Cuenca and the Southern Highlands Sights

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Carmen de la Asunción

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The ornate carvings surrounding the doorway of this diminutive chapel are a good example of Spanish baroque design. The interior is typically...

Catedral Vieja

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Also called El Sagrario, this lovely church, the "Old Cathedral," was begun in 1557, the year the city was founded, and served as the...

Catedral de la Inmaculada

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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

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


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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

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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

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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

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

Parque Abdón Calderón

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

Parque Nacional Cajas

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


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