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Driving in Cuenca Ecuador: Avenida Primero de Mayo

Posted in: Cuenca Ecuador, Living in Ecuador

This is part of a new series featuring the main areas of Cuenca, Ecuador with HD wide-angle video posts. Let’s go for a drive along Avenida Primero de Mayo in Cuenca, Ecuador!


On this drive, we start on Avenida de las Americas and travel down Primero de Mayo. On the left, is the Yanuncay River.

As we come to the end of the video, we arrive at the redondel tres puentes (Three Bridges Rotary) and turn right onto Avenida Don Bosco.

What’s Nearby on Primero de Mayo?

This road is great for walkers. There is a nice sidewalk – separated from the main road and runs along the Yanuncay river. There are many green areas and parks the length of the road.

Driving Avenida Primero de Mayo in Cuenca, Ecuador

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Bryan Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Travel.

8 comments… add one
  • Al Timm May 25, 2015, 11:48 pm

    Always glad to team your blogs.
    How are you dealing with the medical condition?
    Any progress?

  • Stewart Apr 22, 2015, 2:20 pm

    Hello Bryan,

    Nice, but I would like to add a few shots of the actual Rio Yanuncay and Parque Lineal Yanuncay would have been nice. When we were in Cuenca visiting and missed you we visited “Parque de la Madre” closer to downtown.

    Very nice, well kept with security guards and a free planetarium. I found Cuencanos to be more respectful than Quitenos of their parks and facilities in general.

    I would like to see a driving video through some downtown streets with the historical architecture.

    Best regards,


  • roger Apr 22, 2015, 8:02 am

    You picked a good time, not much traffic for your video and enjoyed as much easier to notice things when a passenger rather than the driver. I particularly enjoyed how smooth you went over the speed hump but the homes, the tall wispy trees, and more all show some of the great views of Cuenca. I hope that your health ailments allow you to return to Ecuador in the future, as the perspectives you, your daughter, and wife have shared are wonderful snapshots, and I have enjoyed reading.
    Now if you had time to shoot another video out on the highway, going to Loja maybe we could see some new material for the next fast and furious movie with two buses and a truck passing at the same time.
    There is another story to be told about where you are now. The honesty, and the ethical values of many Canadians are not to be taken for granted, and some in Latin America lament how different your native culture is from the corruption they face each day. Just as we learn many things from our Latin American neighbors, there are good things they could learn from visiting you in Canada too. Ecuador in general has a lot less corruption than many of it’s neighbors and that could be another story line but it still is different from Canada, and I am not Canadian, but respect your country.
    I hope the doctors can find a cure, so you can ride tall in the saddle back in those Andes mountains once again.

  • Mary Apr 21, 2015, 3:19 pm

    We have done extensive research on mostly Cuenca. So looking forward to relocating and retiring there. An awesome place.

  • Skybuddha Apr 19, 2015, 3:28 pm

    Bryan, Your last mail, you had mentioned that you and your family had repatriated back to Canada leaving Cuenca for good. Are you back in Cuenca?

  • Rob Hertzenberg Apr 19, 2015, 3:07 pm

    Thanks, Bryan!

    I moved to a condo at Primera de Mayo and Filipe ll less than a month ago, so this is a nice video to share with my family back in the States. Hope all is well in Canada and sorry I missed meeting you before you left!

  • Andy Juell Apr 18, 2015, 9:42 am

    Hi folks…be VERY interested in a look around Blacksmiths Road. My friend Frank and I (semi-retired) are both blacksmiths/farriers in the US. Considering a move there. Plans may include opening another shop, but not as a for-profit venture, but rather as a cross-cultural kind of sharing experience of sorts. Plus, it seems retiring here (US) may be tedious at best. We’re not interested in lifestyle per se…if you get my drift — meaning we don’t care to bring American culture and trappings with us. All tentative, but we’re kicking it up a notch and planning an exploratory trip this year. Would greatly appreciate any and all input. Thanks!

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