Cuenca Travel Blog› entry 10 of 48 › view all entries
Cuenca - written up as the 3rd largest and most attractive of Ecuador´s cities. Unfortunately, it far from lived up to expectations and sadly left a bitter taste at the end of a superb 3 weeks in Ecuador.
The journey from Baños had been yet again been filled with great views on a lovely clear day starting with the erupting Volcan Tungurahua near Baños, passing Volcan Chimborazo (providing us with the views we wanted on the day we climbed it), through Alausi and passed where the Devils Nose finishes. The road continues, providing even better views driving across the mountainside looking down on the clouds !! (Unfortunately I was on the wrong side of the bus but photos will be traded with Marie so watch this space).
Cuenca itself started well. Staying near the main plaza, it provides a nice setting for breakfast. We walked down the riverside which is also very pleasant. Unfortunately that´s where it ends as the Incan ruins were pitiful and of the much lorded plazas all around the city, 5 have been very wisely dug up at the same time leaving most of the city as a building site. To muse over whether to cancel our 2nd night in Cuenca and move onto Loja that evening we took lunch in a cafe off San Francisco plaza. On leaving, Dave´s day bag had vanished including his prized IPod, phone, glasses, sunglasses, waterproof, fleece and guide book. Give them credit, as they had sneaked it from under him whilst all four of us were sat at the table.
Whilst out shopping for replacements, two stunning latinos pulled up in a car asking if we wanted a lift and asked us to stay for an extra night. Tempting as it may have been, somethings are just too good to be true and weren´t going to be stung twice. Left Cuenca and resultantly Ecuador wishing we had stayed longer in Baños :-(