Cuenca, Ecuador – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

The third largest city in Ecuador.

2500 meters above sea-level (8,200 ft) so altitude sickness can occur. A popular tourist destination, but not as overrun as Cusco, Peru or Boquete, Panama. Although the city may be too small to meet many women on a long timeline, Cuenca is still a beautiful city and is definitely worth a stop!

POPULATION: 500,000

 

IS CUENCA SAFE?

‘Tis pretty safe here in Cuenca. Much safer than Quito or Guayaquil. I’d keep an eye out for thieves though.

Where there’s tourists, there’s ladrones.


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RENT AN APARTMENT IN CUENCA

$500 will allow you comfort. When the gringos rushed in and bought property in Cuenca a few years ago, apartment and house prices were driven quite high.

 

NIGHTLIFE IN CUENCA

6.25/10 

I’ll give it a pass. Cuenca has a modest selection of bars and discos, but they are pretty tame. The good thing is that it’s considerably safer to hit the town here than it is in other Ecuadorian cities, so you can let your guard down a bit.

I recommend: 2 Dos.

 

 COST OF LIVING IN CUENCA

The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.

*Figures are listed in USD

You’ll need a minimum of $920 USD/month to live in Cuenca, Ecuador

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Likely my favourite city in Ecuador. Unfortunately, for me, that isn’t saying much. It’s a good size city in the sense that it’s not so big to be overwhelming, but not so small that you can’t stay anonymous. It’s also a reasonably attractive city, with impressive architecture and surrounding natural beauty. Cuenca would be a good place to chill out and live for awhile, but if your looking for vibrant nightlife, you should give it a miss.


OVERALL RATING: 6.25/10


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