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Cuenca - Ecuador Highlights:
Tomebamba ruins, Spanish colonial architecture
Alternative Port:  Guayaquil   - click for cruises that visit this port.

The Spanish colonial city of Cuenca is 120 miles by road to the east of the port of Guayaquil in south central Ecuador at an altitude of 8,517 ft (2,596 m). Founded in 1557 it is the third largest city in the country and was built on the ruins of Tomebamba, the former residence of the 15th century Inca ruler Huayna Capac. Good examples Spanish colonial architecture in the city are La Concepción convent (1599) and Las Carmelitas Descalzas convent (1682). There are two cathedrals - the old, El Sagrario, built in 1557 and the new huge Catedrale de la Inmaculada dating from 1885. There are several other churches worth a visit like San Blas, San Francisco, El Cenaculo and Santo Domingo. Other places of interest include the Indian market in Plaza Rotary, the Gothic cathedral, the several museums and Government House.

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