UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cuenca
Quito’s refined southerly cousin, Ecuadoreans are understandably proud of Cuenca’s colonial elegance. A wander through the narrow, cobbled streets, taking time to poke inside the old fine balconied houses with their interior courtyards, is time well spent. Cuenca’s streets are a soothing pleasure – a harmonious collection of buildings the backdrop for bustling locals going about their daily business, each corner you turn seemingly revealing another white church or monastery’s sparkling façade. If you’re here at the weekend, you get the bonus of those churches being illuminated in the evening, to stunning effect.