“When you arrive at a fork in the road, take it.” (Yogi Berra) The back roads surrounding Girón are perfect for hiking, biking, or rambling around by car. You can walk or ride for hours in the countryside, experiencing rural life in the Andes.
The small town of Girón, just south of Cuenca, is nestled in the northern end of the Yunguilla Valley. It’s home to the Festival of the Bulls, an annual religious and cultural event that has been held for over a hundred years.
Laguna de Busa is a small lake at the base of the San Pablo hills, 2 kilometers from San Fernando, and about 60 kilometers from Cuenca. Legends say there are treasures of gold and silver in the depths of Laguna de Busa. We didn’t find any, but we enjoyed our visit.
El Churro waterfalls are located about 6 kilometres from the Andean town of Giron, roughly an hour south of Cuenca. We totally enjoyed our hike to the falls, and the scenic walk back to town.
A great day in the Andes thanks to Mario and his family and friends. We left Girón, drove through the picturesque Yunguilla Valley, drank some local liquor, hiked a few kilometres along a river, and came home with a lot of good memories – and a big bag of oranges.