I think I love Cuenca most because it is an extremely walkable place, unlike most cities in Ecuador. Crossing the street did not come with the fear that cars would run you over before noticing you were even there. Many of the walkable paths are pedestrian only and you don’t share them with diesel belching buses. There are old buildings, cobblestone streets, churches around almost every corner, and a river with multiple bridges to cross. There are plazas where you can find a bit of shade and vendors to sell you an ice cream or a bottle of water. And everyone is very friendly. If you plan on visiting Cuenca, plan at least a few hours of wandering.