Sorting out tours, then off for some museum time

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The river flowing down to the ruins of Tomebamba, same location as museum

Not too spectacular a day this one, it was more about lining up some time out in the National park for the following day. Cuenca is a very easy city to walk around so I never found any need for taxis except for to airports and bus stations (and I finally found an ATM.  So I managed to wander to a tour company called Terra Diversa to have a look in to options for the following day. Unfortunately early in the week a lot of the more active tours (mountain biking etc) aren't offered so the best on offer was a one day hike in Cajas National Park for $30 so I went for that.

So with plans all sorted I thought I'd head to the Banco de Central museum, I think I'd had enough museum-free time since Europe to face them again.

Apparently some tribes dressed up as cartoon character dogs :)
  It was pretty good, and I did like a lot of the paintings by Rafael Troya (I think I got that spelling right ?) but I suffered a little from only about half the captions being in English.  Still this has some benefit in that you ending up looking at the thing on display rather than just the caption!

There were a few interesting facts here and there, like the fact that the Shuar tribe gives a new-born baby a hallucinagen as soon as it is born. Quite a trippy way to come in to the world!  One of the other ¬®highlights¬®of the museum that the guidebooks mention is that there a re ruins out the back from the Inca empire.  However these are ruins only in the loosest sense of the word, you need a quite a bit of imagination to picture the Incas walking around with intact houses here

 

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The river flowing down to the ruin…
The river flowing down to the rui…
Apparently some tribes dressed up …
Apparently some tribes dressed up…
The ruins of Tomebamba
The ruins of Tomebamba
Terraced ruins behind the museum
Terraced ruins behind the museum
The llama likes the ruins, so shou…
The llama likes the ruins, so sho…
They sure have some purty parrots …
They sure have some purty parrots…
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