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A month in Cuenca - where to live?

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Disarray
9/29/2018 13:37 EST

My family (me, my husband, 11 yr old daughter and 10 yr old son) have been traveling through Ecuador for the last month-and-a-half. We left the United States for a year to explore the world. We have decided we would like to rent a home (apartment or house) in Cuenca for a month and I'm hoping this community could offer some recommendations on neighborhoods we should consider. 

Some of our criteria:

Must haves:

--Safe and clean area
--Walking distance to markets and everyday conveniences
--Close to a park
--Easy access to public transportation
--Centrally located (within 15 min walk of the historic center of town) 

Plusses:

--Near a Spanish language school
--Opportunities to connect with other children

Any suggestions for rental resources also welcome! I'm already checking Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Home away and VRBO. 

Thank you for your help!

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hcrabtree
9/29/2018 15:55 EST

Maybe search for places near Parque de la Madre or el Vergel (an area near grocery stores & close to the historic center where many of the language schools are located). Anything listed near Vicente Solano (it's a main road). I've seen some furnished air bnbs on Solano that give monthly rates.

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NilesS
9/29/2018 16:43 EST

I like the El Vergel neighborhood and always stay there at a nice little inn. It is close to El Centro but quieter and more laid back I think, there's a supermarket and stadium, restaurants, etc.

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marqu72
9/30/2018 18:24 EST

a few years back we stayed at Apartamento Otorongo. We recently heard from friends who stayed there this summer with their 2 children. They got a 2 bedroom apartment.
It is more like a compound than an apartment building. We really enjoyed it there and so did our younger friends and their family. Check out the website which is hotelotorongo.com
I think that is it. Near the university of Cuenca, close to gelato stores, walk to center city, nice people own the place. The guests meet frequently in the yard gazebo for snacks and drinks. My only suggestion would be to bring some extra towels with you or buy some at the market. If it is still the same you get 1 towel per person per week.
Very cheap the longer you stay. Clean. Good location. Check it out online and see if it fits the bill for you and yours.

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withoutego
10/1/2018 10:01 EST

I would second the recommendation for a Cuenca stay....the Apartamentos Otorongo. I was there two weeks this past May.

its on a couple of bus lines with a convenient stop just outside the gate.

It is a ten minute walk from a big new shopping center, Coral de Batan. Just a block from the shopping center are a couple of Van companies that serve several areas of Ecuador. Then a few more minutes walk and you are at a huge old traditional market, Feria Libre de Baton.

The units are apartments and being able to cook in a full kitchen offsets a chunk of the price. There is laundry service and a friendly housekeeping staff who will help with one's Spanish when they have a moment.

have fun

sin

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Disarray
10/2/2018 13:37 EST

Thank you, everyone, for your helpful and generous feedback. I looked into Apartamento Otorongo, but unfortunately, there is no availability at the moment. However, my family ended up finding a great apartment on VRBO that's on the river in the historic district. We're very excited to arrive in Cuenca and experience all it has to offer! Wishing you all the best.

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