|A small portion of one of the markets in Cuenca|
Another tradition we witnessed during our visit to the market is the removal of the mal de ojo (evil
Located on the outskirts of the city, the privately-owned, 40-acre Amaru Zoo, provided a glimpse at a
Cuenca is currently undergoing a transformation, and Gran Colombia, one of the main streets through the city center (and the street where we were staying) has an electric tram system being installed to help reduce the pollution which is starting to take hold of the city due to the many diesel buses. Completion was originally set for July, but like most road project, this one is behind schedule. Though, it should be a nice addition to the city upon completion.
There are numerous things to love about the Ecuadorian highlands, but one of the things we appreciated most was the delightful weather. Temperatures range somewhere between 50-75 year round. We were visiting during the rainy, winter season, which runs from October to May. The dry, summer season runs from June to September. But there isn't much difference in the temperatures between the two seasons. During our rainy season stay, weather frequently started in the morning at 55 degrees, peaked for a few hours at 75, and at some point during the afternoon or evening it would rain.
We'll be taking a couple of side trips from Cuenca, and then down to the hot, steamy coastal city of Guayaquil, and then on to the Galapagos. Can't wait!
|Acrylic artwork from the Museum of Modern Art near San Sebastian Plaza|
|We knew the Andean Condor was big, but had no idea it was this big!|
|Street entertainer in Cuenca|
|Restaurants in many Ecuadorian cities offer Daily Specials, a $2.50 lunch, which includes|
soup, entree with a side and a small salad, dessert and a beverage.
Very popular with the 10,000 gringo retirees in Cuenca!
|Street entertainers near the New Cathedral|