I know, I know, it sounds like a cheesy, touristy thing to do, but at only five bucks a head an open-air double decker bus tour of Cuenca will let you cross a slew of historic sites off your list of things to see. There are at least two different routes that depart at slightly different times, so review the maps and make sure you are on the right bus before you board. To get started, head to Parque Calderón opposite Catedral Nueve in the old centro, or see more information on the bus company’s website.
We took the southern route on a Saturday morning, cruising through the historic center of town, past the Incan ruins of Pumapungo, and up the cool, breezy mountainside to the village of Turi overlooking the city, all while our tour guide gave us the rundown in Spanish and English with traditional Ecuadorian music in the background. Enjoy the pictures!