Ecuador's third largest city, Cuenca, is also its most pleasant.
A focus of southern Ecuador, or El Austro as it's known; Cuenca is a European-flavoured feast of colonial architecture, cultural attractions and skilled artisans.
Locals are known for producing ceramics, baskets, gold and silver jewellery, textiles and the famous Panama hat.
In addition a pleasant climate and outstanding scenery make the Southern Highlands around Cuenca prime walking country.
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Straddling the equator, mainland Ecuador boasts colonial cities, beautiful haciendas, towering volcanoes and green and steamy jungles. Combined with the incredible beauty and diversity of nature that can only be found on the Galapagos, it's a truly compelling destination.
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