Cuenca Living

Cuenca Ecuador is one of the best places to live as an Expat. It was voted the number one spot for expats 3 years in a row. It is located at an elevation of 8500 feet making for a temperate climate year round.

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Chordeleg Ecuador, Exclusive Silver Shopping at its Best

Chordeleg If you love clean, quiet, charming cities, shopping and or jewelry, then you will love Chordeleg.  Most people visit Chordeleg from Cuenca because it is less than an hour away.  The city, nestled in the hills of the Azuay province just like Cuenca, filled with jewelry shops awaits visitors. Our half-day trip from Cuenca …

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Ingapirca, A Visit to the Amazing Yet Powerful Past

Ingapirca Ingapirca (meaning “Inca Wall”) is the largest and most well-known ruins of Ecuador. Only a couple hour drive from Cuenca, Ingapirca contains the history and culture of the Cañari and Inca’s. Most people know of the Inca’s and their conquests but this time, the Cañari weren’t so easily defeated.  The Inca instead proposed a …

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Pumapungo – Incan Archaeological Site in Cuenca Ecuador

Museum with Shrunken Heads Exhibit Most people in Cuenca know of the Pumapungo Museum as the museum with the shrunken heads.  But did you know that they have a “backyard”?   A backyard of an incredible archaeological site, a garden, and an aviary. The word Pumapungo means “Door of the Puma. ” And, in the late …

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Museum of Aboriginal Culture

Aboriginal Culture – See Oustanding Works in Cuenca Ecuador

Aboriginal Culture Museum The Museum of Aboriginal Culture (Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes) boasts over 5,000 archaeological items. These artifacts are from the various indigenous people of Ecuador, spanning centuries. If you are like us when we travel we like unique experiences where we learn something. The sights in this museum will amaze you. The indigenous people …

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Convent Museum, Life in a Monastery, Cuenca Ecuador

Convent Museum The Convent Museum (Museo del Monasterio de las Conceptas) has a very non-descriptive entrance. Once you go through the doors, the size of the monastery is incredible, taking up almost an entire city block. The museum, founded in 1599, will enlighten you to the life and customs of the nuns in a monastery. …

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New Cathedral – Fascinating Tour in Cuenca Ecuador

New Cathedral The most iconic pictures of Cuenca are those of the blue domes of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception or affectionately referred to as the New Cathedral by Cuencanos. This Cathedral is not to be confused with the “old” cathedral across the street. Located in the heart of the historic center of Cuenca, known …

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Panama Hat Factory (Authentic & Original) in Cuenca Ecuador

Panama Hat Did you know that the Panama Hat originated in Ecuador and not Panama? It originated in the mid-1600’s. It wasn’t until 1835 that Ecuador started shipping the hats worldwide and made a fortune. The hats became popular when the US President Theodor Rosevelt wore it during his visit to the building of the Panama …

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Orchid Farm, Flowers Both Beautiful and Rare, Cuenca Ecuador

The Orchid Farm The Orchid Farm (called Ecuagenera) is more than just a place to buy Orchids; it’s a laboratory, gene bank, and education center. They are one of the worlds largest suppliers of Orchids with over 8,000 species of which over 4,200 come from Ecuador. This small farm participates in orchid shows and lectures around …

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