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Ecuador Road Trip: Cuenca to Paute Bus Trip (Video)

Posted in: Cuenca Ecuador, Ecuador Travel

Once in a while we like to go on a road trip; living in Cuenca makes that easy. There are a number of nice little towns, or small cities within an hours’ drive of the city.  Getting to these towns is inexpensive (the bus does not cost much) and the scenery is really beautiful.

A while ago we went to Paute. Most of the way we drove alongside a river and we could see beautiful mountain views.

Paute reminds me a lot of Cuenca.  It felt almost like someone picked up a large chunk of Cuenca and plunked it down in Paute. There is a pretty park in the center of town, cobblestone streets, internet cafes, clothing stores, bakeries and flower shops.

What is the Bus Trip to Paute Ecuador Like?

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Paute is Warm(er than Cuenca)

One thing that is different than Cuenca (other than its size) is the climate.  Paute is at a lower elevation and is much warmer.

It is a very fertile area; they grow mangos, bananas, papaya and many other varieties of tropical fruit.  They also grow sugarcane, and produce Zhumir (a local alcohol made from sugarcane).  It is an agricultural area, so on Sundays there is a huge market in the center of the city.

There is a wide river on the outskirts of the city center that supplies the hydro power plant located in Paute. This plant supplies power for Cuenca and the surrounding areas.

The bus terminal is near the river, along with a large park area.  In the park there is a look-off tower, and not far away a long, swaying foot-bridge crosses the river.  Drew squealed as she felt the bridge bob and sway while crossing it.

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Meeting New Friends

A friend (an Ecuadorian friend) came with us to show us around the town. His parents live in Paute and invited us over to have lunch.

We had such a nice time with them, they told us that on Sundays the park is bustling with family fun, games and horseback riding.  And that there is a huge market in the center of the city, I would like to go back on a Sunday to see what it’s like.

We had a nice relaxing day. We didn’t really see much in the way of attractions in the town, but it was nice just to go for a drive, walk around the town, meet new friends and see a new place.

Have you been to Paute? Tell us what you thought of it by commenting on this post.

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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 Travel.

12 comments… add one
  • Sherryl French Oct 26, 2017, 12:55 pm

    We have been living in Cuenca for the past 6 weeks after doing an extensive drive from Guayaquil to Esmeralda and then down through the Andes. Your article(s) have helped us choose destinations, and this one has tempted us to rent a car this weekend and hit the road again. We will post more pictures of Paute next week.

    • Bryan Haines Oct 26, 2017, 1:53 pm

      I’m glad to hear it. I hope you have a great trip this weekend!

  • mary decker May 15, 2016, 11:38 pm

    Need a low altitude town. The fruits and market sound great. Can you tell me first hand what else is to be seen/to do there.

    Thank you.

  • Lloyd Winstead Feb 7, 2016, 4:31 pm


    • Bryan Haines Feb 7, 2016, 10:11 pm

      Catch it at the main bus terminal – it takes 30-45 minutes depending on the day.

  • Justin Jennings Jun 16, 2015, 12:45 am

    I was wondering if you know if I can take my written drivers test in Ecuador in English. I read it can be translated into English, but I couldn’t find it. Perhaps I misunderstood, and the test questions are in Spanish, and to better understand I can translate the answers into English. I went on the Ant. website but couldn’t find it. Any suggestions?


  • Stewart Jul 22, 2013, 6:51 pm

    I liked the music you chose for the video. Paute looks “muy acogerdor” or friendly, welcoming per, but I meant to mean cozy.

    Yes not tons of attractions, but in a way discovering and exploring a new place without all the marketing of shows and attractions can be interesting and relaxing.

    Enjoyed seeing pics of Bryan and Drew in the video too!

    Best always,


  • Garland etheridge Jul 28, 2012, 9:13 pm

    Just run into your blog and have been on it for the past 2 hours. Really appreciate your doing this. It’s loaded with great info. I’m in Utah “on vacation” at the time and can’t wait to get to my home in Bahia de Caraquez which I miss very much. Viva Ecuador.

  • Tay Jun 18, 2012, 10:39 pm

    Sounds like a nice trip, Dena. Thanks for taking us on it with you.

  • RG Jun 17, 2012, 3:01 pm

    That’s the best way to live your life…enjoy the beauty of Ecuador. Forget about the negatives and concentrate more on the positives. Treat it as your last day on earth. Thanks for sharing!

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