20 Most Beautiful Buildings in Ecuador
These are our top picks for the 20 Most Beautiful Buildings in Ecuador from our travels in Southern Ecuador. Architecture at it’s finest, these buildings are sure to please any that is so inclined.
20. Montanita, Ecuador Alcatraz, Discotech
Check this place out. This is a dance club. Now just imagine where the girls stand…
This was a dance club located in Montanita, and as you can see, it was themed and named after the infamous island prison Alcatraz. Though we didn’t see it active, we were told that the parties at this place were awesome, and along with the way this place was built, the nightlife here must be insane. Deadmau5 is a DJ who is very well known, and if he tours here, then the parties he spawns will be very, very…loud. We had ideas of living here in Montanita, however we learned that this is more of a vacation spot for Ecaudorians and foreigners, rather than a place where you can settle down. You can take a bus ride to Montanita from Cuenca, Ecuador for about $100, and remember that they take American Dollars. If you go further away from the larger cities, you can still find Ecuadorian currency, which is pretty cool.
There was a dude on that hammock that got up for a second and waved at us. The locals in this area are even nicer than everyone else in the country. I didn’t think that was possible.
These are a few more buildings from Montanita, Ecuador, just for a sense of what some of the other architecture in the city looks like.
19. Statues and Sculptures Depicting Ecuadorian History, as well as a tree…
Okay, so maybe these aren’t necessarily buildings, but they made the list anyways.
Awesome tree. ‘Nuff said.
A set of two statues located within a square in Guayaquil, Ecuador, called Monumento a la Fragua de Vulcano, or Monument to the Forge of Vulcan, Guayaquil. If you ask a local, the faces have a deep meaning for their cultural and national history, and it reads out as a story to them. Like many stories, it plays out in the name of power and ends in many shades of blood. The local I overheard telling the story near the statues mentioned, “This is one of our most disgraceful times in our history, but it was so impactful in the change that they see today that they must remember and honor their history with engravings in the most opulent of manners.”
The Monument to the Forge of Vulcan is located in the city center’s “Rocafuerte” sector and occupies the block between the streets known as Malecón Simón Bolivar, Pichincha, Clemente Ballén y Diez de Agosto. Separated only by a small park called Parque Sucre stands the building which houses the Governance of the Guayas Province. The monument on the Parque Sucre is known as the “Forge of Vulcan” represents the meeting which took place on Sunday October 1st of 1820 and the long process and the subsequent events that led to the independence of Guayaquil. Credit.
In between those two sets of statues of the Monument to the Forge of Vulcan, stands a man holding the key to the city behind his back. Honorable in his pose, yet deceitful in his heart. If anyone has any more information about this statue, please leave a comment below.
This is a statue depicting the Battle for Guayaquil, the battle that took place after the story of the previous statue, when the fighting broke out in the country. The man at the top is A Sucre, and he led the attack into Guayaquil in 1911. Many lives were lost, and it was very bloody, but the coup was successful. This statue is a defining piece of history for Ecuador, and they are very thankful for the position that these events have put them in. The stories I heard about the wars were not stories of sickness, disease, and death; the stories I heard were more about the change that happened and how well it helped the country. The new president is adored for his liberal ideas, and his country is prospering for it. These statues are a reminder for the locals, and for those who come to visit. To learn more about the event this statue is portraying (Reminder: it is in Spanish. Be sure to translate the page with Google Chrome), go here.
This statue is very close to the same square that the previous statue is located in within Guayaquil, Ecuador, but this statue depicts an angel with a crown and a wreath in her hand.
This is a statue in the Parque Seminario (also known as Parque de Las Iguanas or Iguana Park) located on 10 de Agosto Avenue and Chile Avenue in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The park is home to many iguanas, some of which approach 5 feet in length. Tourists and locals alike often feed the iguanas mango slices from park vendors. There is also a pond filled with colorful Japanese Tilapia. An equestrian statue of Simón Bolívar is located in the center of the park, and this is located on the east end. The boars are a beloved species in the area, even though they have been driven out from the city.
The iguanas in this park huge, and lazy, and they’re everywhere, as shown by the picture above, courtesy of SouthAmericanPostcard. They get fed all day, and it seems as though they hardly move. They are just fine with being petted too, even though there are a number of signs that forbid it. The locals do it, so I just thought, “what the hell.” I didn’t get a picture of that sadly.
This is a statue from the same park, and is of a man upon a horse. Okay I’ll give you this one. I’m not sure which statue this is.
18. Victorian and Italian Culture Clashes at this hotel.
I think I was told this was a hotel. If someone knows for sure, leave a comment at the bottom.
