Just one hour from Cuenca on the road to Guayaquil, you pass through a protected area where all trucks are checked for not carrying dangerous or suspicious cargo. This is the Cajas National Park at an altitude of 3000- 4450m. It's an amazing terrain of pure nature with more than 200 lakes and rivers that flow all the way to the Pacific and to the...more
Have stayed here several times - always recommended by my wife's family. It's easy to get to and...more
Turi is four kilometers south of Cuenca, on a hill and provides amazing views of the whole city. It's better at sunset when the colours are light pink and the lights of the city start twinkling. The Mirador is near the church of Turi, where local people gather, as well as tourists, romantic couples and intellectuals. So you can rest watching them...more
Laguna Llaviucu is situated in the lower part of Cajas National Park, at an altitude of 3160m. It is the control point nearest to Cuenca, only around 17km away from the city. On the day tour to Cajas National Park that I went on the first stop we made was at Laguna Llaviucu. If it is not too wet you usually follow the trail around the whole lake,...more
Our second stop on the tour to Cajas National Park was at Tres Cruses. Tres Cruses is situated at an altitud of 4167m, and this is where the road crosses the continental divide, on one side of the pass the water drain into the Pacific Ocean and on the other side the water drain into the Atlantic. We just stayed for 10 minutes, taking some photos of...more
After visiting Tres Cruces we went back to the minibus and drove back down the road, but only for a few minutes. We were dropped by a path where we started the hike towards Toreadora. It was muddy at some places so it was good to have the rubber boots. It was a beautiful landscape with the mountains, lakes and páramo vegetation . We passed Chica...more
Take a trip to the 'crafts towns'
Favorite thing: We booked a private trip to the crafts towns in a Cuenca travel agency. It takes from 9 to 15-16:00. You visit 2 towns; home visit to a family that weaves scarfs that are sold to tourists, a orchid farm, visit the local market, a smal museum on the crafts, stroll along side the river where the locals do their washing, have picnics etc...
It's very relaxed and offers a nice view into the daily life in the smaller towns.
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