Around Cuenca attractions

Park in Parque Nacional Cajas

Parque Nacional Cajas

Only 30km west of Cuenca, Parque Nacional Cajas encompasses 2854 sq km of golden moor-like páramo (high-altitude grassland) dotted with hundreds of chilly lakes that shine like jewels against a bleak, rough countrys…
Ruins in Ingapirca


Ecuador’s best-preserved archaeological site, Ingapirca, with its semi-intact temple, grazing llamas and open fields, is definitely worth a stopover if you are headed this way. The ruins were originally used by the …
Handicrafts in Gualaceo

La Casa de la Makana

Visit La Casa de la Makana to see how makanas shawls are made, and how the different dyes are mixed. These are sought-after items: one makana can take days or even weeks to produce. Quality makanas are on sale for a…
Museum in Chordeleg


On the central plaza, this small museum details the history and techniques of wood carvings, pottery, textiles and panama hats, and sells some locally made work.
Farm in Gualaceo


Orchid aficionados will want to check out the Ecuadorian species and hybrids grown here.