Our final stop in Ecuador. We were joined by fellow travellers and friends Marg and Ted for a week in the very charming small city of Cuenca.
It was a pleasant change from the hustle of Quito. We walked everywhere we wanted to go and now seem to be acclimatized to the altitude.
Cuenca has lots of ex-pats. 10 000 former US residents and plenty of Canadians. Those we met seem very happy here with the slow pace of life, very affordable cost of living and the mild year-round climate.
We are retired school principals (Peel, Ontario - Canada). Our fair weather home is at Sauble Beach, Ontario Canada.
In the winter we roam, trying to keep warm and looking for new adventures. This is a record of our travels.... full info
Quake!We woke up early this week to the rattling and shaking of an earthquake; common in the region, but not to us.
Nice AirbnbOur apartment is within an easy walk of the old town and the terrace gives us a panoramic view.
Touring CuencaWith Marg and Ted we have covered a few kilometres in and around Cuenca. This walking tour given by a local was outstanding.
Traditional dressThe older ladies all seem to dress traditionally. Not so the younger ones or the men.
Lovely old homesCan't say we have seen a better collection of well preserved older homes in one place.
Typically in cities like Havana there are more derelict and abandoned buildings than restored ones.
Cuenca deserves its World Heritage Site designation.
Pre Inca ruinsA number of civilizations have occupied this area for thousands of years. These farming terraces were constructed well before the Spanish invasion in the mid 1500s.
Pre Inca artifactsWe found a very interesting museum with a good collection of works, some going back up to 10 000 years.
NOT Panama hats!President Roosevelt is responsible for the misnomer. He was given one as a gift and assumed it came from Panama where he had visited the construction of the Canal. Cuenca is credited with their origin, hand woven from straw.
Local marketWe always enjoy wandering through local markets.
Great meal!We enjoyed fresh sea bass at this tiny (3 table ) restaurant.
This is EcuadorWe have been really impressed with the people of Ecuador.
They seem to be family oriented, happy and proud of their country.
In 7 weeks we have not seen anger, hostility or sensed that we were in danger (not just from this dear old lady!). Many many people try to sell various items in the streets but never get pushy..