Parque Paraiso (Paradise Park): Cuenca Ecuador's Largest Park

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When we lived in Canada we had a house with a nice backyard. Our backyard had some playground equipment, a hammock, a fire pit, trees and green grass. It was like we had our own little park so we didn’t go to the park much.

Things changed when we moved to Cuenca Ecuador.

Parque Paraiso water view

Parque Paraiso in Cuenca Ecuador

Cuenca was the first city we had ever lived in and when we moved we didn’t buy, we rented an apartment. We no longer had a little park of our own, so public parks became a highlight of our family outings. Thankfully Cuenca has lots of parks, some big ones and lots of small ones. We are never all that far from a park in Cuenca.

Parque Paraiso river view

The Largest Park In Cuenca Ecuador

Parque Paraiso, (Paradise Park) is the largest park in Cuenca. It’s very spacious with walking trails, a duck/paddle boat pond, playground equipment, a running track, open spaces for a friendly game of soccer (foot ball), exercise equipment, lots of trees, flowers, bushes and soft green grass.

Parque Paraiso pond

Parque-Paraiso foot ball

We’ve been at the park on busy and quieter days. On the busy days it can feel a little crowed around the playground equipment but as you walk around you loose that feeling because the green space is large and open.

Parque-Paraiso field

Things To Do At The Park

On a typical day at Parque Paraiso you will see people walking their dogs, having  pick-nicks, playing soccer, running the track, walking along the river, kids enjoying the playground equipment (no age limit like at Parque de la Madre) and the little race track, people selling cotton candy or bubbles for the kids.

Parque-Paraiso slides

Parque-Paraiso excercise equipment

The last time we were there we really enjoyed watching the hummingbirds and taking pictures.

Parque-Paraiso humming bird

Both the Tomebamba and Yanuncay rivers run through the park. Who doesn’t love to listen to a river flowing by? It just sounds so peaceful.

Parque-Paraiso lake

There are not many restaurants, cafes or stores near this park, you might want to keep that in mind when planning out your day.

Parque-Paraiso ducks

How To Find Parque Paraiso

We usually go down Avenida 10 de Agosto, swing around the traffic circle just in front of the park and enter the parking lot off to the right. The park is at the end of Avenida 10 de Agosto where the Tomebama and Yanuncay rivers meet. All the cab drivers know where the park is, so no worries about giving them directions.

Parque-Paraiso bryan and dena

Parque-Paraiso flowers

Have you visited Parque Paraiso? Please tell us about it below.

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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.

24 comments… add one
  • Adam Mileusnic Jan 5, 2015, 11:01 am

    Hi Dena,

    So great to come across your blog. My partner and I (he’s Ecuadorian) are planning a big move from Manchester, UK to Cuenca later this year to open a cafe bar and be nearer his family in Guayaquil. Although I’ve been before, it’s been a few years and your site is proving to be a wealth of useful information!

    Brilliant to connect with you and I’ll keep an eye out for more of your posts!

    Gracias por su ayuda y esfuerzo!
    Adam

  • joy Mar 4, 2014, 8:36 am

    Hi, enjoying reading your blog, we are visiting cuenca now for about 2 weeks and enjoying ourselves. Looking forward to checking out Parque paraiso today. We found parque Del LA madre yesterday, and my sons loved the zip line.

  • David Jan 25, 2014, 3:17 pm

    Hi Brian and Dena.

    My family has followed your blog for quite a while, ever since we decided to live in Ecuador for six months. This is our scouting trip, we are seriously considering moving here. We lived in Salinas for two months and now we are here in Cuenca. We love it here. We were only going to spend two months here in Cuenca but we like it too much. We recently visited Parque Paraiso as well…beautiful!!! Whereabouts in Canada are you from? We are from Vancouver. Keep up the great writing, we love your blog.

    • Bryan Haines Jan 29, 2014, 12:25 pm

      We are from Nova Scotia. We’re so happy that your enjoying Cuenca and our blog. All the best!

