Cuenca to Guayaquil by road
Today we drive from Cuenca to Guayaquil. Many folk take the 30-minute flight instead but we prefer our guests experience what must be one of the most scenic roads in the world. From Cuenca we take the route through the El Cajas National Park, up to a viewpoint of over 14,000 feet and then down to the coast. It's absolutely stunning.
El Cajas National Park is famous for wonderful scenery including numerous small lakes. On the edge of the park we make a comfort stop at a hotel and trout farm called Dos Chorreras. To get to the toilets you need to walk through a rather well-stocked souvenir shop, and quite a few of our guests get distracted on route. Nice souvenirs though!
Continuing through the National Park we make a scenic stop at the highest point on the road at 14,000 feet. We are then downhill, passing through rain forest and cloud forest on the route to the coast. We stop for lunch at a cafe Richard has used before. It sits on the edge of the mountain slope, and we can see an amazing carpet of cloud in the valley below.
On the coastal road we visit a family owned cocoa plantation, and crack open a fruit to see the cocoa beans inside. We try the taste and then pass around the wet wipes! As we continue we also pass by banana plantations and rice fields, and see Roadside Hawks and numerous Black Vultures.