Cuenca`s cobblestone streets, graceful ironwork balconies, flowered plazas, museums and religious art treasures recall the city`s long association with Spain. Cuenca is the third-largest city in Ecuador, marked by shining church domes dating from the 15th and 17th centuries. Several Inca ruins and temples, and museums, provide evidence of Cuenca`s role in Ecuador`s rich and storied cultural heritage. Cuenca is known for its textile making, as well as furniture and other crafts like hats and shoes. Moreover, the straw hats known around the world as Panama hats are in fact made in Cuenca by local artisans. Cuenca also exports a variety of flowers to the United States and many countries in Europe.
Combine the best of Colonial Heritage with amazing nature and wildlife! Start your journey at Quito, the capital city of Ecuador and place of the exactly the Middle of the World. Then take a flight to Cuenca, after Quito, Cuenca is Ecuador’s most important and beautiful colonial city. You will then head to Guayaquil, the main port of the Ecuador and the most populous city in the country. Up next take your flight to Santa Cruz Island, the second largest island of the Galapagos and the most populated urban center in the islands. After enjoying the main island, take the public speedboat to Isabela Island, famous for its geology but also provides an interesting display of fauna and flora. Lastly, take your flight to Guayaquil, to later take your flight home. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
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