This hotel has the Victorian style architecture that was brought over by the Spanish, with a touch of Italian zeal that many of the buildings in this area share. My guide told me about this being a very expensive hotel, one of the most expensive in the region. This was located in a square in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
17. Cuencan Church Steeple Lit Up in the Night Sky
This view was impressive from where we were sitting.
From the spot we were sitting, eating some amazing seafood, we could see the top of a church steeple that shined oh so bright. This beautiful church was located in Cuenca, Ecuador.
16. La Rotanda in Guayaquil
For light entertainment at this beautiful construction, stand with a partner at opposite sides of the semicircle and whisper into the pillars to hear your voices carry.
This beautiful piece of work is mostly masonry, but it’s gorgeous enough to make this list as well. The white marble makes this statue and column semi-circle behind it a sight to see, and is indeed a big tourist destination in Ecuador. Even though there are only a few people in the shot, this structure was constantly surrounded by people taking pictures with family in front of it. There are actually many more people around me. This was as clean a shot as I was going to get.
Found on the Malecón 2000 in Guayaquil, Ecuador, this monument celebrates the meeting that took place between two Latin American liberators on this very spot. It was said that this meeting was a loud secret, in that people knew it was happening, just didn’t know what was being discussed at the time. The two men, Malecón Simón Bolívar and José de San Martín, met on the 26th of July 1822 to discuss what strategies they could come up with to try liberate the continent from Spain’s rule. From that special, but poignant meeting they decided to remove Guayaquil and move it to Gran Colombia. From that night on, Simón Bolivar was left to complete the mission as general in chief without San Martín who left the continent immediately.
15. Beautiful In-Housed Garden with Fountain
I’m not sure what it was about this place, but the camera couldn’t catch the beauty of it completely.
This building was located in Loja, Ecuador, and was a garden surrounded by a building. We walked up to the lady sitting at a desk in front of the entrance, and realized it was something you payed to visit. Instead of paying, I got a single shot of the garden itself from the doorway. We were just so busy…
14. Excuisite Bank in Cuenca, Ecuador
This thing just looked like it was out of a different time period all together.
This was just a solid building. I loved the finish, the dark illustrious color, and the style of the building. She takes 14th place.
13. Old Church in Ecuador
I’m going to be honest with you on this one, we didn’t the name of the town this was in (but if anyone knows, leave a message at the bottom), but it sure is a beautiful building.
This church steeple was located in a town on our travels, when we stopped for a bite to eat on the way to to Loja from Cuenca. This town has great food, and zero foreigners. This church stood out in the town square as a point of pride for the quiet village, as it overlooks the city square where the locals hang out, tend to the flowers and trees, and stare at the people taking pictures of them.
On the right side of this picture, you can notice a man cleaning up cans. All of Ecuador is very intent on recycling, and the recycling plan can be found throughout the country.
If you haven’t noticed, many of them drive motor bikes. They seem to be a good pick for the villages and cities, but I’m not sure I’d be confident taking one over the mountain.
12. Beautiful Set of Buildings at the slope of the Mountain to Cuenca, Ecuador
With the view of the mountain off in the distance, these two buildings sat in the middle of a busy street where a small village had appeared at the foot of the mountain. Not only were the sights and sounds interesting but they weren’t what you’d expect. The cars that were headed up the mountain via the pass were noisy but it wasn’t a large inhabited area. The area already smelled of mountain, the air being moist and damp, but it sounded like a bustling city. Oh Ecuador, you are so delightful.
This palace was popular.
The palm trees really brought this place together. And the group of workers having lunch. And the light mist. Oh, and the truck in the background.
The food was amazing, and we complimented the very Ecuadorian dish with a round of Club de Verde, also known as Club Premium. Those are good beers. As always, the food here was cheap, delicious, and made fresh to order.
This dog made a living living off of people like us. I’m sure he was working this corner. But look how cute he is.
11. Rustic Marble Building Situated between two other buildings
I didn’t get the name of this building, what it was used for, and I don’t even know for certain where it was, but this building makes our list at number 11 for having a “I’m so old I might fall down on you,” vibe to it. But man is it beautiful. I want to live there.
10. Three Tiered Church Steeple with Stained Glass Windows in Montanita, Ecuador
This was a very unique church we saw that made all of us point and stare. It was grand, and it overlooked a little square that was an acting market for the locals. Every fruit you can think of, food, crafted goods; anything you wanted could be found here.
I love the way the building stands above all the ones around it, as the ones in the surrounding area are quite small indeed. The town was Montanita, Ecuador, and the buildings were quite short. This church was a beautiful beacon in the small party village.
The inside was simple, but majestic. Very Godly, and very ornate. Very beautiful indeed.
9. Tall Church with Baby Blue Steeples in Cuenca, Ecuador
But that baby blue color though! This one takes a spot in the top 10 with zero information. This is just a beautiful building.
