Cuenca may be Ecuador's third-largest city, but if you venture just a few kilometers outside the city center, you'll find yourself at one with nature. For the best hiking in the area, head to Cajas National Park. Hualambari Tours (tel. 07/2830-037; and TerraDiversa (tel. 07/2823-782; both offer horseback-riding and mountain-biking expeditions through the outlying mountains and forests, stopping at small towns along the way. Day trips run $45 to $90 (£30-£60) per person, including lunch, equipment, and transportation. Multiday trips and expeditions can also be arranged.

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