I love the magnificent mountains surrounding Cuenca.
They are so beautiful, partly because they are covered in patchy green fields and smooth shapely forested areas, and partly because they always look different.
The light plays off them in so many different ways. Depending on the time of day, location and color of clouds, or lack of clouds, mist, haze, rain, lightning, sunbeams, sun patches or full sun. There are so many variations of these and other weather patterns you get a different show every day.
Watch a video of hiking in the Andes near Cuenca, Ecuador
Climbing the Andes Mountains (Ecuador)
There is one mountain in particular that we call “our mountain” because we see it every day. Often one of us will say “quick, come look at our mountain” because it looks so beautiful at that moment we just have to share it with the family. We all rush to the window and remark at its beauty, a minute later that moment is passed and it looks different again.
When I see the mountains I get a feeling of freedom, wide open spaces and adventure. Needless to say we had to get a closer look at “our mountain”, so one day we asked some friends to hike it with us. We really enjoyed the day, and we plan to hike it again soon.
Hiking Down the Andes (Cuenca in the Background)
Check out another hike: We hiked an active volcano: Sierra Negra in the Galapagos
The scenery was so beautiful that it would be extremely hard to put into words, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking. I hope you enjoy our mountain near Cuenca, Ecuador.