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Visit Santa Isabel, Ecuador (Yunguilla Valley)

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Beautiful small towns are literally everywhere in the Andes here in Ecuador. Here is an amazing little town called Santa Isabel. We lived here for 3 years. 

View of Santa Isabel, Ecuador


It’s in the southern part of Azuay province, on the road towards Machala.

The town is popular with Cuencanos – there are dozens of hosterias – all with swimming pools, volleyball courts and soccer fields. And its really warm there. Its located in a valley called the Yunguilla Valley.

Yunguilla Valley Clouds, Andes Mountains Ecuador

The way the clouds settle in the Andes mountains often makes me feel like we are living in a dream.

We got this shot early one morning while driving through the beautiful Yunguilla Valley. In this picture you can’t really see into the valley because it’s full of white fluffy clouds.

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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 Travel.

6 comments… add one
  • Deronda Oct 13, 2015, 9:50 pm

    My son’s dad just moved there. He says they live in this city but at a farmhouse and they do not have physical address. Is it true they don’t use physical addresses for say living in a haucienda in the country side of this city? He told me they have to get po box… I am trying to figure out what he is telling me is fact or fiction..Thank you

    • Bryan Haines Oct 19, 2015, 8:32 pm

      Only in cities do they use physical addresses – and not even everywhere in the city. There is no mail delivery – you need to have a PO Box.

  • John Evans Feb 3, 2013, 8:18 am

    Any chance the internet access in the Yanguilla Valley will improve. We need to move closer to Cuenca, but its too cold for my wife, but high speed internet is a must, since we are helping our son start a business in Cuenca, and we rely on internet access to share the workload? Or any other warm (but not too humid town you can recommend?) Thanks.

    • Bryan Haines Feb 4, 2013, 2:17 pm

      I’m sure that it will improve. We heard an announcement early last year that there was going to be new cable run down the valley – specifically for internet. I haven’t heard anything about it since.

      Aside from the Yunguilla Valley, I don’t really know other warm towns.

  • Glen Phibbs Apr 26, 2012, 8:42 pm

    Hi Dena and Bryan, Wow, Exquisite photo !! How can I find out more about Santa Isabel and the Yunguilla Valley. Tourist/Commercial or moderately quiet for tranquility and relaxation? Any English speakers? We have a ways to go to learn Spanish, but it’s a reason that I want to come South. Also,can you lead me to any possibilities for hunting and/or use of weapons throughout the country? Shooting Clubs? Thanks, and I enjoy reviewing your information daily. Glen and Charlene Phibbs

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