Cuenca Ecuador transfer to - from Hotel, private
Escorted transfer between airport and hotel or vice versa; baggage handling of two pieces of luggage per person at airport and at hotel is included.
This is a escorted transfer between airport and hotels in Cuenca city and the airport within the urban perimeter. Baggage handling of two pieces of luggage per person at hotel and at airport is included. Welcome to Cuenca and Ecuador!. At the airport you will be greeted by a member of our organization who will escort you all the way to your hotel, giving you a short briefing on Cuenca and the country in general with valuable information you need to know.
- Porterage at airport and hotel
- Ground transportation and escort
- Dress in layers (T-shirt, blouse, sweater, coat) and rain protection
- Sun protection (SPF 40) even if the day is cloudy
- Hat or cap
- Good walking shoes
- Altitude: 2,370 meters (7446 feet) to 2,550 meters (7,750 feet)
- Average Temperature: Day 10° to 25° C / 50° to 77° F.
- Night 6° to 10° C / 43° to 50° F.
With an altitude between 2,100 and 3,000 meters (7,000 to 10,000 feet) the weather is surprisingly comfortable all year round. The days are warm and nights cool. In the highlands the dry season extends from July through October with temperatures in the 70s F (20s C) during the day and in the 50s F (10s C) after the sun sets. During the rest of the year, you can expect showers in the afternoon.
Dressing in layers is ideal in the highlands. Dress is generally informal for travelers. Lightweight wools are recommended for day; a sweater or a warm jacket after dusk. Good walking shoes are essential.
The hotels, country inns and haciendas used on our tours are the best available at each location. Although rooms at haciendas may not have all the amenities, they are located on superb ground evoking a bygone age. All have private facilities and hot water.
Because Ecuador is located right on the equator, sun rays are direct. Fair-skinned persons should always use sun protection in the highlands, even if the weather is cloudy, and wear sunglasses. Hat or cap are highly recommended.
Although most hotels and cities have perfectly suitable water, to avoid stomach problems, don't drink tap water and don't eat uncooked vegetables or fruit you cannot peel. Bottled mineral water, with or without carbonation, is available at all hotels/haciendas.
Travelers with heart conditions or high blood pressure should check with their doctor about high-altitude travel.
Ecuador's most beautiful city maintains its Hispanic atmosphere in the flowery plazas, cobblestone streets and wonderful museums. Ecuador's most beautiful city, Saint Anne of the Four Rivers of Cuenca, is located in the valley of Guapondelig (meaning “plain as wide as the sky”). At an altitude of 2,550 meters (7,650 feet) above sea level, Cuenca enjoys a mild climate and a fabulous geographic position. Surrounding the city of Cuenca are hills like Cullca to the north and Turi to the south, which are great lookout points. Cuenca has the placid atmosphere of a small city, both deeply religious and artistic, which fascinates the visitor. The beauty of its landscape combined with the harmony between old and modern architecture, has prompted, UNESCO to name Ecuador's third largest city, Cuenca, a World Cultural Heritage Site.
Why is this tour so special?
- it is a World Cultural Heritage City declared by UNESCO
- Kind people every where, the best hosts you can expect.
- Nice weather all year round
- Beautiful architecture, cozy hotels, good food.
- Multiple expression of culture and art are present always.
- The best straw hats (Panama Hats) and premium crafts and pottery are found here in Cuenca!!
- A cultural treasure in the Andes, no doubt about it!
- Marvel at Cuenca´s winding rivers and beautiful gardens, these are part of the pleasant atmosphere of this historical city.
- Cuenca was settled along the Inca highway that linked Cusco with Quito.
- Preceding their ancestors skills, the finest gold and silver filigree jewelry made still by hand can be found through the city and in surrounding areas.
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Cuenca Ecuador Tours & Hotels
With the placid atmosphere of a small city, Cuenca fascinates its visitors
Ecuador's most beautiful city, Saint Anne of the Four Rivers of Cuenca, is located in the valley of Guapondelig (meaning “plain as wide as the sky”). At an altitude of 2,550 meters (7,650 feet) above sea level, Cuenca enjoys a mild climate and a fabulous geographic position. Surrounding the city of Cuenca are hills like Cullca to the north and Turi to the south, which are great lookout points. Cuenca has the placid atmosphere of a small city, both deeply religious and artistic, which fascinates the visitor. The beauty of its landscape combined with the harmony between old and modern architecture, has prompted, UNESCO to name Ecuador's third largest city, Cuenca, a World Cultural Heritage Site.
Houses stretch down the slopes along the Tomebamba, one of the four rivers that cross Cuenca, whose banks are covered with multicolored laundry under the riverside willows and linden trees. Both the Hispanic colonial downtown and the new homes in the residential neighborhoods, show how Cuenca keeps traditions of bygone eras close to its heart, but accepts the presence of modernity that abound in the city: new hotels, banks, art galleries and shops. Cuenca's cobblestone streets, graceful balconies, blossoming gardens and religious art treasures invite you to visit it, on foot and at a leisurely pace.
Cuenca's handicrafts are outstanding in variety, color and quality. These treasures, inspired by local imagination are created in straw, horn, cloth, embroidery, knit, clay, wrought iron, leather as well as gold and silver jewelry.
The region of Cuenca was already inhabited nine thousand years ago. The Cañari people settled here due to its favorable climate, abundant water and ideal land for cultivation. Extraordinary pieces of ceramic of this period, notable for their design and technique, are to be found in the museums. In the middle of the 15th century, the Incas came to this area and founded the city they called Tomebamba and a few years later, in 1557, the Spanish claimed the city and renamed it Cuenca.
Additional excursions surrounding Cuenca include the impressive Cajas lake district, the subtropical valleys of Paute, Gualaceo and Yunguilla, plus the legendary Inca ruins of Ingapirca.