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Hiking the Andes in Cuenca Ecuador (Video)

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Hiking the Ecuador AndesOne 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.

Hiking the Andes in Ecuador

Cuenca Andes Hike

“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? 

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

9 comments… add one
  • kelly Feb 16, 2016, 1:05 am

    Is there a mountain near Cuenca that might occasionally get enough snow to sled on?

    • Bryan Haines Feb 16, 2016, 7:29 am

      Not near Cuenca. There are snow covered volcanoes in the north – towards Quito.

  • Jeff Van Pelt Nov 2, 2013, 8:18 am

    Hello. That looks like a great hike. Can you provide directions for how to get there, and/or the contact info for your guides if they are willing to lead other groups for a fee. Many thanks.

    • Bryan Haines Nov 2, 2013, 2:08 pm

      This was just some friends. I know they aren’t interested in doing this commercially. The mountain is the one behind Baños (in Cuenca). Go through Baños, down to the river and cross it. That is where we started…

  • Susan Nov 2, 2013, 8:16 am

    we have enjoyed following your journey. We are moving to San Clemente, Ecuador on Nov. 25, 2013 and are so excited to start our new journey in life.

  • D.J. and Cindy Nov 2, 2013, 7:35 am

    Hi We really enjoy your website . This last one of your hike was great.I noticed after the video there where others of the beach and ect. I viewed one and after wanted to go back to the same set of videos and couldn’t. can you tell me how to get back to your videos without having to watch the one of the hike each time. Oh by the way we live in Cotacachi EC. full time 4 years now but we love coming to Cuenca and enjoying all it has to offer and come as often as we can. which has only been a few times so far. Thanks.
    D.J. and Cindy…

  • Bill Hatfield, mrbill Oct 29, 2013, 10:07 am

    Yes I went hiking in Peru near Huaraz and we got robbed at Gunpoint.

    • Bryan Haines Oct 29, 2013, 11:06 am

      Too bad to hear that. We’ve heard stories like that from tourist locations in South / Central America. We hiked in a rural, non-tourist area outside of Cuenca. In fact, I haven’t heard of any of that type of problem in Azuay province.

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