Plaza Civica, Cuenca

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Head to Plaza Civica and browse the many market stalls for trinkets and tasty goodies. A social hub of the downtown area, the market is a great place to people watch, with benches in the middle of the square where you can simply take a seat and soak up the atmosphere. If you want to shop, be prepared to do some haggling, but you'll find some unique hand-crafted trinkets and household items such as fruit baskets or soup spoons. If you’re hungry, snack on some street food or fresh produce from the area. To visit Plaza Civica and other attractions in Cuenca, use our Cuenca travel itinerary maker.
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  • June 20, 2017
    If you are looking for a souvenir or present or a household item there is no better place in Cuenca to visit.  more »
  • March 29, 2017
    The square is full of stalls with a Rico crafts. There is a bit of everything from Otavallo to products made in China. It is worth walking through one of the stalls to see some more of the local people
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  • March 4, 2017
    As any market, I buy a lion, because I collect them, I have more than 400 lions, as I'm from the Lions Club... As logical, really. Others collect owls or elephants, because I Lions.
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Extremely popular with international visitors and expats, Cuenca features the sizeable range of hotel options you might expect from a renowned tourist destination. Scores of hotels and bed and breakfasts line the streets of the city's old town, many of them occupying historic mansions and homes restored to their former glory. The larger, more upscale hotels in the city center tend to offer onsite restaurants and other amenities, while cheaper hostels feature little more than bunk beds in exchange for much lower rates. However, keep in mind that Cuenca's popularity has a flip side, as the large foreign presence makes for higher prices than elsewhere in Ecuador and also large fluctuations in cost depending on the season.
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