Cities & Towns in Ecuador

Exploring Cuenca: Ecuador's Cultural Gem in the Andean Highlands

Cuenca is a city in Ecuador's southern highlands known for its cultural richness and historical significance. It is the capital and largest city of the Azuay Province, located at an elevation of approximately 2,560 meters. The town is surrounded by the Andes Mountains and irrigated by four rivers: Tomebamba, Yanuncay, Tarqui, and Machangara. Over centuries, Cuenca's identity has been shaped by its profound connection with the natural environment.

Zaruma: Ecuador's Golden Colonial Gem

Nestled in the Central Highlands of southern Ecuador, Zaruma is a captivating town with Republic-era architecture, centuries-old gold mines, vibrant culture, and traditions dating back to its founding by Spanish explorer Alonso de Mercadillo. Recently, Zaruma has become a destination for coffee enthusiasts, gastronomy lovers, and art fans, offering a unique blend of natural beauty, mining heritage, and urban charm.