We will be travelling in Ecuador in July and after time in Quito, Cotopaxi day trip and then Quilotoa will be in Banos for 3 nights and then would like to head to Cuenca prior to going to Guayaquil which is our departure point for the Galapagos.
One of our main reasons to go to Cuenca is to visit El Cajas National Park although the city also looks wonderful. However, the 8 hour bus ride from Banos feels like a long way (we would have a maximum of 2-3 nights in Cuenca).
Appreciate comments if going to Cuenca is recommended if El Cajas is our focus or if we would be better to spend the extra time perhaps in another area between Quito and Banos and instead head to Guayaquil directly from Banos.
Also if anyone has a driver or transport service they would recommend from Banos to Cuenca we would welcome information.