Paute is a small town a few miles NE of Cuenca that has a rich heritage, friendly people and is world famous for its Fruits and Flowers. Most people don't know that a great percentage of the cut roses that come to the USA come from Ecuador and many of those come from Paute. About an hour scenic bus ride from Cuenca, Paute gives a visitor that small...more
When we arrived at the Hotel Victoria after our early morning flight from Quito it was only 9.00 am,...more
About 15 minutes by bus South of Cuenca is the town of Banos where there are several hot spring pools and resorts. Our favorite is "Hosteria Duran". This is an upscale Hotel and spa with several hot swimming pools as well as private pools and mud baths. They also have a snack bar and a fine restaurant that serves wonderful meals. Access Banos by...more
Ruinas de Ingapirca
From Cuenca, you will find buses, of the Cañar line, which can take you directly to the ruins. The last bus back leaves the ruins at 4 p.m. and the ride between Cuenca and Ingapirca takes around two hours. From any point North (Quito / Baños / Riobamba / Ambato) you will need to get off the bus in a small town called El Tambo. There, it is easy to...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
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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.
Favorite thing: This village is located 5 km southwest of Cuenca.
The small village is dominated by a huge church, which size seems out of proportions for such a little village.
The village should also have some thermal spas, just like the much bigger Baños, but I didn't try it out.
Instead I walked to the nearest village, half an hour away. This village had surprisingly a similar huge church.Related to:
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