|CASCADA EL CHORRO - GIRON ECUADOR|
We decided to take off early Sunday morning for a day outing to a town called Giron. Because we spend a lot of our time in the city, going away for the day is a real treat. There are so many places we want to visit and see, and for an hour $1.00 bus ride, we can end up in the most amazing towns and scenic areas - one of the great advantages of living in Cuenca.
Giron is a small town about 45 minutes SW of Cuenca with a population of about 12,000. I wanted to visit Giron to hike up to El Chorro - a majestic waterfall cascading down a mountain outside of the town of Giron. So, off we went - wearing hiking clothes and shoes and packing our rain gear and a lunch. We caught a bus from El Centro to Feria Libre Mercado, and from there we flagged down a bus heading for Giron. It was a beautiful scenic ride. The bus passed through the small town of Giron and finally stopped for us at a country road that would take us up to the El Chorro area. It took us about 2 hours to walk this remote uphill winding road to the entrance of the falls. The day was sunny and warm with brilliant blue skies, and the journey there was another wonderful experiencing talking to locals along the way and watching the tiny faraway falls become closer and closer each step of the way.
PICTURES TELL THE STORY
We began our hike early - with the roosters!
El Chorro seemed so far far away - and it was!!
We were surrounded by lush brilliant green mountains along the way.
Samuel was our first local encounter - a kind and engaging gentleman who was walking towards the town of Giron. He must have been about 90 plus years old.
We visited for a spell, then parted ways - he hobbled on downhill and we continued our journey higher and higher......
The day couldn't have been more perfect weather-wise. It was raining steadily during our bus trip to Giron, but once we arrived, the majestic clouds and blue skies graced our journey.
El Chorro began to appear closer the longer we walked. I love this lush, green, mountainous area of Ecuador - it reminds me so much of Oregon.
Another small community appeared along the way - with a tiny church and quite a few seemingly abandoned houses.
We passed by lush farm vegetation....
......and several locals doing their laundry outside their homes (yes, by hand!!).
The road seemed like it would go on forever - and El Chorro began to look closer.......
We decided to stop and take a lunch and water break......
It's rare to see two extranjeros walking along this long and winding road towards the falls - even the dogs were checking us out and wondering?????
Ahhhhh, I think we're almost there - I think!
Is Bo waiting for me? Am I lagging behind? NOT! I was taking pictures - en serio!! Isn't this road absolutely beautiful?
I can hardly wait to get there. SOON!
Look at that blue sky! The flowers and lush foliage along the way left me speechless.
|I've heard this area is called the "Cloud Forest" because of persistent fog at the vegetation level. Well, we certainly picked the perfect day for warm, sunny, clear weather. The clouds were high and moving.|
It's always heart-warming to see animal families along the way!
More majestic breathtaking scenery before we finally arrive......
We're glad we brought our rain coat and rain poncho, and that we had on hiking shoes. It was wet, muddy, and slippery along the way. The stair climb was about 5 minutes, and suddenly there it was!!!!
|Worth every step we took to get here!|
|We stayed in the lower dryer area for quite some time - of course I was in my glory taking scenic photographs and basking in the lush green and rain forest beauty.|
If you decided to visit Giron's El Chorro, don't forget to wear sturdy waterproof hiking shoes, take rain gear, and plan on a full day to enjoy this lush and scenic area. You'll be glad you went!