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Yunguilla Valley

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The way the clouds settle in the Andes mountains often makes me feel like we are living in a dream. We got this shot early one morning while driving through the beautiful Yunguilla Valley. In this picture you can't really see into the valley because it's full of white fluffy clouds.

Wild horses in Ecuador

When we moved to Ecuador I didn't really think about seeing wild horses. I thought I might see other wild animals like monkeys, but wild horses didn't even enter my mind. So when we saw them it was almost like seeing some strange animal I had never seen before. Not because I hadn't seen horses, ... [Read more]

Room with a view, Yunguilla Valley

Franziska and Dan Pederson invited us to stay at their guesthouse, the Santuario Hibiscus in the Yunguilla Valley. Earlier this month, we visited for 2 nights. Visit their website or join them on Facebook or Twitter. Reader visitor reviews on TripAdvisor. We recently spent the weekend at the Santuario Hibiscus in the Yunguilla Valley. We ... [Read more]

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If you’re moving to a foreign country, then what your kids are going to do there, will probably be a concern. I was a little worried about that when we moved here. What was I going to do all day (aside from school)? Well, here are a few great places that I love to go: ... [Read more]

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Cuenca is a beautiful city high up in the Andes Mountains. The climate here is spring like cool-warm during the day and cold at night. From what we have experienced the health care system is good here: good doctors/specialists and clean modern hospitals. The health concerns that we (more specifically Bryan) have experienced are somewhat odd. But because knowing our little story may help others, I'm going to make a short-story, well ... long.

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This is a guest post by Franziska & Dan Pederson. They run a guesthouse in the Yunguilla Valley, about an hour south of Cuenca.    Although rather small, Ecuador has one of the highest biological diversity in the world. The main reasons for that are its tropical location on the equator, the high Andes mountain range ... [Read more]

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This is part of our Expat Profile Series. Do you have a story? Share your Story here. We have one section for Expats and another for Travelers. The Expats: Franziska & Daniel Pedersen Blog: www.santuariohibiscus.com/news Twitter: @santuarioh Facebook: Santuario-Hibiscus Dan and I live in La Unión, Azuay, Ecuador (about 1 hour south of Cuenca). Dan ... [Read more]

bryan-dena

The 23rd of July marked the two year anniversary of  the day we landed in Guayaquil Ecuador.  We spent one day there and then settled in Cuenca on the 24th. When we lived in Canada we had a fairly normal life, we had a nice house with a backyard, a car, a camper and our ... [Read more]

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Yesterday, Dena was featured on the super-popular GoGoBot blog. She discussed the following The Five Best Side Trips From Cuenca Ecuador: Chordeleg El Chorro Waterfall El Cajas National Park Ingapirca - Incan Ruins Yunguilla Valley Check out Denas full featured post here. Here are a few pictures of these areas, that didn't get used in ... [Read more]

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One of the prettiest areas we've seen is in the Yunguilla Valley - just south of Cuenca. This area is just north of a little town called Santa Isabel. Yunguilla Valley is significantly warmer than Cuenca and as a result is full of fruit trees: mangoes, oranges, bananas, avocados and lemons. The road across the ... [Read more]

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About Bryan & Dena Haines

We are a Canadian family of 3 living in Ecuador since 2009. We blog about life and travel in Ecuador. If this is your first visit, start here. Interested to work with us? Read more about Bryan & Dena

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