I’m not kidding, I have zero information about this church.
8. Tall Blue/Green Italian Structure acting as Convenience Store
I loved the color of the trim of this building. Compared to the surround architecture, this building certainly stands out.
We came upon this building on our travels through Cuenca, and it was simply a small convenient store. It’s amazing what some of the buildings look like here, hiding away nothing more than a simple convenient store.
7. Beautiful and Majestic Church Steeple Overlooking a Square
I know what you’re thinking. Another Church? Yeah. Another. Church.
When you looked up at this thing, it made your jaw drop. That’s how impressive this work of art is. I know it’s a bit cloudy, but the church is also very white and brilliant in color. This makes it stand out in the crowd, and glow with enthusiasm. Churches have gotten enough love, let’s have a look at the top 6 most beautiful buildings in Ecuador.
6. Ingapirca Ruins in South Ecuador
If you get the chance, I absolutely recommend seeing these ruins in Ecuador. Located deep in the mountains of Ecuador, a good hour and a half outside of Cuenca, these ruins are a sight to behold.
This is the main structure of the complex, and is absolutely gorgeous. The way the stones are built into large cascading walls down the mountain really take your breath away from this angle, almost as much as they do when you’re standing on the edge of them. This tour took us quite awhile, and will eventually be posted standalone separate from this one. Stay tuned.
The stones are cut so perfectly and they fit together so neatly you’d swear they used power tools of some kind.
5. Del Parque Hotel Building in Cuenca, Ecuador
We had the pleasure of staying in this beautiful hotel in the heart of Cuenca. Located at Calderón Park at Padre Aguirre, Cuenca, Ecuador, this exquisite hotel offers more than we could have ever imagined.
Not only do I recommend this hotel, but soon I’ll be writing up an entire review for it which you’ll be able to find on our website, and it will be linked here. Check back soon. For a quick review, the views are amazing, the staff is genuinely nice, and the location is to die for. We had the suite that they offered, and we could see the entire square from the our balcony.
This is the view from the balcony, and it just so happened that there was a passing parade going by at the time I took this. Ecuador, and especially Cuenca, are famous for there parades. They party and celebrate what seems like every other day, and it’s for a variety of reasons. One of the days I saw a parade passing, I asked the guy at the desk why they were celebrating, and he said they were celebrating the harvest of the potatoes this year. Sweeet. Who doesn’t love potatoes?
This is actually a different parade on a different day, and this one was a church parade. It went on forever, and made the streets roudy and noisy, but filled with energy.
4. Cuenca City Hall Building on Bolivar Street
This building was opulent, and stood out as we walked by it’s magnificent outer walls. We didn’t expect to see what we did inside if it however…
From the street, the columns of this building give it a very influential and political feel to it. The supporting columns underneath the dome are exquisite, and this building is a head turner, architecturally speaking.
The side view as we were walking up. It’s impressive from this angle as you see the columns jut out from the side of the building in front of you.
The inside of the building seemed to be some sort of art exhibit. I’m not sure if that is the buildings main purpose, but it seemed to be at the time we came upon it’s magnificent existence. Like always, if anyone has any information on this building, please comment below.
3. Beautiful New Building in Cuenca Ecuador
This building is new, and immaculate. We all dropped our jaws when we saw this beast. I love the color and the accents on the side of the building. They give it depth and rich character.
I have very little information about this building unfortunately, and if you have any, please feel free to leave a message at the bottom, but this building is beautiful. It makes the list and comes in at number 3.
2. Plaza de la Administracion in Guayaquil
This is the Administration Plaza in Guayaquil, and it’s in the same area as the Monument to the Forge of Vulcan, underneath #19 in this list. This building almost took the cake, as it towers above all those who walk among it’s square.
This building is an absolute delight, as it’s color and Roman-like columns shroud the plaza in darkness, looming over you with an intensity that is only given to an administration building.
Yeah, this is the opening that you can see through when you walk in front of the building. And it’s massive, it leaves you in awe. It gives the building a majestic feeling, one of royalty, or national pride. Just beautiful.
1. Catedral de la Inmaculada – Cuenca, Ecuador
This building takes the list as our most beautiful building that we came upon in Ecuador. Just look at it.
This is a picture from our room of the blue domes atop the Cathedral. We walked into our room and opened the windows to this view. It was absolutely mind blowing. We stared at it for quite awhile.
As the sun was going down, we had to get another shot of the Cathedral from the room. Love the depth the shadows create in this picture.
This is the inside of the Cathedral from the front door. I snapped one on the way out of this pantheon, after standing in awe in the belly of this beast.
I mean, just look at this door. Who would need a door this big? Nobody. That’s who. But hell, it looks so damn cool, I don’t even care. Just a beautiful design. I have nothing more to say about this place.
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