Captivating Cuenca—Capturing Your Heart

If you love to travel to beautiful cities around the world, Cuenca, the jewel of Ecuador, will steal your heart!

Cuenca will delight you as it reveals each of its treasures!

It may be the many restored colonial buildings and the soaring church spires in "El Centro."

Or it may be the green space along its four rivers, or the free symphony concerts that happen throughout the year.

There's a lot to experience here, and is your one-stop source for information about all of it.

Here's just some of what you'll find here...

  • Extensive reviews of hotels, hostels and posadas.
  • Reviews of the many restaurants here. It seems like every week a new one opens!
  • Information about the cultural activities, including the galleries, museums and concerts.
  • Other activities, such as walking tours, trips to the nearby hot springs, visiting the Incan ruins, or taking a night off and going to a movie, in English.
Cuenca's New Cathedral
Cuenca's "New" Cathedral, built in the 1800s

Or maybe you want to do some shopping. Cuenca is the home of the Panama hat (we'll tell you all about it) as well as some beautiful ceramics.

And nearby Chordeleg has silver filigree jewelry that will take your breath away, as will the low prices.

Should you decide to put down roots here in this UNESCO World Heritage city, we have the information you'll need for a successful transition, including...

  • The best places for quality furnishings for your new home.
  • The people and schools that will teach you Spanish.
  • Information on how to save money and keep costs down.
  • Help on how to adjust to living in a different culture.

Do You Love Chocolate?

If you do, we have the perfect page for you. It's our online and calorie-free Cuenca Chocolate Tour.

The best part is, you can enjoy it over and over again, without putting on an ounce!

Of course, the real thing is even better (Jeff knows, because he's eaten it all), so when you're here, call us up and we'll go on the real chocolate tour with you.

If you're one of the lucky ones who already live here, you'll find more than a few facts about Cuenca that you didn't know before.

Have Questions About Cuenca?

If you can't find an answer here in the site to your question about Cuenca, you can ask your question here.

Get Ready To Leave Your Heart in Cuenca!

Spend a few minutes getting to know Cuenca the way we know it, right here in

And when you come for a visit, give us a call (all our contact info is in our Contact Us page). We'd love to meet you!

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I just want to thank you both soooo much for creating this web site. I am originally from Cuenca but moved to New York 11 years ago and have not being back since. My husband and I are planning on visiting Cuenca over the Summer and this web site has helped me a lot.

When I came to the US we still had the "sucre," the bus ride cost 1,000 sucres and a pack of trident gum would cost 3,000 sucres. I am very nervous to go back, but thanks to your web site I now know what to expect.

My husband is American and Captivating Cuenca has taught him a lot about what my great city has to offer, things that I had forgotten about myself! :)

Thank You both so much! I cannot wait to visit Cuenca!!

Sofia Hoffman