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Santa Isabel, Ecuador, Day Trip From Cuenca

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I did a little sightseeing and took a Santa Isabel, Ecuador, day trip from Cuenca yesterday. Santa Isabel is a small mountain town in Ecuador’s Yunguilla Valley just south of Cuenca. The population is around 20,000 and Santa Isabel is also a Canton (county) in Azuay Province. Cuenca is the capitol of Azuay.

Santa Isabel, Ecuador Day Trip From Cuenca

This is a very impressive little town and it’s warm all year long.

Santa Isabel is just off the highway that runs through the Yunguilla Valley. The bus I was on pulled off the highway and began a steep assent along a very pretty two lane road that had a manicured median with flowers and shrubs so it was obvious something was different.

We continued the assent as the road curved back and forth and out of the window on the left side I saw a  large and long retaining wall painted white with a mural on it, also painted on it were the words “Santa Isabel, Ecuador”.

We went past the mural and into town. The streets all seem to go up hill with steps and stairs, the sidewalks are all brick and very pretty. I’ve never seen anything like it.

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After the bus went past the mural, it pulled over and everyone got out so I did too. I had no idea where I was really but I knew there was a park somewhere. I continued walking up the hill and found a pizza joint, pretty good pizza about the size of a dinner plate for $3.

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As I left the pizza place I looked up and could see the top of a blue steeple several blocks away. I made my way over there and sure enough, there was the park beside the church with the blue steeple.

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Paul Acee

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Retired and living in Ecuador.

3 Comments

  1. Hello Paul,
    Ironically, Santa Isabel was on my list-to-do – We seem to have similar likes (I contacted you about biking in Cuenca and I have since established myself here permanently).
    I have also enjoyed your postings.
    What bus did you take going there?
    Were there any hotels there to stay overnight and is it worth it?
    Is the weather really warmer there generally than Cuenca as I am told?
    Would love to talk to you about this trip more in depth and perhaps meeting you.
    Please contact me at the provided email if that is a possibility.
    Muchas gracias.
    Marc

  2. Paul Acee

    Hi Marc,

    The bus fare is $2 each way. Catch it at the main terminal in Cuenca and it’s about a two hour trip each way.

    I’m looking at staying at the Hosteria Primaveri. A local I spoke with in Santa Isabel says it’s good and run by good people, and it’s a $2 taxi ride from downtown Santa Isabel to the hotel he said.

    Update 3/6/17: The Hosteria Primaveri is closed.

  3. If the streets are hilly, is the town built up the side of its valley? Looks very beautiful and only 46 miles from Cuenca: great. Lower elevation? Is that why it’s warmer?

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