Bicycling in Cuenca, Ecuador is a different experience than bicycling in the United States. While both have their risks and rewards, bicycling on the Cuenca city streets has far more hazards, number one being the drivers, if you’re riding on the roads.
Drivers in Cuenca put themselves first over pedestrians and cyclists. You have to stop for them, they won’t stop for you and when they have to, they wait to the very last minute, just before they hit you. Then they honk at you, even in a crosswalk. Ecuadorians are beautiful people, until they get into a car. That being said, if you stick to the bike paths and stay alert, it’s a great place to ride your bike.