Luxury Travel to Cuenca, Ecuador

Find out why they call this Andean city, the “Athens of Ecuador”!

Explore Cuenca On Your Terms

ecuador-cuenca-description-02Cuenca, Ecuador is a South American gem.  It is even the third-largest city in Ecuador, but it doesn’t feel like it. Life moves at a slower pace here and the city has a quaint, almost village-esque feel. Pretty colonial trappings, such as wrought-iron balconies, overflowing flower boxes, balustrades, red-tiled roofs and cobblestone streets, impart it with a pleasant, old-fashioned ambiance.

Come here during your custom Ecuador tour and the first thing you’ll likely notice is the spire-filled skyline. Cuenca has 52 churches, one for every Sunday of the year. If you only have time to see one during your private Ecuador holiday, make it La Inmaculada, a huge brick-and-stone cathedral best known for its emblematic blue domes.

ecuador-cuenca-description-01Cuenca also has a reputation for its arts and crafts, and indeed, many of the handicrafts you see being hawked in Quito’s and Guayaquil’s markets will have been made here. At Cuenca’s main market, on Plaza de San Francisco, stalls are piled high with various types of clothing, weavings, baskets, ceramics and trinkets.

For some fresh Andean air, head an hour outside town to the Cajas National Park, which stretches across a patchwork of rugged highland landscapes including cloud forests, rocky lunar terrain, jagged peaks and more than 200 lakes.

What to do in Cuenca, Ecuador

Like all of our tours, these are just suggestions to complement your customized tour to Ecuador.
We welcome you to check out some of the cultural, culinary, artistic, ethnic treasures that abound Cuenca and its surrounding landscape.

ico-cuenca-second-inca-capital The Second Inca Capital

ico-cuenca-unesco UNESCO

ico-cuenca-cajas-national-park Cajas National Park

ico-cuenca-ingapirca Ingapirca

Sample Itineraries Including Cuenca Tours

Private Ecuador tour exploring Cotopaxi and the Avenue of Volcanoes

Ecuador & the Avenue of Volcanoes


This private tour to Ecuador sample itinerary focuses on the culturally rich and less-often explored Ecuadorean countryside. Start your trip in Quito, Ecuador’s dynamic …

learn more about this trip

Customized Itinerary exploring the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador

Luxury Galapagos Trip


Travel between mainland Ecuador and the animal-packed Galapagos archipelago with this luxury tour of Ecuador. Wander around the breathtaking high-altitude capital of Quito …

learn more about this trip

Other Destinations in Ecuador

Still looking for inspiration? Ignite your travel bug by reading more about Kuoda’s destinations.
If that whets your wanderlust and you’re keen to find out more, reach out to our travel experts.
They can respond to your questions, queries and qualms about luxury travel in Bolivia, Ecuador and/or Peru.

Why Kuoda?

Most vacation memories quickly dissipate in the face of routine, but remarkable travel experiences hover in the back of the mind forever. With Kuoda’s private tours to Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru, we create meaningful memories that stick…


Whether traveling on your own or with family and friends, a trip with Kuoda will never come short of being 100% personalized.
Here you’ll find useful tips, travel news and experiences to get the most out as you discover this region.

Get South America travel inspiration delivered straight to your inbox. Exlplore destination guides, get travel tips from locals and much more with our monthly newsletter.
kuoda certifications
kuoda logo
Urb. Marcavalle N-25, Cusco - Peru
113 Baldwin Blvd. Lake Worth, FL 33463