2012 Cuenca Perspectives Collage

2012 Cuenca Perspectives Collage


My mission in publishing this blog is first to provide a living history of my settlement and life in Cuenca, and to provide myself and the reader with a journal account delineating my reasons for why I have chosen to settle in Cuenca. Second, the posts are my way of staying in contact with family and friends back in the states, and to provide them with an understanding of a country and culture that most North Americans have little knowledge and awareness. Third, the blog is open to one and all who wish to compare and contrast the experiences of expat bloggers living in Cuenca, so that you can determine whether or not from your perspective Cuenca is an appropriate move for you. Fourth, my blog provides another example of how expats view and interpret life in Cuenca. Ecuadorians and Cuencanos who may read this blog are especially invited to post comments that may enhance all expats understanding and appreciation of Cuneca and its people, or to correct any misinterpretations in my assumptions and perceptions of Cuencano culture. Finally, I hope I can convey the feeling of love and appreciation that grows within me each passing day for this heavenly city nestled in the Andes and its very special people.

Monday, January 26, 2015


Climate and weather in Cuenca, Ecuador

Recently, I received an email from a Texan, who reported that he and his wife could not find an accurate weather report on Cuenca, and could I steer him to an Internet site for Cuenca’s weather. The gentleman said that he and his wife found the forecasts were all over the place. No doubt some forecasts are more reliable than others, but my point with the Texan was that accurate forecasts are hard to come by, because Cuenca weather is all over the place.

Nonetheless, a friend of mine here in Cuenca recommends the following site for relatively accurate weather forecasts covering the canton area and gives his rationale:
“www.wunderground.com is the best on the internet, I feel. The current Cuenca weather is reported from various locations around town. You will never get some nonsense reading of 90 degrees – probably Guayaquil. They have good forecasting, you can select metric or the U.S. system, and it carries a lot of historical data for trip planning.”
It’s difficult to get accurate weather predictions for Cuenca. The weather truly does vary a great deal during the day. If the sun is shining and there is no breeze, it will feel like it is in the low 80’s when outside in the sun. Go under a tree and it may feel ten or fifteen degrees cooler. Even in the house or condo, the day can be sunny outside; but with a breeze or some wind blowing through an open window, it can feel ten degrees cooler on the inside. As a result, on partly cloudy days the weather can change considerably from one minute to the next dependent upon if the sun comes out from under a cloud or if it is suddenly hidden by a cloud.


  1. thanks for the info. am coming early dec. from the Caribbean island of st. Croix, usvi. will try to pack with layers!

  2. Not a bad idea if you plan to visit different parts of the Andes. Temperatures will vary a great deal. December in Cuenca will vary from the need of no jacket to a lite jacket possibly in the evenings. Enjoy this beautiful country to the fullest.