Chuck and I went to Paute yesterday. It is located about an hours drive from Cuenca. It is lower and warmer there as a rule. A great place for growing flowers....which they do in the Paute river valley. Flowers for export.
Chuck loves going to the nurseries in Paute to buy plants. He never knows which plants will thrive in the Cuenca climate, but he is always buying and trying....some do well, others bite the dust.
While in Paute, we went to Corvel Restaurant for lunch. Although the downstairs backyard tables were closed for seating, Chuck and I set outside above and enjoyed the view. They have so many outside decorations that it takes time to actually see them all.
The relaxing lunch was delicious, as usual.
As we started back to Cuenca, Chuck decided to take a back road. In all our trips to Paute we had always taken the main highway along the river. For all of you who know Chuck, going the back road is his preferred route.
The back road did not follow the river, it went up into the Andes. Yesterday was gorgeous and the perfect day for this road adventure.
The views from the top were absolutely fantastic.
We started back down to Cuenca after we passed the small community of San Cristabol. Below is the San Cristabol church.
We are really enjoying the sunshine these days.