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9 Attractions and Things to do in Paute, Ecuador

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Paute is a small canton (county) in Azuay province – just outside of the city of Cuenca. It is just a short drive to Paute.

On our recent visit to Hacienda Uzhupud we spoke with Charlie Castro – head of entertainment. In this video, Charlie explains some of the highlights of Paute and the surrounding areas.


4 Things to Do in Paute Ecuador

  1. Cultural events / experiences: rodeo, wood handcrafts, town festivals, toquilla straw (Panama hats), higos con queso, and traditional dairy products
  2. Extreme sports: paragliding, rappelling and rock climbing
  3. Sightseeing: waterfalls, look-off points, lakes, power dam, and colonial houses
  4. Family attractions: horseback riding, hiking, fishing, biking, and trying new foods 

What to Do in Paute Ecuador

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5 Attractions in Paute Ecuador

In Paute, the most important tourist places are:

  1. Hill Head Dog and Campana Huayco: they are natural attractions suitable for alternative tourism and perform extreme sports such as paragliding, rappelling and rock climbing. Offers: Native Chaparro and reforested areas (pedagogical visits).
  2. Viewpoint of Plazapamba and Virgenpamba: these attractions are in the Cantonal Centre and the scenic beauty of this place can be seen.
  3. Linear Park: Located in the town of Paute, linear park has viewpoints, cabins, bridges, horseback riding and track for BMX, ideal to visit as a family.
  4. Fruit Orchards: Paute, Cachiyacu, Bulan, Tambillo.
  5. Nature Attractions: In Paute and Sevilla de Oro you will find landscapes, waterfalls, chorreras, lagoons, a dam, trout, and processed dairy products.

6 Parishes (Parroquias) of Paute Ecuador

  1. SAN CRISTOBAL: House floating viewpoint of Tuzhpo, Church, handicrafts toquilla straw, religious festivals.
  2. CHICAN: Viewpoint of Maras, plays of the skirmish.(escaramuza)
  3. BULAN: Crafts in wood, route of fruits, fishing, skirmish.
  4. DUG-DUG: Viewpoint of Nunurco, paragliding, fishing, rodeo, agro-tourism, horseback riding, hiking.
  5. TOMEBAMBA: Observation of the reservoir of Mazar, Sugarloaf Hill lookoff, walks to the cerro Yanacocha, community rural tourism, dances.
  6. GUARAYNAG: Viewpoint of Parrot Peak Hill, Church heritage, colonial houses, Tasqui waterfall, crafts in toquilla straw.

Driving From Cuenca to Paute

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Have you been to Paute and its parroquias? What do you like to do there?

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Meet the Author

Bryan Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with GringosAbroad.

6 comments… add one
  • Annika Sep 22, 2019, 2:54 pm

    Hi! What can be added to the attractions in Paute now is a Guiness World Record site: the largest wooden spoon in the world!

    Best wishes from Paute!

  • Ecuamundo Mar 5, 2015, 12:43 pm

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  • Terry Doyle May 19, 2014, 7:43 pm

    There is also a botanical garden (Jardín Botánico La Macarena) is being promoted in the Gringo Post as a trip but you could easily do that on your own. I have not been there but the pictures are nice. It’s 9.4 km out of town.

    • Bryan Haines May 19, 2014, 8:32 pm

      Thanks for the info – we’ll have to check it out.


  • Bob Griffith Dec 24, 2013, 1:53 pm

    Bryan,my wife and I are going to move south as soon as we get our finances in order. We have been reading about the Cuenca area. What is the best and worst time to visit that area? Bob

    • Bryan Haines Jan 10, 2014, 1:01 pm

      It depends on what you want to see and do. And if you like crowds. In general it would be best to visit away from major holidays and events. It will be easier to get hotels and transportation and there will be less crowds.

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