Azogues Ecuador: An Easy Day Trip From Cuenca

Posted in: Cuenca Ecuador, Ecuador Travel

pretty-architecture-azogues-ecuadorWe recently spent some time in Azogues, a small city not far from Cuenca.

It has a population of around 40,000 and, although it’s in a different province, is considered part of the Cuenca Metropolitan area.

Azogues is about a 40 minute drive from Cuenca, it’s the capital of Cañar Province. You’ll pass it on your way to Ingapirca Ecuador’s largest Incan ruins.

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Driving from Cuenca to Azogues

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Azogues as seen from the highway.

 Taking a Walk in Azogues, Ecuador

We enjoyed walking around the town, it reminded us a lot of Cuenca. We saw some similar architecture and some of the same culture dress as in Cuenca.

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The park in the center of town was a nice spot to relax and people watch.

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Walking up to the park in the center of the city.

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We thought we should be on best behavior at the park or he might bring the hammer down 🙂

Where We Stayed In Azogues Ecuador: Hotel Paraiso

We stayed at Hotel Paraiso. It was nice and had a pool which our daughter really enjoyed. There was also a little park across the street with a pond and paddle boats.

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Our room at Hotel Paraiso, Azogues

The hotel has a restaurant and offers room service.

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Restaurant at Hotel Paraiso

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Park across from Hotel Paraiso

On the other side of the road there was a river with grassy banks and a park like area. We crossed the river to walk up to the park in the center of town.

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Azogues is known for its Panama hats, most of which are exported.

There is a village and archaeological site near by called Cojitambo where you can go rock climbing and take in an amazing view. The climate in Azogues is very similar to Cuenca, so bring some sweaters and don’t forget your sunblock and umbrella.

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Have you been to Azogues Ecuador? Please share your comments here.

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Since moving to Ecuador in 2009, Dena and Bryan have made their living as bloggers. Dena is a partner at Storyteller Media, a content marketing company for Canadian travel brands. She is a contributor to Bryan Haines and is co-founder of Click Like This - a photo tutorial blog.

11 comments… add one
  • Leonard Jun 2, 2015, 4:11 pm

    We are thinking of moving to the Cuenca area, and possibly to Azogues. As of now I have potential employment opportunities in both cities. Interestingly, we are also thinking of moving to Nova Scotia, or at least splitting our time between the two. We were in N.S. last June and absolutely loved it. I was in Ecuador in November and December and absolutely loved it.

    How would you compare your lives in the two locations – what were the best and worst aspects of living in each? Why did you decide to return to Canada?

    Leonard in the United States

  • Leo Mar 15, 2015, 10:17 am

    This is a question for Dena. We enjoy your blog, full of good info on living in Ecuador. But there is one thing missing, which my wife always asks: What is the “shopping” like?

    • Lourdes Marie Mar 16, 2015, 5:07 pm

      Hello Leo’s wife,

      I am happy to share with you.
      You asked about the “shopping” I know you mean shopping for clothes. I found that the most expensive commodity in Ecuador is clothing. The reason could be they are mostly imports. All the Malls and small Boutiques carry the latest and trendy fashions however, they are highly priced for North Americans. Their clothing is expensive for me a Canadian. I have visited different cities, including the well known cities such as Quito, Santo Domingo and Cuenca and other smaller cities and have observed the prices.
      I really love Ecuador and have visited the country twice. I have been to the well known cities such as Quito, Cuenca and Santo Domingo, along to other smaller towns and villages.
      You just have to visit…

      Glad to share,

      Lourdes Marie

  • Patrick Trussell Mar 14, 2015, 6:08 pm

    How much per night at the hotel ?
    Thanks, Pat

  • Joe Mar 14, 2015, 4:02 pm

    WOW! Hard to believe there are 3 lane roads in Ecuador. Of course I lived and worked in Quito in the late 50s and again in 65-66. When I drove from Quito to Cuenca and beyond the roads were only 2 lane, dirt roads. Beautiful pictures of Azogues. I really enjoy your emails and info about how much things have changed in Ecuador.

  • Lou Lutz Mar 14, 2015, 3:44 pm

    I looked at all the pictures folks A nice clean little city ,I do think that I could actually handle that sort of a city,and even drive in it without too much difficulty. The Hotel Paraiso Is a nice attractive place o stay . I would suspect a place equivalent to that in Halifax would be 160.00 or 170.00 a night, Very nice indeed. have fun the three of you.
    Cheers Lou. (Eric)

  • MaryAnn Saffery Mar 14, 2015, 2:40 pm

    Thank you for these beautiful photos. Azogues looks like a nice city, and amazingly clean! I’m living in Mexico where the big cities like Guadalajara are clean, but the suburban towns are not. The roads in Ecuador look amazingly like roads in the USA. Sadly the roads here are scary, even most of the highways. I continue to enjoy your blog. How does your family in Canada feel about you living abroad? Do they visit? Just curious.

  • Jon Poland Mar 14, 2015, 1:08 pm

    Nice Article Dena. I hadn’t heard about Azogues but now I want to check it out next time I’m back in the country.

  • Jerry Anderson Mar 14, 2015, 12:38 pm

    Thanks for the nice article and pictures of Azogues. it looks like a nice town to explore the next time we stay in Cuenca. We are in the process (as are many others) of looking at living in Cuenca or the surrounding area on a part time basis initially, maybe full time later on. We really appreciate the information you provide to us “wannabe” residents of EC.

  • chris hoggard Mar 14, 2015, 12:34 pm

    Great pictures we were there late last year and I agree very warm and friendly feeling

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