Once in a while we like to go on a road trip; living in Cuenca makes that easy. There are a number of nice little towns, or small cities within an hours’ drive of the city. Getting to these towns is inexpensive (the bus does not cost much) and the scenery is really beautiful.
A while ago we went to Paute. Most of the way we drove alongside a river and we could see beautiful mountain views.
Paute reminds me a lot of Cuenca. It felt almost like someone picked up a large chunk of Cuenca and plunked it down in Paute. There is a pretty park in the center of town, cobblestone streets, internet cafes, clothing stores, bakeries and flower shops.
What is the Bus Trip to Paute Like?
Paute Is Warm
One thing that is different than Cuenca (other than its size) is the climate. Paute is at a lower elevation and is much warmer. It is a very fertile area; they grow mangos, bananas, papaya and many other varieties of tropical fruit. They also grow sugarcane, and produce Zhumir (a local alcohol made from sugarcane). It is an agricultural area, so on Sundays there is a huge market in the center of the city.
There is a wide river on the outskirts of the city center that supplies the hydro power plant located in Paute. This plant supplies power for Cuenca and the surrounding areas. The bus terminal is near the river, along with a large park area. In the park there is a look-off tower, and not far away a long, swaying foot-bridge crosses the river. Drew squealed as she felt the bridge bob and sway while crossing it.
Meeting New Friends
A friend (an Ecuadorian friend) came with us to show us around the town. His parents live in Paute and invited us over to have lunch. We had such a nice time with them, they told us that on Sundays the park is bustling with family fun, games and horseback riding. And that there is a huge market in the center of the city, I would like to go back on a Sunday to see what it’s like. We had a nice relaxing day. We didn’t really see much in the way of attractions in the town, but it was nice just to go for a drive, walk around the town, meet new friends and see a new place.
Have you been to Paute? Tell us what you thought of it by commenting on this post.