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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
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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

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca November 15th 2015

OK, here we are again catching up on my updates. Exactly a year ago I was down in Antarctica so one can see how time flies. So without wasting any more time here we go. After having had a fantastic time on the Galapagos Islands, and before the beaches in north Peru is was time for a change. Beach life is pretty cool, but there are so many cultural sights in Ecuador it was time to put my shorts away and get the cold weather gear out. On the morning of the flight from The Galapagos Islands back to the mainland my Aussie surfer friend and I took a taxi back to the airport and it was a bit sad to leave this wonderful location. But everything has and end and new adventures were waiting for ... read more
On the way to Cuenca
On the way to Cuenca
On the way to Cuenca

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca November 9th 2015

Quito, Ecuador to Cuenca Riding out of Quito was nice with great views back to the Virgin of Quito statue on the hill. The temperature was cooler due to the altitude and I wore my rainsuit for warmth until nearly 2pm when we stopped for lunch. The riding was mountainous with several active volcanoes and desert-like vegetation of agaves and cacti and we rose in altitude quickly to 3621 masl. Again some magnificent basilicas in the cities and grand churches in each town. We arrived in Cuenca at 4.30 and settled into our hotel. Trev and I then went for a quiet stroll around the streets and saw some cool historical buildings that took my eye so we went to take some pictures. When we got closer we found what looked like some sort of demonstration ... read more
Ecuador colours on a building leaving Quito
Looking back at the virgin statue, Quito
Cotopaxi, an active volcano in Ecuador

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca September 29th 2015

How to get there: I caught a 9am bus from Banos to Cuenca for $12 - I had to change in Riobamba but the conductor told you to get off & ushered you to the other bus with your packs. We had 1 stop for bus drivers to get food (& a bathroom break) & the trip took 8hrs. I met a girl called Jin from near Shanghai on the bus so we decided to find a hostel together. We caught a local bus into the city for 25c - exact change is needed. Where I stayed: La Casa Cuencana $8/night for dorm with bathroom had the dorm just for 2 of us. Clean, wifi good & water warm. Kitchen is ok but not that well supplied. What I did: Day 1: I wasn't feeling to ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca September 26th 2015

Today we went for a walk. It was the “Caminata por la Paz” (Walk for Peace). It started at Parque San Blas and went through downtown Cuenca and ended at Parque de La Madre (Park of the Mother). We were carrying a banner with a quote from Matthew 5:9 (NIV) - Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. It took us about two hours. Some of it slow, waiting for traffic to pass, or fast, trying to catch up after the traffic had passed. There were a couple of thousand people in the walk. We took a number of pictures, but people all along the route were taking pictures of all the attendees as well. Those of us from Calvary Chapel were singing worship songs and we even had some cheering ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca September 21st 2015

On Saturday we finally had the opportunity to volunteer with Happy Dogs Cuenca. This is a group of Ecuadorian veterinary doctors, vet students and vet techs that work with an organization called ARCA (I don't know what it stands for). They set up places in different neighborhoods where they can go and perform spay and neutering on the dogs and cats in those neighborhoods. On Saturday there were four people that performed 70 surgeries. We were there until they were working on the 62nd animal. Debi was working on sterilizing the instruments and getting them to the surgeons... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca September 14th 2015

Well, the first picture below is one that I took from someone else's FB post. I didn't know he took the picture, but it was while I was on the stage at church taking pictures of all the kids at the Samaritans Purse Shoebox event. For about a year, one of the other elders at church has been trying to get Debi and I to join the Gideons. He is the president of one of the local camps (chapters). So a couple of months ago we did. We have a ttended a few meetings and this morning we wen to one of the hospitals in town, the IESS Hospital (Social Security Hospital). There were 10 of us, Debi and I being the only gringos. We went to all seven floors, to all the rooms and all ... read more
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