Of all of the cities in Ecuador, Cuenca is arguably the most charming with its cobblestone streets, old-world cathedrals, colonial parks and urban rivers.
In recent years, Cuenca has become a hot spot for expatriates and retirees settling down to live. Safety, low cost of living and pleasant, although slightly cool climate attracts expats to settle down in this small Andean city.
The famously traditional Cuencanos continue a proud intellectual tradition that has produced more notable writers, poets, artists, and philosophers than anywhere else in Ecuador. Cuencan culture and history are thoroughly represented in the city’s many museums. Those seeking culture in Cuenca by day can choose from a variety of churches and colonial plazas.
By night, bars and restaurants are plentiful with excellent traditional and international food and bargain priced. Nightlife in Cuenca ranges from bohemian to upscale, but the music tends to be lowered down rather early, mirroring the city’s conservative traditional culture.