Wonder the the cobbled backstreets of this colonial gem
Nestled in the Andes mountains, at the end of the Avenue of the Volcanoes, lies the UNESCO world heritage centre of Cuenca. The timeless city is Ecuador's third largest, having experienced a boom in the 19th century, thanks largely to the production of traditional Panama straw hats. Despite the expansion, Cuenca has fiercely guarded the charm and colonial beauty that makes it so special, perfectly embodied in the pastel domes of the New Cathedral (the city simply outgrew the old one).
Another reason why Cuenca is popular with travellers is its proximity to El Cajas national park, who's lakes and rivers create a haven for birds, attracting thousands of nature lovers each year.
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19 Night Itinerary from £5,950 from €6,240 from $6,735
Close encounters with friendly wildlife on the Galapagos Islands cruise and experience fascinating cultures in the exuberant rainforest and by the volcanoes on the Andean mountains…
Quito - Amazon Lodge - Quito - Riobamba - Cuenca - Guayaquil - Galápagos CruiseView Tour
14 Night Itinerary from £5,279 from €5,434 from $5,862
Visit the mountain villages with local markets, along the Avenue of Volcanoes, high in the Andes. Take a cruise in the Galapagos Islands to observe the abundant friendly wildlife.
Quito - Galapagos Cruise - Quito - Riobamba - Cuenca - QuitoView Tour
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