Cuenca: a top little city

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The interior of the large church next to the Plaza de Arms

Arriving in Cuenca's historic centre, it wasnt the Ecuador we knew. The colonial style buildings with little balconies were all class, there were trendy little cafes everywhere, lots of clothing and shoe stores, some organisation in the road rules, a beautiful river running through the middle....it was definitely a place that had its act together. A student town with a number of Universities, it had a vibe that was different to what we had so far experienced in Ecuador. Not better or worse, just different.

The historic buildings were the main reason for us visiting and they didnt let us down. My only regret being that I didnt get more photos. The narrow cobblestone streets were also a highlight. We stayed in an excellent hostel, 'El Cafecita' I think it was called.

Some of the impressive architecture in Cuenca
For $7 a night the rooms were excellent, the bathrooms in good condition and it had an excellent restaurant/bar attached which seemed to be a main spot for locals to hang out as well (Note: dorm rooms open directly into the restaurant area and could possibly get loud of a night). We also ate at one of the best places I have eaten since leaving Australia and funnily enough it was called 'Cafe Eucalyptus'. Really really good food, moderate prices (still damn cheap for tourists), an excellent setup with upstairs and downstairs eating, and great music which was even better. The flavour of the night was 60's ragtime/swing but I think they also have alot of live music in there as well. A class place.

We pretty much covered the sights in 2 days and with the weather not so flash we decided to head for Vilcabamba...a case of leaving the best to last!!

Hasta luego,
Dave

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