We recently spent some time in Azogues, a small city not far from Cuenca. It has a population of around 40,000 and, although it's in a different province, is considered part of the Cuenca Metropolitan area.
Visiting Azogues Ecuador
Azogues is about a 40-minute drive from Cuenca, it's the capital of Cañar Province. You'll pass it on your way to Ingapirca Ecuador's largest Inca ruins.
Taking a Walk in Azogues, Ecuador
We enjoyed walking around the town, it reminded us a lot of Cuenca. We saw some similar architecture and some of the same culture dress as in Cuenca.
The park in the center of town was a nice spot to relax and people watch.
Where We Stayed In Azogues Ecuador: Hotel Paraiso
We stayed at Hotel Paraiso. It was nice and had a pool which our daughter really enjoyed. There was also a little park across the street with a pond and paddle boats.
The hotel has a restaurant and offers room service.
On the other side of the road, there was a river with grassy banks and a park-like area. We crossed the river to walk up to the park in the center of town.
Azogues is known for its Panama hats, most of which are exported.
There is a village and archaeological site nearby called Cojitambo where you can go rock climbing and take in an amazing view. The climate in Azogues is very similar to Cuenca, so bring some sweaters and don't forget your sunblock and umbrella.
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Get a glimpse into Azogues Ecuador with this time-lapse video of one of the principal intersections in the city.
Azogues is a short drive from Cuenca and offers a more relaxed pace of life. This is one of the many towns near Cuenca that can be easily visited on a day trip.
The city is not that large – around 40,000 inhabitants according to some sources – and looks quite livable.
Azogues Ecuador Time Lapse Video
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