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Why I Love Cuenca’s Parque Calderon

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Parque Calderon is in the center of Cuenca, it’s a beautiful little park where we like to sit, relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the city.

Culture in Parque Calderon Cuenca Ecuador

What is Parque Calderon Like?

Parque Calderon differs from some of the other parks in Cuenca like Parque de la Madre and Parque Paraiso. It’s mainly just for sitting, visiting and people watching. There is no playground equipment or green space for picnics or sports.

Sometimes there are public performances and other displays set up around the perimeter of the park.

Parque Calderon in the middle of Cuenca
There are a lot of benches, flowers, trees and plants. The trees and plants are all behind little low fences, you can’t walk in among them, but you can sit and enjoy them.

I really like the big trees with benches around them. The sun can get really strong in Cuenca and it’s nice to sit in the shade of a big tree.

ParquemCalderon Cuenca Ecuador
Every time we are at Parque Calderon we see tourist police. This can add to the atmosphere in the way that you may feel a little more relaxed knowing they are there and keeping an eye on everything.

Parque Calderon tourist police

Parque Calderon Street View and Map

Why We Like Parque Calderon

We really like Parque Calderon because it’s peaceful and convenient. Although it’s in the middle of the city we can still enjoy a little bit of nature sitting there and listing to the birds in the trees.

It’s the perfect place to take a break while shopping in the center, whether it’s just for 15 minutes – or for an hour and a half.

Parque Calderon in Cuenca Ecuador
We like picking up some bread at one of the local bakeries, taking it to the park for a snack and sharing some with the birds.

Parque Calderon feeding the birds
It’s also fun to watch people walking by, selling ice cream, taking photos for tourists and other things.

Parque Calderon tourist pictures

The dog is looking for customers

Parque Calderon tourists buying pictures

… and it works

It’s also a great place for drinking in the atmosphere. Sitting in the park on a sunny day enjoying the architecture and culture of Cuenca is a beautiful thing to do.

There is often soft music playing on the speakers set up around the park which also adds to the pleasant atmosphere.

Ice cream in Parque Calderon
Friends and family that come to visit always enjoy visiting the park. It’s a great spot for photos.

Culture in Parque Calderon Cuenca Ecuador

Enjoy a Birds-Eye-View of Parque Calderon

parque calderon cuenca

Cuenca is recognized as one of the top retirement cities in the world. It’s also a top tourism destination.

Thinking about a visit to Cuenca? Check out our guide: Cuenca Ecuador: The Complete Guide

There are, at the least, half a dozen great coffee shops lining the Parque. This video was shot from a second-story cafe (above Frutilados).

On a side note, Frutilados is one of the nicest cafes in the center. Certainly worth a visit. Also – be sure to try the $0.90 espresso. It’s good stuff.

Parque Calderon Video


Cuenca Time Lapse Video (GoPro Timelapse)

cuenca time lapse video
In this new time-lapse video, get a glimpse of downtown Cuenca. Whether you will be visiting or living in Ecuador, the downtown area of each city is a highlight.

In this downtown Cuenca video, you’ll visit Parque Calderon and the famous flower market. Check it out:

Cuenca Time Lapse Video


See how it was made in this GoPro travel time lapse tutorial.

Both the flower market and Parque Calderon are on our kid-friendly walking tour of Cuenca. And the flower market is one of nine family attractions in Cuenca.

Have you been to Parque Calderon? What did you think of it? Please share your thoughts by commenting on this post.

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