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.
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.
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 (football), exercise equipment, lots of trees, flowers, bushes and soft green grass.
We’ve been at the park on busy and quieter days. On the busy days it can feel a little crowded around the playground equipment but as you walk around you lose that feeling because the green space is large and open.
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.
The last time we were there we really enjoyed watching the hummingbirds and taking pictures.
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.
There are not many restaurants, cafes or stores near this park, you might want to keep that in mind when planning out your day.
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 Tomebamba and Yanuncay rivers meet. All the cab drivers know where the park is, so no worries about giving them directions.
Have you visited Parque Paraiso? Please tell us about it below.