Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands - Cuenca & the Southern Highlands (Chapter)
This is the Cuenca & the Southern Highlands chapter from Lonely Planet’s Ecuador & Galapagos Islands guidebook.
Still mountainous, but also more benign, traveling the southern spine of the Ecuadorian Andes ushers intrepid travelers down through lush valleys that secrete some real treats: pastille-hued colonial towns and cities and remote villages where indigenous culture thrives. And – with the exception of the famous regional capital Cuenca – the highways and byways are way less traipsed.
- lose the gringo trail in a blink with a DIY adventure through the region’s seldom-visited indigenous communities
- grab your boots for a hike in the eerie moors of Parque Nacional Cajas
- perfect the art of relaxation in Vilcabamba with massages and horse riding
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: Cuenca & around, Parque Nacional Cajas, Ingapirca, Gualaceo, Chordeleg, Sigsig, Principal, Saraguro, Loja, Parque Nacional Podocarpus, Zamora, Vilcabamba, Zumba & the Peruvian Border, Catamayo Area, Catacocha, and Macará & the Peruvian Border.
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