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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca July 12th 2019

Snapshots of Cuenca, one the most comfortable spots in South America (aside from the traffic, and assuming you're a tourist and not a Venezuelan refugee, which there are plenty of, many of them flashing their useless Venezuelan currency, which is a pretty effective way to evoke sympathy): *A weekday evening and Peggy and I stroll toward Parque San Sebastián. The faint melody of 'Barbie Girl' crescendos as we turn the corner to find dozens of locals aerobic dancing, led by instructors atop the church steps. We sit outside at the adjacent Jodoco Belgian Brew to watch. *Through the showcase window of Cafe Austria on a Sunday evening, a man urinates on the steel shutters of a storefront across the street. He's at it for awhile, his head tilting back in relief, but abruptly zips up and ... read more
Páramo of Parque Nacional Cajas
Death Trap Road
Cuenca City Center

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca February 24th 2019

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. Next stop, Lima Peru.... read more
Nice Airbnb
Touring Cuenca
Traditional dress

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca January 1st 2019

We decided to make an effort for Christmas this year, so have rented a nice, modern apartment in Cuenca for a month. This is the city that we hope to move to later this year, so we have been enjoying exploring the different neighbourhoods and experiencing some traditional Ecuadorian Christmas and New Year celebrations. For the first week in Cuenca we stayed in Tortuga at an overlander campground - well, driveway - run by a very welcoming Ecuadorian family. It's a tiny little place and can squeeze in about 4 small vehicles at a push, but Miryam and Richard were so kind and friendly that we felt at home right away, and I especially enjoyed befriending their sweet 9-year old daughter Romina. We were also able to meet up with our friends Jen and Kyle, the ... read more
Christmas Eve parade
Cute kids with a basket of roasted guinea pigs!
Free chicha!

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca June 23rd 2018

Nach unserer Zugfahrt, haben Sanne, Soya und ich Alausi um halb 12 verlassen und sind gegen 16h in Cuenca angekommen. Dort haben wir uns dann von Soya verabschieded und wir waren beide nicht darauf versessen sie wiederzusehen. Sie war ziemlich nervig die letzte Nacht und morgens im Schlafsaal weil sie sehr viel lärm machte und jeden aufweckte und, ganz ehrlich, sie war ziemlich komisch. Unser Hostel, das Bauhouse Hostel, war ok aber nicht das beste. Die Türen, Betten und Böden machten jede Menge krach, das Frühstück war nicht gut und viel zu teuer, es gab keine Steckdosen für die oberen Betten und das Hostel war sehr kalt (nicht nur die Temperatur sondern auch die Atmosphäre). Das Personal war super nett, aber die wussten nicht viel über die Stadt und die Aktivitäten in der Umgebung. Unser erster ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca June 23rd 2018

After our train ride, Sanne, Soya and I left Alausi at 11:30AM and we arrived to Cuenca around 4PM. There we said goodbye to Soya and we were not very keen on seeing her again. She had been pretty annoying that night and morning in the dorm, making a lot of noise and waking up everybody and, honestly, she was a bit weird. Our hostel, the Bauhouse hostel, was ok but not the best. Doors, beds and floors made a lot of noise, breakfast wasn’t good and way too expensive, there were no power plugs for the upper beds on the bunkbeds and the hostel was very cold (not just the temperature, also the atmosphere). The staff was super friendly, but not very knowledgeable about the different activities or the area. Our first evening in Cuenca ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca March 10th 2018

We arrived in Quito at about 10pm and then got on a Cuenca bound night bus to the village of Alausi, where we were going to ride the Devil’s Nose train journey the next day. We took the latest bus possible, but still arrived at Alausi at the awkward time of 4:30 am. Thankful for alarms and GPSs, we were able to get some sleep on the bus while also being aware when to tell the driver to let us off. We were also thankful that a taxi was waiting where the bus stopped on the side of the highway to take us down into town. The train station doesn’t open until 7:30 so we had a chilly little sleep in the plaza until the town woke up. There aren’t a lot of places we would ... read more
Nariz del Diablo
Nariz del Diablo
Nariz del Diablo

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca July 25th 2017

David here... We left Latacunga in high spirits. However about 10 minutes into the journey Suzanne spotted a family standing by a horse lying in a pool of blood by the side of the road, obviously hit and killed by a vehicle. The woman was still holding the reins and they were all looking down in shock and disbelief. This was really upsetting and it took us a while to shake off the feeling of sadness for the family and the horse. We arrived into Ambato after an hour and bought tickets to Cuenca on the 12:00 bus, getting seats together, which is why we wanted to take this route over trying to stop a bus on the highway. The tickets cost $9 each. We had a 2 hour wait so got coffee. Suzanne asked for ... read more
Pumapungo ruins park
Pumapungo ruins park
Pumapungo ruins park

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca July 28th 2016

I spent a couple of days in Cuenca on my way towards Peru, it is a beautiful city, the most modern I have been in so far. I liked it better than Quito I must say. I didn't do much apart from a couple of museums and walking around ! ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca January 10th 2016

From everyone that I had talked to and from everything that I had read, Ecuador sounded like a dangerous place. Overnight buses were apparently prone to hijacking and items have been reported as stolen from under your seat! I knew not to trust one bus company that had a lot of bad reviews including the drugging of passengers and subsequent stealing from them (CIFA - guess you can't trust any organisation with a acronym ending in -IFA) so I went with one taken by a guy I had met at the hostel who had no problems with them. And I had no problems with them in the end myself, as did Becca and Niels, both of whom were following me to Cuenca having met them at the hostel in Mancora. I didn't sleep great though, as ... read more
Tsantsa
Colonial Architecture
Inside The Cathedral

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca December 22nd 2015

There is a very good reason for Cuenca´s reputation as being Christmas (Navidad) Central. Nowhere greets the festive season with greater enthusiasm. The city seemed to be completely infused with the Christmas Spirit. We arrived in Cuenca in the early evening to find a bus terminal with a helpful tourist office which was able to provide a map and public transport information. We quickly found the bus that could take us to the historic centre, taxi charge successfully avoided thank you lovely tourism lady! Cuenca is a beautiful colonial city with all the mod cons that the daily lives of Cuencanos demand (eg. Anime and comic stores) We couldn’t help but admire the colonial architecture juxtaposed with Honda, Superman and advertising. The location of our hotel was perfect. With a roof top terrace that overlooked the ... read more
King for the Dance
Colourful and high enery twirls
The star over Bethlehem... Cuenca




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