One of my favorite things about Ecuador is the natural beauty of the Andes mountains. Shortly after we moved to Cuenca we got together with some friends and went for a hike in the mountains.
The higher up we went the more breathtaking the scenery was. We could see the city of Cuenca spread out before us, it was amazing! Looking up at the mountains is always enjoyable, but getting up there and looking down is an entirely different kind of beautiful.
Hiking in Cuenca Ecuador
I hope you’ll enjoy the scenery in this slideshow. It starts off with a look at part of the mountain we were about to climb and of the path beside a yellow house where we started out. Then it shows views from the mountain and some landscape shots of the mountain itself.
View this video on YouTube.
“Gringos – Please Don’t Hike Alone”
If you decide to go for a hike like we did please make sure you have some local Ecuadorian friends along who know the area and the language. The friends we went with grew up in the area and played there as children.
As we hiked we crossed land owned by various people and our friends were able to explain that we were just on a hike and were not going to cause any damage. They were also able to ask for directions so that we didn’t get off course and waste energy. It could be dangerous to go hiking in the mountains without this kind of help.
Have you hiked in the Andes mountains?