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The Flower Market: Prettiest Spot in Cuenca Ecuador (Video)

Posted in: Cuenca Ecuador, Ecuador Travel

One of our favorite places in Cuenca is the flower market. It’s beautiful! I enjoy visiting the flower market regularly because I’ve noticed that Bryan and Drew find it very hard to resist buying me roses. 🙂

Flower market Cuenca Ecuador

Prettiest Spot in Cuenca?

Cuenca is a city full of culture and beauty with it’s beautiful parks and architecture. But if I were asked where the prettiest spot in Cuenca is I would have to say the flower market.

Selling at the flower market looks like a nice job. I’m sure there is a lot of hard work involved and some worry about selling “fresh” flowers, but this looks pretty good to me. Sitting outside surrounded by beautiful flowers, meeting people and seeing their day brightened by your flowers!

Cuenca Ecuador flower market vendor relaxing

There are so many different kinds of flowers in a relativity small area, so much color and a fresh smell that picks you up. I can’t help but feel happy walking through the flower market.

flowers at Cuenca flower market

The Atmosphere at Cuenca’s Flower Market

The atmosphere is gorgeous as well.

People linger and mingle among the flower stands, smiling and smelling,  pointing and picking up the flowers, arranging them into beautiful bouquets.

There is a fountain nearby where many like to stop, splash around a bit and cool off. We see older gentlemen sitting across from the market playing cards laughing and visiting.

The flower market makes such a lovely setting people can’t resist taking photos. We’ve seen film crews there a few times as well.

The flower market in Cuenca Ecuador

There is a nice spot to sit under a tree and take it all in.

Cuenca Ecuador flower market

You can buy flowers separately and make your own arrangement or pick from the many arrangements on display. A dozen roses cost around $2.00.

Cuenca flower market looking at flowers

How To Find The Flower Market

The flower market is located near Parque Calderon – just a block away. You’ll find it on Mariscal Sucre in the Plazoleta del Carmen, in front of the church El Carmen de la Asunción across from the Catedral de la Inmaculada Conception.

Cuenca’s Flower Market Video

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It’s located between Parque Calderon and the San Francisco market. Just past the San Francisco market you’ll find Casa de la Mujer, so the flower market makes a nice stop while sightseeing and shopping.

Flower market Cuenca Ecuador

What do you think? Is the flower market the prettiest spot in Cuenca?

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

14 comments… add one
  • Jim Apr 1, 2018, 8:15 pm

    These posts make me miss Ecuador. We bought from this flower market a few times.

  • tonia gould Jan 6, 2016, 2:58 pm

    Moved to Cuenca four months ago. Am negotiating with the hotel kitty corner from the flower market for a long term apartment rental for all the reasons you all have stated…It’s just beautiful…all year long. Can you imagine just throwing open those palladian doors to your terrace over looking that flower market? Heaven……:)

  • Cary Riggs Apr 18, 2015, 11:28 am

    Love flowers! Looking forward to the markets when we arrive in June. My wife and I doing a one month stay to see if it’s a match for us when I retire from teaching next year. Thank you for writing about it!

  • Lois Anne Smith Oct 18, 2014, 10:07 pm

    I love flowers and am moving down there within the next 6 weeks. But have so much to do yet. But wonder if I can
    get seeds to plant some flowers, because I am going to have the most fabulous back yard in Ecuador. Or should I
    buy seeds here????

    • Bryan Haines Oct 20, 2014, 8:46 am

      Generally speaking, transporting seeds across borders can be problematic. We’ve seen seed packets and transplants – you won’t have a problem making a beautiful backyard. 🙂

  • Richard A Mageau Mar 2, 2014, 2:36 pm

    Trying to buy flowers at the market, in January, I thought the lady said it was six dollars so I took out a five $ bill and a one dollar coin. She saw this in my hands and immediately told me it was NOT six, but three dollars. She then added a few flowers more to the bouquet she had finished preparing!!!
    Can you imagine any seller anywhere in North America doing this? It is one reason we are applying for a residency visa!

  • Kristina Holdorf Feb 12, 2014, 9:30 am

    I owned a florist in Melbourne and would often buy the ecuadorian roses for brides bouquets! These are some of the most exquistie and perfect roses you have seen!

  • Cilia Engelhardt Feb 11, 2014, 8:31 pm

    I just came back from Ecuador. I was in Quito and Cuenca. Our flight from Cuenca to Quito was cancelled because of the volcano eruption. We travel by car and had the opportunity to see a lot of Ecuador. It is a beautiful country and its people are very hard working people and very friendly. I felt safe at all times. I will go back next winter to get to know more about this wonderful country. If you are planning to retire to this country I will advise you to visit first because it may not be a country for everyone. We americans are very spoiled. You will need to give up a lot of the comfort that we are used to have in America.

  • Thomas Graves Feb 7, 2014, 1:06 pm

    Bought beautiful 25 long stem roses at market for $5,,,,,,, didn’t haggle price cheap enough,,,,,,, couple of years ago

  • Debbie King Feb 6, 2014, 1:57 pm

    Ecuador is a flower lover’s paradise. I bought beautiful flowers at this market. Right next to the church and the Otovalanian Market. Best flower prices I found were at the market in Cotocachi. $1 for a dozen roses. Cuenca is more expensive that other places in Ecuador (still super cheap compared to US). But Cuenca is also more sophisticated ;-))

  • Debbie Alexander Jan 30, 2014, 8:15 pm

    Lovely — heading there in March & will definetly check it out

    • Dena Haines Feb 4, 2014, 5:21 pm

      All the best with your trip in March!

      Thanks for commenting.

  • Geri Campbell Jan 30, 2014, 10:51 am

    I can’t wait to be at the flower market. I try to get myself fresh flowers all the time here in Portland, OR, but this looks like a much better price! I love flowers. We are trying to move down to Cuenca, whenever our house sells!
    We can’t wait!

    • Dena Haines Feb 4, 2014, 5:24 pm

      The prices are really good. And it’s a nice place to just sit and drink everything in 🙂

      All the best with your plans to move.

      Thanks for your comment.

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