There are a lot of activities in Cuenca, if you know where to look for them. This page lists the ones we've found. We add to it as we find them.
We've divided them into daytime activities, nighttime activities, and any time activities.
One of our favorite activities is walking around the historic part of the city. This is both a daytime and nighttime activity.
During the day we look at the buildings—the beautiful churches, the old colonial homes that have been repainted, and the old colonials that have fallen into disrepair (you can learn a lot about how houses were built back then by looking up at the second floor of some of these buildings!).
Daytime walks are best done on the weekends, when diesel and gas exhaust fumes are at their lowest. It can be rough walking down those narrow streets when they're filled with pollutants.
Unfortunately, most of the public services housed in the old buildings are closed, so you'll have to do one or two weekday walks to enjoy the inner courtyards of some of these beauties.
At night, we love to walk around and see how all the buildings are lit up, especially the churches. And the bonus is that we can look into the courtyards of many of the colonial homes, since the owners are home and the courtyard is usually lit. Some of them give a real glimpse into the past.
When out for a walk, always watch where you're going. If you want to look at the buildings, walk for a hundred feet or so, then stop and look around and up. If you look while you're walking, you're a broken bone waiting to happen.
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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!!