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  • Falkland Islands Overview

  • Falkland Islands Attractions

  • Carcass and West Point Islands

  • Bleaker Island

  • Darwin

  • Pebble Island

  • Port Howard

  • Saunders Island

  • Sea Lion Island

  • Stanley

  • Weddell Island

  • West Falklands Mainland

  • Off The Beaten Track

  • Falkland Itineraries

  • Photography Tours

  • Falkland Islands Booking Terms and Conditions

  • Antarctica & South Georgia Overview

  • Antarctica By Air

  • Cruises

  • Ships

  • South Atlantic Islands Overview

  • Ascension Island

  • Ascension Activities

  • St Helena

  • Chile Overview

  • Northern Chile

  • Central Coast

  • Atacama Desert

  • Easter Island

  • Lake District

  • Robinson Crusoe Island

  • Patagonia

  • Torres del Paine National Park

  • Santiago

  • Skiing

  • Car Rental Chile

  • Online Chile Manual

  • Argentina Overview

  • Peninsula Valdes

  • Los Glaciares National Park

  • Iguazu Falls

  • Mendoza

  • Buenos Aires

  • Bariloche

  • Salta and the Northern Highlands

  • Tierra del Fuego

  • Brazil Overview

  • Buzios

  • Rio de Janeiro

  • Ouro Preto

  • Pantanal

  • Salvador de Bahia

  • Emerald Coast

  • Amazon

  • Bolivia & Peru Overview

  • Cuzco and Machu Picchu

  • Lima

  • Arequipa and The Colca Canyon

  • La Paz and Lake Titicaca

  • The Amazon

  • Uruguay Overview

  • Colonia

  • Montevideo

  • Punta del Este

  • Estancias

  • Golf and Leisure

  • Ecuador Overview

  • The Amazon

  • Quito and the Highlands

  • Cuenca

  • Galapagos Islands Overview

  • Galapagos Cruise

  • Finch Bay Eco Hotel


Destination - Cuenca

The Historical Center is located on the second terrace of a big alluvial cone, which was formed by the erosive action of the rivers during thousands of years. It is characterized by the presence of narrow cobblestone streets and picturesque colonial and republican style buildings, which give the city a special charm. This is also the commercial center in the city, where most of the shops, banks, boutiques and hotels are found.

The Empire of the Incas, from its capital Cuzco, expanded in the 14th and 15th Centuries to form the Tahuantinsuyo, which went from northern Chile to the north of Peru. In 1463 the ruling Inca, Tupac Yupanqui, began moving north to conquer Ecuador. The Inca armies met fierce resistance by the Cañaris and other local Indian groups, and it wasn’t until 1500 that the Incas finally settled in what is now Cuenca and surroundings, under the rule of Huayna Capac, son of Tupac Yupanqui and a Cañari princess. Ecuador’s new lords ruled for less than half a century, until the Spanish conquest in the 1530’s, but their legacy was the Quichua language, spoken by the majority of the Indian population of Ecuador, and an incredible network of roads connecting Quito with Cuzco along the highlands and Santiago de Chile and Guayaquil on the coast. The Camino del Inca was 8 meters wide (24 feet) and paved with stone – along which the Chasqui runners would bring messages and even fresh fish from the coast to the Inca.


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