  • Victoria McBride Nov 30, 2013, 2:23 am

    Thoroughly enjoying Gringos Abroad. I’d like to change my email address to find your newsletter quicker.
    Please change it to : ******* (edited for privacy) Thanks, Vicki

  • Morris and Damaris Brown Oct 25, 2013, 11:46 pm

    Hello Haines Family,
    We saw you on House Hunters International and stumbled across your pics while researching about life in Ecuador. We will be coming to visit soon. We’d love to have your feedback on a nice hotel to stay in that is
    @ $30.00 U.S. per nt or less. Clean and in safe area are our two concerns. We did find one that looks very nice. We’ll look it up and mention the name of the hotel next time we write. While we’re there we may need help touring to get an on-the-ground idea of how much rental properties are going for in various areas of the city of Cuenca. We do have friends there but we haven’t met them yet. Not sure what their availability is like, but we’ll find out soon. I think we have some friends here in Atlanta who may know your family. Their names are Bob and Linda Saia. They are here doing volunteer work for a few years. Look forward to hearing any feedback you can give us. Thanks a Bunch. The Browns

    • Bryan Haines Oct 31, 2013, 6:41 am

      Hi Morris and Damaris – I don’t have contact for hotels. It’s been years since we stayed in one in Cuenca. We would love to hear your feedback on the option you find and choose.

      I don’t know Bob and Linda – at least their name isn’t familiar. Sorry.

      All the best on your plans!

      Bryan

  • Kathryn McCullough Oct 17, 2013, 4:40 pm

    I’ve not yet been to this one. If fact, I hadn’t heard about it. Looks gorgeous.

    • Dena Haines Oct 22, 2013, 2:32 pm

      I hope you get a chance to go soon. It’s a beautiful park!

  • Mcooks Oct 17, 2013, 11:43 am

    We live within a 20-minute walk of Parque Paraiso, so I take as many walks through the park as I can. It is beautiful, and has lots of things to do, if you like, or one can find a little peace and quiet at the north end of the park. There is a cute little gazebo towards the end, and lots of birds. A nice respite from the city. 🙂

    • Dena Haines Oct 22, 2013, 2:50 pm

      Yes, it’s so nice to be able to go to a park and relax. The city has beautiful architecture and lots of great areas to walk around and explore but sometimes you just need a little nature.

  • Nor Jones Oct 17, 2013, 11:40 am

    Our long planed vacation to Ecuador is almost here. We will arrive in Quito on Nov 20th. We will check out the area and then come to Cuenca on Nov. 23rd where we will stay a week. We will be at Casa Ordonez. Looking forward to meeting expats and learning about living in Cuenca.

    • Dena Haines Oct 22, 2013, 2:52 pm

      You must be getting excited, Nov 20th will be here soon. All the best with your trip!

  • Larry Oct 17, 2013, 9:18 am

    any trout fishing near Cuenca?

  • Eric Oct 17, 2013, 8:28 am

    Brian, Dina, Drew wonderful pictures indeed, i am do please that you have a bit of creation to walk in and not all city, concrete, brick etc. That is exactly what I would miss most is country living. I love it, of course growing a veggie garden each spring is one of my loves of life. I have been doing it since I was small boy .
    It is such a wonderful thing to watch a seed sprout in the fresh spring soil and then mature into a bean or a pea pod, then to pick these fresh veggies and taste the new freshness of the harvest, That is a joy that I cherish dearly. I could not do that in a city. Have good family life you three. Eric.

    • Dena Haines Oct 22, 2013, 2:56 pm

      Hi Eric,

      We really like planting things in pots on our back deck. Drew has a real green thumb, everything she plants does well. She found some cotton stuck in a fence not that long ago. As she was looking at it she found some seeds inside so she put them in a pot, now she has cotton plants growing in her bedroom. I think we will be planting some tomato plants soon…

  • Trude Adriaan Hunter Oct 17, 2013, 8:25 am

    The photographs are absolutely breathtaking and very inviting. Looking forward to spend time there!

    • Dena Haines Oct 22, 2013, 3:00 pm

      Thanks Trude, I hope you like the park as much as we do.

  • Russell Bath Oct 17, 2013, 8:21 am

    Hi, you two.
    I’m a subscriber, and I love your postcards. My wife and I will be moving to Cuenca sometime in late February. Maybe we’ll see you around. You mentioned two rivers in the park. Part of my retirement was going to be indulging in some fishing. Can anybody just throw a line in the rivers there in town? Are there fish to be had? Does the city have an ordinance against fishing except in certain places? Riding a bus home with a stringer of fish would be a bit awkward.
    We appreciate your website and the information. It sure beats learning it all the hard-knock way.
    Russ

  • Michael M Oct 17, 2013, 7:38 am

    This park is so beautiful and well cared for..love it. I can see you guys wearing warm jackets..is it that cold out there man?
    Cheers

    • Bryan Haines Oct 17, 2013, 2:19 pm

      Depends on the day – and the time of day. Sometimes we need a light jacket. But often it warms up so much that an hour later we are all in short sleeves.

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