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There are a lot of nice little towns in the province of Azuay. If you are staying in the city of Cuenca, they make a fun day trip. Or if you live in Cuenca, the small towns like Gualaceo make for a great vacation spot.

Gualaceo is a pretty little town near a river. It’s located in a valley and has a warmer climate than Cuenca.

You’ll pass through Gualaceo on your way to Chordeleg, which is known for its silver jewelry.
(You may also enjoy reading about Paute – another town nearby.)

A Beautiful Little Park in Gualaceo

All of the small towns we’ve visited in the Andes have a little park in the center of town. The park in Gualaceo is very pretty, especially on a sunny day.

I really like the atmosphere at the park. Family and friends relaxing and enjoying time together.

The fountains are always a big hit with the kids.

Some of the parks, like this one in Gualaceo, have fountains that spray water high in the air, the kids like running around in the over-spray.

I like the benches and lights. There are lots of flowers and this nice fountain.


There are little shops nearby where you get ice cream to enjoy at the park.

The Open Market In Gualaceo

The open market in Gualaceo is full of fresh produce.

Just looking back at these pictures makes me hungry. We picked up some bananas and some other fruit.

We also bought some baskets at the market and some plants across the street.

The River in Gualaceo

The river in Gualaceo is a beautiful spot. There is a park area that stretches down one side. It has a nice walking path and some picnic tables.

We sat on the grass by the river and had lunch. This big friendly dog joined us, we named him “big red,” he enjoyed sharing our lunch.

Gualaceo is a nice place to spend the day.

Have you been to Gualaceo, or any of the other towns near Cuenca? Please share your experiences by commenting on this post.

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