Identity card

  • Population: 600,000
  • Surface area: 566,533 ha
  • Region: Azuay
  • Country: Ecuador
  • Contact: (link to member area)
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Architectural and landscape typologies

Cuenca’s architectural heritage is catalogued according to its constructive and decorative elements, but not according to its typology.

– French style – French influence
– Vernacular style – local materials and techniques.

The distinctive feature of Cuenca’s architectural heritage is the combination of local techniques and materials with European styles, typologies and materials.

Tourism supply and demand typology

  • Gastronomic centers
  • Rooftops
  • Hotels and inns
  • Museums
  • Tourist routes – French route
  • Occupation of public space

Heritage and tourism issues :

  • Regulations that are anachronistic in view of the new inclusive and dynamic vision of the city.
  • The absence of a genuine public policy focused on tourism-related heritage management.
    Lack of assessment and conservation has led to the destruction and degradation of heritage assets
  • Misuse of heritage buildings for tourist activities.
  • Raise awareness of the importance of heritage in tourism, its conservation and enhancement.
  • Gentrification

Pilot project