Ecuador is a fairly compact South American nation, sandwiched between Colombia to the north and Peru to the south and east. It straddles the equator (hence the name “Ecuador”) and currently has a total of four UNESCO world heritage sites: Quito, Cuenca, the Galapagos Islands, and Sangay National Park. We focused our energies during our first two visits in the beautiful colonial city of Cuenca, Ecuador’s third-largest city. It’s central district, with cobblestone streets, quaint plazas and beautiful churches , always seems to be the hubbub of some kind of fiesta or festival.
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