About Cuenca

ICOMTA will be held in the city of Cuenca, Ecuador between September 7 and 9, 2022.. Below, we will provide you with useful information in case your attendance is in person.

City data

Santa Ana de los Cuatro Ríos de Cuenca, also known as the “Athens of Ecuador”, is the third most populated city in the country. Located in the center-south of the Ecuadorian Sierra (at an altitude of 2550 meters above sea level), it was founded on April 12, 1557 by Gil Ramírez Dávalos. Its Historic Center was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999. Its name refers to the four rivers that cross the city (Tomebamba, Yanuncay, Tarqui and Machángara). This essential feature of Cuenca is the source of its wealth, its charm and its biodiversity.

The city of Cuenca offers different tourist and gastronomic options, and in turn has many places to visit.

Among them are the following attractions:

  • Immaculate Cathedral: Romantic, Gothic and Renaissance styles. Inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Construction carried out by Juan Bautista Stiehle, started in 1885 and completed after approximately one hundred years, in the 1980s.
  • Pumapungo Museum: Center for anthropology, archeology, ethnography, art, documentation and audiovisuals, with free and free access for the knowledge of the cultures and human beings that inhabit the Ecuadorian geography. Built in 1979.
  • Municipal Museum of Modern Art: Inaugurated in February 1992. It has collections made up of a great variety of works of art, including drawing, painting, engraving, serigraphy, ink, lithography, woodcut, etching, intaglio, sculpture, art. -object, facilities, photography, etc.
  • El Cajas National Park. Located approximately 40 kilometers from Cuenca (on the Cuenca-Molleturo-Puerto Inca road) In this area, the mountain range forms extensive plateaus of great beauty where water accumulates in large quantities. About 786 lagoons have been counted.

Information: Cajas National Park | National System of Protected Areas of Ecuador (ambiente.gob.ec)