“A cheery relaxation is man’s natural state, just as nature itself is relaxed. A waterfall is concerned only with being itself, not with doing something it considers waterfall-like.” (Vernon Howard)
El Churro waterfalls are located close to the Andean town of Giron, roughly an hour south of Cuenca. About 6 kilometers uphill from town, the falls are easily accessible by taxi. I recommend you taxi up and walk back down – the scenery is spectacular.
We caught a ride up with Scott and Ana who run the vacation rental in Giron where we stayed after moving there from Puerto Lopez. It’s called “A Beautiful Escape from Cuenca” and stands up to its name. It’s an excellent little apartment on a property with a panoramic view. They are great people – knowledgeable of the area, bilingual, and always up to playing ping-pong – but they’re pretty competitive!
They dropped us off at the entrance to the trail, and after a short 5-minute hike up a steep path, we came to a bridge that crosses a small pool at the base of the waterfall. It was wet and slippery – and windy – but we crossed carefully and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the cascading water.
There’s also a restaurant, cabins to rent, a picnic area, some other short hiking trails, and fishing for trout in a pond. We walked back to town, all downhill, a relaxing hike with fantastic views.
If you ever visit Girón, you must take a day to visit El Churro waterfalls. Plan to walk back to town – you’ll enjoy the trip.
For a six-week party, enjoy bull running in the streets of Girón during La Fiesta de los Toros.
Off to Laguna de Busa next, for more hiking…