A view of the city of Cuenca on a cloudy day as seen from the roof of a cathedral.

Cuenca Tours

Tailor-made Itineraries by Local Experts
A view of the city of Cuenca on a cloudy day as seen from the roof of a cathedral.

Cuenca Tours

Tailor-made Itineraries by Local Experts

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Explore one of Ecuador’s most beautiful cities with our private and small group Cuenca tours. Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, Cuenca is one of the highlights of any Ecuador vacation. With its cobblestone streets, flowering plazas, and whitewashed buildings, it is a real pleasure to explore. Founded by Spanish conquistadors in 1557 on the site of the Inca settlement of Tomebamba, this charming city has preserved much of its colonial feel. The architecture of the city has evolved with the progression of the centuries, and many of its old buildings have been beautifully restored. Contact us to start planning your trip to this must-see Ecuador destination.

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Let our team of expert travel advisors help build your dream trip to South America. Our fully customizable vacation packages allow you to hand-pick the destinations you wish to see at the exact pace you wish to see them. All of our offerings are also vetted firsthand by our team to ensure top quality and comfort. Contact one of our travel experts today to start planning your once-in-a-lifetime trip!

What to Do in Cuenca

Explore the cultural and natural riches of one of Ecuador’s most charming cities. Your Latin America For Less travel advisor can help you create the perfect itinerary tailored to your interests and preferences.

The beautiful blue domes of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Cuenca.

City Tour


You could spend days strolling the streets of Cuenca and admiring its countless architectural jewels. Make sure to visit the city’s Old Cathedral, El Sagrariom and the immense newer Catedral de la Inmaculada.

Ponchos with colorful traditional designs on display at the Museo del Banco Central in Cuenca.

Visit Museums


Cuenca is full of exquisite museums where you can learn all about the fascinating history of this city. Top options include the Museo Del Banco Central, the Museo de las Culturas Aborígenes and the Museo de las Conceptas.

Panama hats on display at a shop in Cuenca, one of the best places to buy this iconic hat.

Shop for Panama Hats


Cuenca is a great place to pick up a Panama Hat, which despite their name are actually made in Ecuador. Visit Barranco's, a Panama hat factory and museum, as well as the stores in Casa de la Mujer in Plaza de San Francisco.

An observation platform in Cajas National Park looking out at a lake surrounded by mountains.

Cajas National Park


This park is an ideal place to admire wildlife and nature at its best. The vegetation, such as chuquiragua and lupin, is beautiful, and the park is home to interesting species including Andean gulls, black frogs, hummingbirds, and condors.

Customize Your Trip

Adventure Tours

Ask your Latin America For Less travel advisor about how you can add some extra adventure to your personalized itinerary. Get your adrenaline pumping with hikes and multi-day treks, jungle expeditions, white water rafting trips, mountain biking tours and more. We are experts in planning personalized travel experiences in Latin America, so talk to one of our advisors today to start planning your adventure.

Cultural Tours

Ask your Latin America For Less travel advisor about adding cultural tours and experiences to your personalized itinerary. Discover the rich cultures of Latin America and learn about the unique customs and traditions maintained by its people. We are experts in planning personalized travel experiences in Latin America, so talk to one of our advisors today to start planning your cultural tour.

Spa & Wellness Tours

Ask your Latin America For Less travel advisor about how you can add spa & wellness tours to your personalized itinerary. Take advantage of a free day to enjoy some rest and relaxation at a resort, or visit a spa to unwind after a long day of exploring. We are experts in planning personalized travel experiences in Latin America, so talk to one of our advisors to start planning your spa & wellness tour.

Food Tours

Ask your Latin America For Less travel advisor about how you can add food tours and culinary experiences to your personalized itinerary. Discover the unique cuisines of Latin America and enjoy exclusive visits to some of the world’s top restaurants. We are experts in planning personalized travel experiences in Latin America, so talk to one of our travel advisors today to start planning your food tour.

Family & Friend Tours

Ask your Latin America For Less travel advisor about how you can add family-friendly tours to your itinerary. Our team can help you build the perfect trip for your family, whether your group has small children, teenagers, senior citizens, or all of the above. We are experts in planning personalized travel experiences in Latin America, so talk to one of our travel advisors today to start planning your family tour.

Explore Ecuador

With fascinating history, beautiful culture and a wealth of natural riches including the spectacular Galapagos Islands, Ecuador offers an abundance of marvelous destinations for travelers. Discover some of the best places to visit in Ecuador below.

Galapagos Islands


Home to the most unique and varied exotic wildlife on the planet, a Galapagos tour is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Quito


The second highest capital in Latin America, the beautiful colonial city of Quito is a UNESCO World Heritage site and boasts a superb setting that makes it a must see on your Ecuador tour.

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Baños


Known as the playground of South America, Baños is truly a nature lover’s paradise, offering endless activities including hiking, rafting, and soaking in thermal springs.

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Guayaquil


A bustling port city known as the entertainment and commercial capital of Ecuador, Guayaquil is a vibrant modern city that deserves a visit on an Ecuador tour.

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Ecuadorian Amazon


The most biologically diverse environment on earth, the Amazon rainforest is home to a plethora of exotic wildlife. Marvel at monkeys, birds, insects, and caimans that live in the jungle.

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Riobamba


Riobamba is the first city founded by Europeans in Ecuador, and is the ideal launching point for adventures to the great Chimborazo volcano or journeys on the famous Devil’s Nose Train.

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Cuenca Hotels

Discover the best places to stay in Cuenca with our top pick Cuenca hotels.

A cozy room with elegant decor and furnishings at the Mansion Alcazar hotel in Cuenca.

Mansion Alcazar

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Simon Bolivar 12-55 y Tarqui, Cuenca

The top quality service and attention to detail at the Mansion Alcazar, along with its central location near the main plaza, makes this hotel one of the best in Cuenca. The lovely decor will transport guests back to the mansion's origins as the personal home of an Ecuadorian president in the early nineteenth century.

A classic room with an angel design on the wall at the colonial Carvallo Hotel in Cuenca.

Carvallo Hotel

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Gran Colombia 952 y Benigno Malo, Cuenca

This newly renovated, colonial-style mansion is located in the heart of Cuenca. The comfortable and spacious 30 rooms, with their exquisite private facilities, are brightly and tastefully decorated. The colonial décor transports guests back in time while offering modern comfort.

A view from the upper floor of a room at the beautiful and elegant Victoria Hotel in Cuenca.

Victoria Hotel

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Calle Larga 6-93 y Presidente Borrero, Cuenca

Located in the center of Cuenca, the Victoria Hotel is built on the top of a cliff overlooking the Tomebamba River. Make sure to enjoy the hotel’s spectacular views from the terrace of their excellent on-site restaurant, where you can sample a selection of delicious local cuisine.

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Our trip to Ecuador and Peru was fantastic. All the planning and arrangements you made for us were just perfect. Our guide Tatiana was extremely knowledgeable and fun to be with. Every day we looked forward to a new adventure.
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We had a fabulous trip to Ecuador and Peru. The Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu were definitely the highlights. Amazing!!! Thanks for a wonderful trip.
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Virginia, USA

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