Cuenca Holidays

About nine hours south of Quito and four hours east of Guayaquil, the striking city of Cuenca was founded in 1557 on the site of an old Inca settlement. Home of the Panama hat, the city retains much of its old colonial atmosphere. One of the most attractive cities in Ecuador, and regional capital, Cuenca’s historic centre has cobble stoned streets, flower-filled plazas and churches dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. 

La Cajas National Park is located 19 miles to the northwest of the city where visitors can hike or fish in breathtaking landscapes. The numerous glacial lakes are set amongst stunning scenery at 10,000 feet, and it is excellent area for walking and birdwatching. You can also explore the valleys of Gualaceo and Chordeleg from Cuenca. Visitors to the region can travel overland via Cajas to Guayaquil, to the country's principal coastal port city, in just a day, making Cuenca the perfect stepping stone across to the Galapagos Islands after exploring mainland Ecuador, as all flights to the islands go via Guayaquil.

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Ecuador Explorer Private Tour
  • Culture & History
  • Wildlife
From £3785 per person
12 day holiday
Flights included
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The second smallest country in South America, Ecuador boasts one of the most diverse cultures and landscapes in the world. One moment you will be in the cooler climes of the Andes and a few hours later in the steaming Amazon Jungle or by the balmy Pacific shores.
Ecuador's Valley of the Volcanoes & Galapagos Cruise
  • Culture & History
  • Family
  • Wildlife
From £7050 per person
16 day holiday
Flights included
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Galapagos Islands     Ecuador
Always a winning combination, this classic Ecuador and Galapagos holiday is perfect for first-time visitors looking to discover the main highlights of Ecuador - including the iconic wildlife-abundant islands where Charles Darwin himself studied and developed his theory of evolution by natural selection.
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