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Weekly Photo – Yunguilla Valley, Azuay Province Ecuador

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 river was washed out, so we never did find out where it went, but the view was amazing.


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  • JOE GOMEZ July 14, 2014, 2:02 pm

    Thanks for your info!! We should be in Loja Feb 01, 2015, visit 2 nights in Cuenca (can u recommend a modest hotel) and reading on The Yunguilla valley should we visit there also? My desire is to retire early in 2017 or 2018 with approx $900 per month and my wife is 7 yrs younger so that extra needed income will have to wait. Can we really live comfortably and modestly, and with no car and access by bus from ..say…the outskirts of the city? My biggest concern us to be abke to attend a (preferably) Baptist church and do volunteer work for the community. This is my passion to serve God and people! We are fluent in both span/eng me being the more GringoTino type and have Puerto Rican parents. We are born in NYC but wifey rasied in PR. I’m ex-police, corrections, govt, US Air Force, a chaplain and an associate Pastor. Imperfect human being. I hate Cold weather anything under 55 degrees daytime or Hot over 85 will kill me. We are in So Fla!!!So is Cenca, The Valley, Loja, Malacatos or Zaruma for us? Im 60 yrs old and its good to have a hospital nearby LoL ha. Hope to see you in Cuenca first week if Feb and lunch ,dinner on us!!if you write my email i would be most appreciative, God bless you, your damily and the awesome work you do informing us of Ecuador!

  • Sollena December 9, 2013, 5:38 pm

    Hello Bryan,

    First time commenting here and I just want to say what a gift it is to have you here. So thank you.

    I have the Ecuadorian energy surge for sure. My husband and I have been really focusing on creating an eco-friendly lifestyle and one that does not require expansive living. My thoughts about the Loja area. Do you know anything about this area, rentals, climate ect.

    May you contintue this awesome site and what a contribution you are. Great Job! Sollena

  • Laura Tortorice June 25, 2013, 3:32 pm

    My husband and I are taking early retirement next year and moving to Ecuador. We’re focusing on the Yunguilla Valley because Cuenca seems to cold and damp for our liking. I know there are several hospitals in Cuenca, but we’re curious just how far we would be from emergency medical care living in the Valley. Are there ambulances or some way of transport in the event of a medical emergency? Where would we be taken?

    • Bryan Haines June 27, 2013, 7:00 am

      There is a hospital in Girón and there are ambulances in some of the clinics. I think you would be taken to one of the local clinics – depending on how serious the emergency is. The clinics transfer patients to Cuenca if there is a need. Because there aren’t many ambulances, many Cuencanos call taxis or drive themselves to the hospital – I’m sure it’s the same in Yunguilla.

  • Vera Calderon March 9, 2013, 11:28 am

    I would love to visit this area, my son is moving there in June.

  • Carmen Feijoo September 28, 2011, 6:11 pm

    I must say if you travel to Yunguilla do not forget to visit Hosteria Los Cisnes the best place to stay and energizes, and with the most economic all inclusive packages$ 100,00 per person for five days, and four nights, breakfast, lunch and dinner plus all amenities. Bravo.

    • Bryan Haines September 30, 2011, 8:20 am

      Thanks for sharing this Carmen – sounds very nice!

  • lilbit August 16, 2011, 7:15 pm

    Yunguilla Valley is beautiful. My husband & I purchased a home there in April. We still haven’t move there yet. Visit often…….we’ll planning Christmas there this year really excited. The weather is warm, awesome sights, clean fresh air.

    • Bryan Haines August 18, 2011, 5:03 am

      One of the most beautiful places we’ve found in the Andes. This is the Valley where many of the local Cuencanos have weekend homes. Really great area.

    • Isaac Mikhail February 15, 2013, 9:44 pm

      Hi Lilbit, I’m planing to move to to santa Isabel area from NJ,do you have an idea how much a small old house go for with some land to plant my own vegetables. Tanks,

  • Eric Lutz June 4, 2011, 2:57 pm

    Ok Brian old buddy enough is enough. i looked at that picture of the babbling brook as it makes it way churning and bubbling over the rocks. Nice to behold. BUT,,,,,,,,your are getting this message from an “Old Trout fisherman”. so my question is to you. are there any trout or fish of any kind in those brooks? E mail me and let me know please.

    • Bryan Haines June 4, 2011, 6:19 pm

      Hi Eric – in this brook, not too many. There is a high clay content, so not much lives in it, I’m told. There are brooks with Tilapia – a very nice white meat.

      Good to hear from you!


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