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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 53 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 32.89 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 55.26 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 30.26 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 9.72 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 19.74 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 35.87 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 14.47 (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 38.89 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 34.03 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 52.08 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 24.31 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 40 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 33.33 (Low)
    • Drug offense 46.43 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 81.94 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 44.44 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 24.31 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 13.19 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 50.69 (Moderate)
  • Living in Cuenca - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Cuenca is 155.68 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 62.91 (High)
    • Climate Index 98.41 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 44.67 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 34 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 38.13 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 92.83 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 13.19 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 45.19 (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 0.16 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 32.5 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 76.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 35.5 USD

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

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