Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca, kent offeecially as Santa Ana de los cuatro ríos de Cuenca, is the third lairgest ceety in Ecuador bi population, which totals 329,928. It is the caipital o the Azuay Province. It is locatit in the hielands o Ecuador at aboot 2500 m abuin sea level. The centre o the ceety is leetit as a UNESCO Warld Heritage Steid acause o its mony historical biggins.

Cuenca
Ceety
Santa Ana de Los Cuatro Ríos de Cuenca
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Banner o Cuenca
Banner
Coat of airms o Cuenca
Coat airms
Eik-name(s): 
Atenas del Ecuador (Athens of Ecuador)
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Coordinates: 2°53′57″S 79°00′55″W / 2.89917°S 79.01528°W / -2.89917; -79.01528
KintraEcuador
ProvinceAzuay
CantonCuenca Canton
Foondit12 Aprile 1557
Foondit biGil Ramírez Dávalos
Named forCuenca, Spain
Parishes
Govrenment
 • MayorPedro Palacios Ullauri
Area
 • Ceety67.71 km2 (26.14 sq mi)
Elevation
2560 m (8,400 ft)
Highest elevation
2550 m (8,370 ft)
Lowest elevation
2350 m (7,710 ft)
Population
 (2010)INEC
 • Ceety329,928
 • Density4,900/km2 (13,000/sq mi)
 • Metro
661,685
Time zoneUTC-5 (ECT)
DemonymCuencanos
WebsiteOfficial website

Geografie an locationEedit

Cuenca, caipital o the province o Azuay, is locatit in the sierra o the Andes in the Austro or soothren region o Ecuador. It is approximately nine oors sooth o Quito an fower oors east o Guayaquil. The ceety ranges frae 2,350 tae 2,550 meters abuin sea level.

The dominant features o the ceety's geography are an aa the soorce o its name in Spainyie: the fower rivers o Cuenca (meanin a basin made bi a confluence o rivers). These rivers are the Tomebamba (named efter the Cañari cultur), Yanuncay, Tarqui an Machangara, in order o importance. The first three o these rivers oreeginate in the Páramo o Parque Nacional Cajas tae the wast o the ceety. These fower rivers are pairt o the Amazon river watershed. Cuenca is surroondit bi muntains on aww sides, wi passes tae the wast, sooth an east.

ParishesEedit

Cuenca Canton contains the follaein parishes: