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The city of Cuenca — in full, Santa Ana de los cuatro ríos de Cuenca — is the capital of the Azuay Province. It is widely regarded as the most European city in the country of Ecuador due to its highly 16th and 17th century era Spanish colonial architecture resembling to cities and architecture throughout Spain. The city of Cuenca is located in the highlands of Ecuador at about 2,500 metres (8,200 feet) above sea level, with an urban population of approximately 400,000 rising to 700,000 inhabitants in the larger metro area. The centre of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site due to its many historical buildings. Cuenca is well known for its stunning architecture, tourist attractions, hotels and night activities.


Located in the province of Azuay, Cuenca is a beautiful city that is placed 2500m above the sea level. UNESCO honored Cuenca center as World Cultural Heritage Site in 1999 for its historic infrastructure. The history of Cuenca first inhabitants traces back to 8060 BC where they used to be hunters. Later they adapted the agricultural life and utilized natural resources living. 

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Facts and Stats for Cuenca*

  • Pollution Statistics in Cuenca

    Know the pollution level of Cuenca before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 30 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 33.33 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 7.14 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 20 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 34.21 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 13.33 (Very Low)
  • Cuenca: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Cuenca for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Cuenca.

    • Burglary and Theft 42.19 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 48.44 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 35.94 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 27.34 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 42.74 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 36.72 (Low)
    • Drug offense 49.19 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 79.69 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 41.41 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 25 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 14.84 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 51.56 (Moderate)
  • Living in Cuenca - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Cuenca is 149.17 (High)

    • Safety Index 60.69 (High)
    • Climate Index 98.41 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 42.03 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 34 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 39.14 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 90.95 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 12.2 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 36.7 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Cuenca

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Cuenca

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.18 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 39.17 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 86.25 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 44.59 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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