Fly (courtesy of Google Earth) to South America, to Ecuador, to Azuay Province, to Parque Nacional Cajas and the nearby city of Cuenca.
Then zoom in at the confluence of the Matador and Llaviucu rivers, two miles east of Llaviucu Lake. Valle Encantado is on the south side of Highway 582, going from Cuenca toward Guayaquil.
“Fly” around in Google Earth to get some idea of how massive these mountains are! A few miles west of Valle Encantado is the continental divide, so the east-flowing rivers begin in our area. The Llaviucu and Matador join at the SW corner of our property, becoming the Tomebamba River, which flows eastward through Cuenca, and eventually into the Amazon River to the Atlantic Ocean.
When the Incas ruled over this area, they built a road connecting their Pacific Ocean coastal road to the mountain highlands, in what is now southern Ecuador. That road goes past Llaviucu Lake, then past our Valle Encantado, then along the Tomebamba River to Cuenca. The remnants of that road are now a hiking trail in the Cajas National Park.
Developers Ron and Pati bought our 10 acres of land, formerly part of a dairy farm, more than 6 years ago. At that time it was adjacent to Cajas National Park. Following a long and tedious permit process, Ecuador’s government expanded the protected area of the Cajas several miles down the valley, including our land. Fortunately, the developers’ permits were ‘grandfathered in’ and construction of the Valle Encantado Condominium began about 4 years ago.
Our resident community hail from Peru, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, Phillippines, USA and Canada. All choose living in Ecuador for the climate, the friendly and welcoming people, and the tranquil lifestyle.