After the lengthy boarder-crossing process, unfortunately we only had 3 days to spend in Ecuador. Someone at our hostel in Cusco had just finished her semester abroad in Cuenca and the city came highly recommended to us, so we decided to spend our first two nights there. Cuenca is a beautiful small city with gorgeous architecture, a temperate climate (at least while we were there), and is apparently the number 1 place for retirees from the U.S. and Europe to settle.
We arrived in the city late, and after spending most of the day traveling and not having had a real lunch, we were famished. We found an artisinal pizza place that was owned by an Argentine and had fugazetta, this tasty cheesy pizza that is popular in Buenos Aires. After stuffing ourselves with pizza we ventured back to our hostel for the night--it is amazing how exhausting spending the whole day in buses can be.
The next morning we wandered around the city for a bit and decided to take one of those touristy double-decker bus tours for the first time on the trip.
The next day we went to the money museum, which gives you a history of Ecuadorian money, from before the Spaniards come until right before they switched to the U.S. dollar. Ah yes, I should mention it was strange to be paying with U.S dollars after months of not using them. And it was very nice for once not to have to figure out yet another conversion.
|Baby Jesus in a shoe (found on the dashboard in one of our cabs)|
|Along the Melacon 2000|
Since we had less than 24 hours in Guayaquil, we didn't too much other than walk along the Melacon and visit a plaza in the city that is full of iguanas.
|2012.5 Cuenca, Ecuador|
|2012.5 Guayaquil, Ecuador|