Colonial beauty – Cuenca, Ecuador

After the Galapagos Islands, it was time to discover another beauty: Cuenca. We had heard and read great things about this colonial jewel, and we were beyond excited to finally discover it.

We only had two days to explore the city before heading to our last stop: Peru. Instead of planning each day, we decided to take it easy, and just go with the flow.

Cuenca, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in South America.

Relaxing in Cuenca

Our last destination in Ecuador came right down from colonial cities heaven. After a long day of travels – from Galápagos to Quito, and from there to Cuenca – we were quite tired and looking forward to rest. And we did. Not the “staying in bed” kinda rest, though, but the visiting the city, exploring the streets, admiring the gorgeous architecture, and staring at the colorful outfits of indigenous women, type of rest.

There is an unofficial competition between Quito and Cuenca for the title of the most beautiful colonial city in Ecuador. Although Quito wins when it comes to architecture and views, Cuenca comes on top for its relaxed atmosphere and cool vibes. These two are the main reasons why we could rest without resting :).

We only had two full days, and we decided to just stroll and discover…

Cuenca, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in South America.

Cuenca, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in South America.

Cuenca, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in South America.

Cuenca, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in South America.

Cuenca, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in South America.

Cuenca, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in South America.

Cuenca, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in South America.

Cuenca, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in South America.

Los Balcones hotel in Cuenca.

Los Balcones hotel in Cuenca.

Los Balcones hotel in Cuenca.

Los Balcones hotel in Cuenca.

Where and how to

How to get there: We took a flight from Quito with Tame Airlines. The airport is very close to the city center. It took us less than 10 minutes to get there by taxi for $2.50

Where to stay: We stayed at the gorgeous Los Balcones hotel, a colonial jewel formerly owned by one of the biggest artists in the region. We had a great stay and a great eat there, the restaurant being one of their strengths as well as the location: right in the heart of the historical center.*This is an affiliate link, which means that I get a small commission if a booking is made.

Where to eat. At the hotel’s restaurant. They have a varied menu, tasty dishes, and excellent service.

 

This post is in collaboration with Los Balcones hotel.

Wearing Andes Fashion hat and Dominga blouse.

Photography by Bertrand Delvaux.

41 Responses
  • Rebecca
    July 29, 2016

    Looks so beautiful and relaxing. Would love to explore Ecuador someday. I think the courtyard is my favorite photo.

  • atunitsirc2014
    July 30, 2016

    Thanks, Rebecca. Ecuador was my favorite country in South America. I would go back anytime :)

  • melbtravel
    July 30, 2016

    That place looks beautiful and it is definitely on my bucklist to explore

    • atunitsirc2014
      July 30, 2016

      Glad to hear :).

  • Sally
    July 30, 2016

    Great post. What a gorgeous place and the architecture of the accommodation looks stunning

    • atunitsirc2014
      July 30, 2016

      Thanks a lot Sally!

  • Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    July 30, 2016

    Stunning architecture, I would love to explore Ecuador one day. Your photos really bring it alive

    • atunitsirc2014
      July 30, 2016

      Thank you :).

  • Prasad Np
    July 30, 2016

    Awe inspiring images.. Never imagined Ecuador will be such a beautiful country with colonial architecture

    • atunitsirc2014
      July 30, 2016

      Thanks. I didn’t expect it either. I guess we can say that Ecuador is a hidden gem :).

  • Nicole
    July 30, 2016

    Wow, your photos are so beautiful! I’m travelling Latin America next year and this has made me even more excited about Ecuador! Off to binge on all your other posts now!

    • atunitsirc2014
      July 30, 2016

      Then my job is done :). Thanks for dropping by!

  • Kelly | A Pair of Passports
    July 30, 2016

    Such a gorgeous town! I love the courtyards and those roofs!

    • atunitsirc2014
      July 30, 2016

      Agreed :). Thanks for dropping by.

  • Happy Coconuts Travel Blog
    July 30, 2016

    Love your photos and your writing style, great read!

    • atunitsirc2014
      July 30, 2016

      Thanks a lot :)

  • mark wyld
    July 30, 2016

    Looks like a step back in time. Some amazing building and sites here to be seen for sure. the hotel lokks amazing

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 2, 2016

      Thanks for the visit Mark :).

  • Marlene Marques
    July 30, 2016

    Congratulation! Beautiful photos. Cuenca sounds so nice.

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 2, 2016

      Thanks Marlene. Cuenca was a great experience for us. I guess it’s still a hidden gem :)

  • LeAnna
    July 31, 2016

    We all need time to slow down when doing whirlwind travels, for sure! But I love how you didn’t just hole yourself up in your room like so many people do!

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 2, 2016

      Thanks LeAnna. We made the best out of the situation I think :).

  • Drew
    July 31, 2016

    Wow – these photos are gorgeous, and they really capture the essence of laid back vibe, colonial architecture and what is undoubtedly a gorgeous city and hotel. Lovely!

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 2, 2016

      Thanks for the lovely comment, Drew :).

  • Melanie
    July 31, 2016

    This looks definitely like a hidden gem and I love your outfit. I love to read that others also take it easy when traveling. You can’t give everyday 100% while traveling. Sit outside drink something, watch people. It’s fun too. Glad you had a great time and a nice stay.

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 2, 2016

      Thank you, Melanie. Indeed, we need to take it slowly some times…

  • Cat
    July 31, 2016

    OMG I am loving all the photos!!

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 2, 2016

      Thanks Cat :)

  • Eva Casey
    July 31, 2016

    Cuenca looks amazing! Definitely my kind of place. I have never been to South America, but I’m adding Cuenca to the list.

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 2, 2016

      It was one of my favourite cities in South America, Eva. Thanks for dropping by :).

  • Veronika
    July 31, 2016

    Wow, your adventure in Galapagos Islands must have been amazing. I love the pictures from Cuenca you took, this city is really photogenic!

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 2, 2016

      Galapagos was great, Cuenca was great. I’m one lucky girl :).

  • Sarah - Exploring Kiwis
    July 31, 2016

    Ahhh I just have to get to South America one day soon! Thanks for the travel inspo :)

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 2, 2016

      You’re welcome :).

  • Mar Pages
    August 1, 2016

    Ecuador looks exquisite. The colours are deep and beautiful in your photos, and it does look like the perfect place for a restful break. The hotel is gorgeous.

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 2, 2016

      I couldn’t agree more, Mar. Thanks for dropping by :).

  • Saranda
    August 1, 2016

    This looks breath taking! And you look so pretty as well. Your trip through Ecuador looks amazing :)

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 2, 2016

      Aww, thanks a lot for the compliment, Saranda :).

  • Dave
    August 2, 2016

    These are great photos of Ecuador. The structures are rich in culture. I would love to put Ecuador in my travel list.

    • atunitsirc2014
      August 7, 2016

      Go for it Dave :).

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