Cuenca and the Southern Highlands Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Cuenca and the Southern Highlands - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

Browse Sights

View All 12

(12 out of 12 results)

Fodor's Choice


View All 12

Cuenca 10

Parque Nacional Cajas 1

Ingapirca 1


View All 12

Archaeological Site/ Ruins 1

Museum/ Gallery 3

Park (National/ State/ Provincial) 1

Plaza/ Square/ Piazza 2

Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 5

Town/ Village 1

Viewpoint/ Scenic Overlook 1

Show More +

Cuenca and the Southern Highlands Sights

Showing 12 out of 12 Results

Filter Results
Clear All Filters

Sort By:

  • Alphabetical
  • Fodor's Choice

Catedral de la Inmaculada

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Started in 1886 and finished more than 80 years later, the city's immense Romanesque cathedral can hold more than 9,000 worshippers.

Iglesia de San Francisco

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Built in the 1920s, the Church of St. Francis is famous for its soaring steeple and intricately carved, gold-drenched main altar, which...


  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Long before the Inca invaded the region, in the latter half of the 15th century, the fierce and industrious Cañari people ruled Guapdondélig...

Museo Pumapungo

  • Museum/Gallery

Ecuador's Central Bank is a vast repository of art and artifacts, which it displays in museums around the country. This concrete-and-glass...

Museo de Arte Moderno

  • Museum/Gallery

The Museum of Modern Art, housed in a restored convent, features interesting rotating exhibitions of works by Ecuadoran and other Latin...

Museo del Monasterio de la Concepción

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Cuenca's wealthy Ordóñez family donated its spacious home to the Catholic Church in 1599, whereupon it became the cloistered convent...

Parque Abdón Calderón

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Surrounded by beautiful colonial buildings, Cuenca's central square is one of the loveliest in South America. Manicured trees tower over...

Parque Nacional Cajas

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

A short drive from the sunny city of Cuenca are the cold, cloudy moors of the publicly owned, privately administered Parque Nacional...

Plaza de San Francisco

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

The noisy plaza is filled with vendors hawking a variety of bric-a-brac. Under the northern colonnade, merchants sell more enticing wares—colorful...


  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

For a fantastic view of Cuenca by night or day, head up the mountain to the tiny village of Turi. Stroll along Turi's main street past...