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Cuenca, Ecuador


About Ecuador

Residing on the eastern coast of South America, Ecuador is a culturally rich and increasingly

diverse country. Many ancient tribes settled in the area for thousands of years before eventually

incorporating themselves into the Inca Empire in the 15th century. Many of the original

buildings and landmarks still exist today.

Ecuador is divided up into several provinces, and four main regions: La Costa, La Sierra, La

Amazonia, and La Region Insular, also known as the Galapagos Islands. This broad range of

climates and ecosystems, Ecuador is home to the most biodiversity per square kilometer of any


Study in Ecuador

No matter the time of year, you won’t have to travel far for warm sun and cold nights. But if the

weather isn’t enough to convince you to visit Ecuador, perhaps the language courses will entice

you. Ecuadorian Spanish is a dialect that is soft and easy to understand, making the area perfect

for learning and practice.

The region’s diverse culture is a unique blend of indigenous, African and European traditions.

These influences directly inspire the full range of food and music. You will find numerous

delicacies from around and the world. Ecuador’s national musical genre is pasillo, a two

hundred-year-old tradition that remains popular today!


Santa Ana de los Cuatro Rios de Cuenca, or simply Cuenca, is considered the most European

city in all of Ecuador. It is located in the highlands of the country and sits almost as high as

Quito. The city is also known for its textile manufacturing and exporting flowers to the United

States and Europe.

The University of Cuenca was established in 1867 and is the third oldest in Ecuador. As the city

grew, more universities were built, which prompted the National Assembly of Ecuador to name

Cuenca as the “City of Universities” in 2011. For sights and sounds, head to the historic area,

which is compact and easy to navigate!


Quito is the capital of Ecuador, and second-most populated in the country. It sits high above

most major cities, and with an elevation of 9,350 feet, it is the second most elevated capital and

the closest city to the equator. It rests in the Guayllabamba river basin near an active


Quito’s historic center is one of the largest, oldest, and best preserved in the Americas. There are

many old buildings and statues in the city, including the Virgin de Quito in El Panecillo, and the

Basilica del Voto Nacional. For a vibrant nightlife, head to La Mariscal or Plaza Foch. Both have

plenty going on to keep you entertained.


Guayaquil is Ecuador’s largest city and its main port. Initially founded as a native village almost

500 years ago, it is now an international hub for trade, business, agriculture, and aquaculture.

Being another city close to the equator, Guayaquil experiences consistently warm weather year-


You can stroll the boardwalk overlooking the Guayas river, which stretches for nearly two miles

and offers views of many historical monuments. Currently undergoing an urban renewal project,

the area on the west shore is also a lively spot for food, entertainment, bars, and even an IMAX


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