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My 3 Favorite Parks in Cuenca Ecuador (An Expat Kids Perspective)

Posted in: Cuenca Ecuador, Ecuador Travel, Living in Ecuador, Traveling Kids

I love the parks here in Cuenca! Why don’t I tell you about some of them?

My 3 Favorite Parks in Cuenca Ecuador

1. Parque Calderon (Center of Cuenca)

Parque Calderon is in the center of the city. It is a very pretty park with trees and benches and flowers. It smells really nice because of all the flowers.

There are a few ice cream shops, a couple bakeries and a few other shops around the park. At Parque Calderon you can hear music, birds chirping and people taking and laughing.

Parque Calderon, Cuenca Ecuador

Parque Calderon, Cuenca Ecuador

Video of a Typical Day in Cuenca, Ecuador

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2. Parque Paraíso (Cuenca’s Largest Park)

Parque Paraíso (Paradise Park) is a very nice, big park. It has a playground and a running track. I really like to bring my dog Chica there, she loves to run in the grass.

It has paddle boats and a path that goes down by the river. You can go up a trail in the woods too, it’s really pretty! There aren’t restaurants around Parque Paraíso like there are around Parque Calderon. But there are a few street vendors. We normally just bring a picnic.


Paradise Park, Cuenca Ecuador


River by Paradise Park, Cuenca

3. Parque de la Madre (Playgrounds by the River)

Parque de la Madre is kind-of like Parque Paraíso on a small scale. It has small jungle gyms and lots of fun things! It also has a small running track. About 5 minutes away from Parque de la Madre there is a small mall called Millennium Plaza.

After we go to the park sometimes we go there to get an ice cream. Yum! There is also a nice theater there, and they have good hot dogs! :^) Sometimes we walk up to the center from Parque de la Madre because it’s a nice walk. They just built a huge parking garage under the park – it will be reopening very soon.

All parks in Cuenca are nice, but I think my favorite is Parque Paraíso. I love all the big jungle gyms and the swings too. They can go really high!

There are also a lot of other parks, too many to name. These are just some of my favorites!

I hope that if you get to come to Cuenca, you will be able to go to these beautiful parks too! Thank you for reading!

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Meet the Author

Drew Haines is an animal enthusiast, travel writer, and content marketer. She loves to share her passion through her writing. She is the founder and owner of EverywhereWild Media, EverywhereWild, and co-founder and owner of JustBirding. She also writes on GringosAbroad and Storyteller Travel. She lived in Ecuador for 6 years and explored the Galapagos Islands. Currently based in N.S., Canada.

15 comments… add one
  • Valentine Dumoulin Sep 13, 2013, 7:48 pm

    Love to go to the park in november hope to see you there

  • Terry Doyle Mar 6, 2013, 7:39 pm

    Very nice, Drew!
    Good pictures and a story of one of the very important things in Cuenca. I can see why Chica loves Parque Paraiso, really a doggy paradise in the city. Thanks for taking the time to put this together for everyone to enjoy.

  • Marilyn D Jan 8, 2013, 8:45 pm

    sounds great plan to visit real soon

  • Stewart Dec 9, 2012, 8:03 am

    Dear Drew,
    The video in your parks article is a nice touch. I believe it was taken from
    a restaurant’s 2nd floor with their music? Very nice. Something typical you
    show is how people cross the street. It’s similar in Quito only with a lot
    more traffic.

    Pedestrians cross when they can. They look to see it’s safe, but not always.
    Car drivers really have to be careful not to have accidents with pedestrians.

    In general the parks sound wonderful. I hope in February my family and I can
    visit Cuenca to experience them!

    Take care.

  • Dave Wheeler Dec 7, 2012, 5:54 am

    Very interesting Drew. Keep Big John and Papa out of the rivers or there will be no fish left. lol!!! Really enjoying your Blog. Take care.

  • Cheree Butt Dec 4, 2012, 10:12 am

    Good job Drew.I really like the parks in Cuenca also. Especially when I am with you.I love the rivers and the beautiful flowers. It is a nice place to spend some time relaxing and enjoying the beauty around us and having a picnic together.I look forward to doing it again.Keep up the good work.


  • laila Dec 1, 2012, 8:10 am

    Hello, I have seen lots of amazing stuff here that just makes my family want to move there more! I am an eleven year old girl living in and old weird town just outside Ottawa. But Cuenca sounds like a great place. We should be going there in three years. I think that is a long time but my mom says the time will fly faster than you think. I still think it’s a long time away but your blog makes me know it’s worth the wait so thank you.

  • Dennis Fahey Nov 30, 2012, 5:00 pm

    Thanks for another informative post. Please keep ’em coming!

  • Papa Nov 27, 2012, 6:42 am

    You are a great advocate for Cuenca. Nice descriptions of the parks. Hot dogs and ice cream sound like a good side trip on an excursion to Parque de la Madre. (that’s the kind of detail I like in a report)

  • Mark Franklin Nov 24, 2012, 7:49 am

    Great info!

  • Big John Nov 24, 2012, 5:29 am

    These are relly beutiful parks Drew I can see why you love to spend time in them and Chica must enjoy being able to run and chase you around there
    Betutiful river, any fish in the river
    till next time love to you and your family
    from BJ

  • Nana Nov 23, 2012, 8:14 am

    I love the parks in Ecuador. I especially like Parque Calderon where you can people watch, see beautiful plants & watch the birds, especially the hummingbirds. Looking forward to being there again soon. Great Blog, Drew.

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