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Cuenca is the capital of the Azuay Province in southern Ecuador. Besides being a beautiful city with colonial architecture, Cuenca has an active ex-pat community and is a major seller of Panama hats. Cuenca is also known for its large number of well-preserved historical sights. When Ecuador achieved independence, Cuenca became the capital of one of three provinces that made up the nascent republic. On a tour of Cuenca, stroll along its cobblestone streets, visit its historical churches buildings and colonial-era mansions. Nearby Cuenca is the El Cajas National Park and the Ingapirca ruins. We recommending including these sites on any Cuenca tour. In the Cajas National Park, you can go hiking and birdwatching, or mountain biking. At the Ingapirca ruins, you can view the largest site of Inca ruins in Ecuador. While visiting Cuenca, customize your Ecuador tour to include a stop in the Galapagos Islands or a visit to the one-of-a-kind Cloud Forest.
Update: Ecuador Covid-19 Travel – Ecuador is open for travel again!
Ecuador has reopened to tourists and we’re delighted to be planning trips again.
|Travelers who can prove they’ve been vaccinated do not need a test to enter mainland Ecuador. Otherwise, an antigen or PCR test is required.|
|Additionally, an antigen test may be carried out on arrival in Ecuador|
|A health declaration must be presented on arrival in Ecuador|
|Galapagos Islands require a PCR test, regardless of vaccination status.|
|See full details at IATA Travel Centre|
|Most international flights have resumed, including from the USA, Canada and Europe.|
|Domestic flights are operating|
|Updated Mar 22, 2021|
Elsewhere in South America
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|Open without quarantine?||Covid-19 test required before travel?|
|Antarctica||See entry country details (Argentina or Chile)||–|
|Bolivia||YES||Yes – PCR (72hrs) if not fully vaccinated|
|Brazil||YES||Must be fully vaccinated (12 years+) or Antigen or PCR – 24hrs prior to boarding flight|
|Chile||YES||Proof of full vaccination required (6 years+)
Negative PCR test, taken maximum 72 hours before boarding final leg of flight to Chile
|Colombia||YES||PCR (72hrs) required if not fully vaccinated|
|Ecuador & Galapagos||YES||Must be fully vaccinated (12 years+)|
|Paraguay||YES||Yes (PCR or LAMP)|
|Peru & Machu Picchu||YES||Proof of vaccination required (12 years+)
If not fully vaccinated, PCR Test required within 48 hours of planned departure to Peru
|Updated May 12, 2022
See IATA Travel Centre for more detail
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