CuencaRepublic of Ecuador
Member of the LHC since 2015
Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca is located on an inter-Andean valley on Southern Ecuador (441 km south of Quito), at an elevation of 2.535 m.a.s.l. It enjoys typically warm weather, with an average temperature of 17°C. Its population is of approximately 500.000 inhabitants and its surface area is of 15.730 hectares. The peculiar features of its soil and the circumstances of later gradual miscegenation printed a unique idiosyncrasy on its inhabitants, who were carving and forging the current Cuenca over the years: it is the economic and cultural center of a rich area of Ecuador, an Andean and tropical country at the same time, characterized by contrasts and wonders. Its condition of average size city is another factor that contributes to have each visitor promising to return or, even better, they decide to stay and live here, since the city has the latest technology concerning information and electronics, a good financial and banking system, cybercafés, bars, discotheques, modern hotel infrastructure, restaurants of all kinds, etc. As a World Heritage Site, Cuenca is a city open to diversity and folklore, and its location is great for any visitor who wants to transport to the different facets of an ancient culture in our modern society; this is a city to live better.