubs near the river, on and around Calle Larga, are a good place to sink back a few Ecuadorian Pilseners.
There are some nice day trips outside of the city too. Head to Baños (about thirty minutes via frequent buses) to relax in the thermal spa or indulge in a massage. Sundays are quiet in the city center so one option is to go to and explore the markets of Gualaceo and Chordeleg and sample some roasted cuy (guinea pig) or shop for silver jewelry. Buses depart frequently from the bus station (Terminal Terrestre) for Gualaceo (the journey takes around an hour), then you can pick up another bus to take you to the small hilltop town of Chordeleg (fifteen minutes).
The bus station and the tiny airport are close to each other and around a fifteen-minute bus ride from the center. Taxis are cheap here too; just make sure you agree on a price with the driver before you get in.
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Hostal Hogar Cuencano
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"… may wish to use their laptops in the hostel whilst enjoying some beverages or beers. Also occupants are welcome to use one of the other rooms to take a table and play poker, cards and poker chips supplied by the hostel. For those that wish to have a quieter evening a TV room with direct TV, blue ray and DVD is also available. A reading room is also available with space to place laptops for internet use. Please note:...
"… a Bar with drinks. But no worries, we respect your sleep and turn off the music early. In the front of the building, there is the bar/restaurant with free breakfast for hostal guests. Drinks and food are served all day until 10pm (excluding Sundays - breakfast only). Please note: The Reception is open 24 hrs Check in time: 1:00 pm Check out time: 11:00 am Cancellation policy is 1 day before arrival We only accept cash on arrival...
"… restaurant from 8am to 10am. Our popular bar provides a great atmosphere by candlelight and good tunes every night until 23:30. Happy Hour drinks are from 5pm to 8pm, and board games and cards to rent for free. We also have a chill out area with a hammock. Please note : Policy Cancellation: 3 days Payment accepted on arrival: only cash. Check-in time**: 13:00 Check-out time: 12:00 Breakfast included. (For Basic 6...
El Molino Hostel
"… city of Cuenca! We have spaces with wi-fi, cable TV, plus visitors can learn the city through tours, enjoy typical local food, meet people from other parts of the world, each room has its own bathroom. The rooms are shared with up to 4 people each with hot water all the time and hosts include breakfast Please note: Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged...
"… free breakfast with fresh-ground coffee, or cook with us for communal dinner. Roam the city on one of our vintage bicycles, or smoke on our open-air balcony bar. Take a city tour or a Spanish lesson. Plug into our free wifi, or check out our book, clothing, or movie exchange. Play guitar around the firepit, or win big at poker night. Travelling with a pet? Stay in a private room with them. For human guests, we also offer...
"El Cafecito is conveniently located near the central area of Cuenca. It´s a nice enough hostel with comfortable rooms and a charming cafe. However it seems like the cafe is the main focus, leaving the hostel side a bit neglected. The Location El Cafecito is a five-minute walk from the Parque Calderon, Cuenca´s Central Park. It is very convenient and close to all the sites, restaurants, and bars in the city as well as only two blocks...
Posada del Rio
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Casa del Barranco
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Hostal Turista del Mundo
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"… Our Superior rooms are equipped with either a private balcony or access to an enclosed terrace where you will be able to enjoy fantastic views of the city and the surrounding mountains. Unlimited WIFI service is available in all of our rooms. Our management staff, which is fluent in Spanish and English, is here to help you in any way possible. Hostal Haro - Your home away from home 24 Hour check in Check out: 13:00...
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Check Inn B&B Cuenca
"Check Inn Hotel is located in the historic center of Cuenca, just 2 blocks from the park Calderon. Excellent location, good price, WiFi, hot water. We speak English! Check Inn B&B is in the old town of the city, in walking distance from the main public transport station. Please note : Cancellation Policy : 2 days advance notice. Only Cash payment accepted on arrival. Flexible Check-in time. Check-out time : 12:00....
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"This is the most affordable hostel in Cuenca, the staff were wonderful and the location is in the best part of town. The hostel was very, very clean 100 percent of the time. The desk staff was helpful when we asked questions and the owner is TOP-NOTCH!!! Don't take your chances with any other place!!" … "Outstanding value! I have stayed here several times for 2-3 weeks at a time. The accommodations, staff, food, and ambience are...
Hostal Posada del Angel
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Hotel La Casona
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Villa Nova Inn
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Luxe Homestay Cuenca
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