Cuenca: tour an historic Inca city set high in the Andes
Set in the spectacular Sierra highlands of Ecuador, Cuenca was one of the first cities of the Inca Empire. Built 2,500m above sea level, your Cuenca tour takes you to an Andean wonderland. Cueno was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Trust Site for its colonial architecture and historic riches.
Cuenca was known in Inca times as Tomebamba, or the ‘River Valley of Knives’. Today one of the city’s rivers retains this ancient name. Cuenca is located close to Ingapirca, the site of the most important and inspirational Inca ruins in all of Ecuador. Be sure to visit there on your Cuenca tour.
Travel to Cuenca with A&K and you will experience the grandest possible entrance via the ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’ from Quito, and stay in atmospheric accommodation, such as the recommended Mansion Alcazar. Within the city you can enjoy the laid-back, historic ambience. Visit the home of Homero Ortega, the legendary Panama hat (toquilla) maker. And let us take you to other inviting Andean towns such as Gualaceo and Chordeleg.