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Taking a Hike in the Andes of Ecuador (Above Cuenca)

Posted in: Cuenca Ecuador, Ecuador Travel

I love the mountains surrounding Cuenca. They are so beautiful, partly because they are covered in patchy green fields and shapely forested areas, and partly because they always look different.

Mountain Hike Ecuador

The light plays off them in so many different ways.  Depending on the time of day, location and color of clouds, or lack of clouds, mist, haze, rain, lightning, sunbeams, sun patches…  There are so many variations of these, and other weather patterns that you get a different show every day.

Watch a video of hiking in the Andes near Cuenca, Ecuador

Climbing the Andes Mountains (Ecuador)

Mountains near Cuenca Andes Mountain Hike Ecuador Mountain Hike Ecuador hiking

There is one mountain in particular that we call “our mountain” because we see it every day.  Often one of us will say “quick, come look at our mountain” because it looks so beautiful we just have to share it with the family.  We all rush to the window and remark at its beauty, a minute later that moment is passed and it looks different again.

See more photos of Ecuador’s Andes Mountains

When I see the mountains I get a feeling of freedom, wide open spaces and adventure.  Needless to say we had to get a closer look at “our mountain”, so one day we asked some friends to hike it with us. We really enjoyed the day, and we plan to hike it again soon.

Hiking Down the Andes (Cuenca in the Background)

hiking the Andes Mountains descending the Andes Mountain Hike Ecuador Mountain Hike

Check out another hike: We hiked an active volcano: Sierra Negra in the Galapagos

The scenery was so beautiful that it would be extremely hard to put into words, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking. I hope you enjoy our mountain near Cuenca, Ecuador.

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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.

7 comments… add one
  • Ed Fick May 25, 2012, 2:48 pm

    I received your contact info from Rocio Datin. We are planning on staying at her place from Feb 5 thru Feb 28. We are then coming to Cuenca for about 20 days. Plan on arriving Mar 1st. Your article about her place sold us on staying there.

    Do you know who I might contact to help find us an apartment in Cuenca? We are looking for a safe, clean, central location unit.

    Will we be able to hike the mountains without a guide?

    Have signed up for you updates. We live in Austin, Texas and this will be our first visit to Ecuador. Thanks in advance for your help. Love to buy you lunch when we arrive in your beautiful city.

    • Bryan Haines May 28, 2012, 9:19 am

      Hi Ed – Rocio’s place in Quito is beautiful. For help here in Cuenca, you should contact Doug & Lisa Willis.

      We hiked the mountain with some friends who grew up in the area. Because you have to cross through private property, there is a need to be discrete. Having friends who know the area wouldn’t be a bad idea.

      All the best on your plans.


  • Lisa Nov 7, 2010, 8:06 pm

    Hola guys, Love the pics from your hike, the area looks so beautiful. Wish we could come for a month, maybe some day. I sent your site address to Anthony. Hugs all around. Rick just said to say Hello. "Hello"


  • Judy and Bill Collin Oct 29, 2010, 3:03 pm

    How long did you take private Spanish lessons at Simon Bolivar? We plan on doing that for the month of June while we are checking everything else out.

    • Bryan Haines Oct 29, 2010, 7:22 pm

      We took just one week, and the teacher (trying to be helpful) tried to fit one month into one week and we ended up being totally overwhelmed. The school was excellent and they are very nice. But you might want to take control of the pace.

      And because of their location, its easy to skip out to a bakery or coffee shop. Its just two block from Parque Calderon

      You might also enjoy: How we Learnt Spanish – Work in Progress.

      Enjoy the class.

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