This self-guided walking tour is great for a half day of exploring Cuenca with your family. Whether you have a morning or an afternoon this tour will put you in the right place at the right time.
We have done this walk many times, it’s one of our favorites.
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Half Day Kid-Friendly Walking Tour of Cuenca
After breakfast/lunch head to Parque de la Madre on Avenida Doce de Abril, where this walking tour starts.
Fun at the Park and a Walk Along the River
Assuming it’s around 9:00 am (or 1:00 pm) when you arrive at the park and you spend around an hour there, at around 10:00 am (2:00 pm) you’ll head across Doce de Abril and turn left to take a nice walk along the Tomebamba river.
This is a picturesque walk and there is a wide sidewalk with some benches.
Within about 15 minutes (you will see Banco Pichincha on your left, turn right and cross the bridge over the Tomebamba river, this will be the second bridge you come to) you’ll reach the stone steps leading up to Calle Larga.
When you reach the top of the steps just keep walking up the hill and go straight across Calle Larga. You will be on Benigno Malo.
Ice Cream and Feeding the Pigeons At Parque Calderon
Within four blocks you will reach Parque Calderon. All around the park you will see beautiful colonial architecture!
It will probably be getting close to 11:00 am (3:00 pm) when you arrive at the park. The kids might want to grab an ice-cream to enjoy in the park. We really like Tutto Freddos/Nice Cream, they have lots of flavors of both hard and soft ice-cream.
If that sounds good just keep walking Benigno Malo with the park on your right, as you near the next street (Simon Bolivar) Totto Freddos will be on the corner to your left. The ice cream will help keep the kids tummies from growling during the shopping you’ll be doing before lunch.
We often pick up some bread to feed the pigeons at Parque Calderon. There is a bakery called Panesa near Totto Freddos where you could grab some and head back to the park. To get to Panesa just turn left as you come out of Tutto Freddos and cross Simon Bolivar, you will still be on Benigno Malo and the bakery will be half way down the block on your left. Mom will probably notice the Payless shoe store on the right.
Now that you have your ice-cream and bread, you can head back and enjoy some time at Parque Calderon (turn to your right as you come out of the bakery).
Outdoor Flower Market and Cultural Shopping
Around 11:45 am (3:45 pm) you’ll be heading toward the flower market. To get there head toward the Catedral de la Inmaculada Conception (the one with the famous blue domes) and walk toward the left corner. You will cross the street and be on Mariscal Sucre. As you walk with the Caterdal on your right you will see the flower market on your left. As you cross the street and walk into the market notice how the air smells.
After enjoying the flowers for a little while walk down Mariscal Sucre a little farther (away from Parque Calderon) at the end of the block (you will be on the far corner of the flower market) turn left. As you turn onto Padre Aguirre you will see shops selling cultural clothing and souvenirs on your right. As you walk a little farther you will see a large open market, this is the San Francisco market.
Turn right into the market as soon as you come to it (the street you will be walking is San Francisco) continue straight, the next street you come to is General Torres, cross it and you will be in front of Casa de la Mujer. Casa de la Mujer is a covered shopping center where you will find something for everyone in the family.
After about an hours worth of shopping you’ll probably want to get something to eat. We usually head back to Tutto Freddos for pizza, or for something traditional, Raymipampa which is right next to Tutto Freddos.
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