|Cajas National Park - Outskirts of Cuenca Ecuador|
|Cajas National Park - Cuenca Ecuador|
|Cajas Lake - Cajas National Park, outside of Cuenca Ecuador|
|Amaru Zoo in Cuenca Ecuador|
3. Pumapungo Ruins and Botanical Gardens – Really pretty nature areas for enjoying peace and quiet, walking trails, duck pond, beautiful flower gardens and a bird sanctuary in a park-like setting. Enjoy the free roaming llamas in this park. Clean restrooms available.
|llamas in Pumapongo Botanical Park and Ruins in Cuenca Ecuador|
|Pumapungo - Cuenca Ecuador|
4. Paraiso Park – Cuenca’s biggest park has a nice duck pond with paddle boats you can rent. There are also walking trails through the woods and along the river.
Getting there: If walking, keep following the Tomebamba river and you will run into the park eventually. It’s located off of Paraiso Avenue and Pumapungo Avenida. You can also take Avenida Diez de Agosto going east, just keep walking until you reach the park.
5. El Centro: For the first time visitor the old town district with all of the Victorian architecture can be amazing! You'll find lots of little shops and stores, cafe's and restaurants in old town.
Getting there: Any taxi knows where “El Centro” is located. Or if walking, find the Tomebamba River and walk along the path of the river and when you get to the Cuenca University or Madre Park, go up the steps and there’s the center called El Centro.
6. Tomebamba River Walk – To walk most of this river walk, start out on Tres de Noviembre and Las Americas. Nice walk, which takes you to El Centro, and to Paraiso Park and beyond.
7. Yanuncay River Walk – To walk most of this river walk, start out on Primero deMayo and Las Americas. When you get to Tres Puentes (three bridges) you can turn left on Solano and go up into old town, or keep walking and got to Paraiso Park. Or you can turn right on Remigio Crespo and you’ll run into Madre Park in El Vergel district.
8. El Chorro Falls – The falls are about 45 minutes from Cuenca. Be warned only one tourist trap restaurant at the base of the mountain. You might want to pack a lunch? Nice walking trails up to the falls.
|El Chorro Falls in Giron Ecuador|
9. Park Calderon – If you are in El Centro, Park Calderon makes a great place to sit and relax after walking around in old town. We like to sit here and people watch and figure out what were going to do next. Many restaurants line the outskirts of the park.
Getting there: Park Calderon is located off of Luis Cordero and Mariscal Sucre.
10. Banos Pools and Spas - Natural mineral baths and massages and clay facials can be found at the spas. You’ll want to choose the adult only spas so you will not have to worry about kiddies peeing in the pool. There is NO chlorine in these pools, that’s why we’re so 'candid' about it.
Getting there: Go south on Avenida las Americas, turn right on Avenida Ricardo Duran. /You will see a gas station where you turn right at. Keep going (end of the road and it veers to the left) about five miles. You will see the signs for the hot mineral baths. I believe the adult minerals are all the way to the end. There's about ten different pools, if you can't find the adult only pool, ask some Ecuadorians.
Until we write again.
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