Best Things To Do in Cuenca, Ecuador

Have you ever visited a new place and felt ‘wow’ about it? For many visitors, it happens at Cuenca.

Cuenca may not be as popular as other cities in Ecuador, but don’t let that fool you. Cuenca is a smaller but beautiful upcoming tourist destination that is worth a visit. You will be surprised by some of the unique things to do and places you can explore at this hidden destination.

You might wish to revisit it someday again, to take a break and relax at Cuenca.

If you have plans to visit Ecuador and are not sure if Cuenca should be included in your itinerary, keep reading. In this list, we have put together some of the things to do in Cuenca and around. We have a hunch that if you include this city in your travel plans, you will be thrilled you did so.

Tourist Attractions in Cuenca

Here is the list of things to do in Cuenca and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Mariscal Lamar International Airport Image

    Address: Av. Mariscal Lamar y Av. 12 de Abril, Cuenca, Ecuador

    Mariscal Lamar International Airport (IATA: CUE, ICAO: SECU) is an international airport located in Cuenca, Ecuador. It is the third busiest airport in the country, after Quito and Guayaquil. The airport is named after Mariscal Antonio José de Sucre, a Venezuelan-born Ecuadorian military leader and statesman who was instrumental in the independ...Read more
  2. New York Pizza

    Address: Gran Colombia Cuenca Canton, Ecuador

    As the name suggest, this joint brings the New York style pizza onto the table for its customers. Do visit if you are looking to pounce on some New York taste.  
  3. Orquideario

    Address: Cuenca

    Explore the most wonderful species of plants at Orquideario. There are more than 450 species of Orchids and most plants blossom after December till May. This is truly an awesome set up one must watch.  
  4. El Maiz

    Address: Cuenca

    This joint is famous for this creativity in food. The traditional ingredients are finely blended and tuned into some modern savory dishes.  
  5. The Museum Of Modern Art

    Address: Cuenca

    The building of Modern Art was built in 17thcentury, called The House of Temperance. It has beautiful modern paintings reflecting the culture and arts of Cuenca. The corridors were built around the courtyard for great sculptures and other colorful paintings. 
  6. Moliendo Cafe

    Address: Cuenca, Ecuador

    The specialty of Moliendo Café is its Colombian-style pork, beans, pancakes, and cold beer. It’s an old-fashioned joint but the food is great.  
  7. Museo Pumapungo

    Address: Cuenca

    Museo Pumapungo is one of the most famous museums representing diverse native cultures of Cuenca. It has beautiful artifacts including dioramas and paintings of Afro-Ecuadorians, costal farmers, Shuar culture and several rainforest and highland groups.  
  8. New Cathedral

    Religious Site, Cathedral

    Address: Padre Aguirre 8-27, Cuenca, Ecuador

    The blue-domed, Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, popularly known as the New Cathedral of Cuenca is perhaps the most recognizable image for Cuenca. While in Cuenca, if you don’t experience the first-hand beauty and history that can be found in this beautiful Cathedral, you are truly missing out on a lot of things. Not only can you go ins...Read more
  9. Cafe Eucalyptus

    Address: Benigno Malo Cuenca Canton, Ecuador +593 7-284-9157

    This is an amazing place if you are looking for variety of food, wine, and beer from the striking bar. It proudly serves Vietnamese, Spanish, Cuban and other international dishes apart from its usual menu.