Ecuador!

Had on time and uneventful flights on COPA from Miami to Panama City to Guayaquil. Lovely meals served on both and discovered that Guava Juice and Rum is a tasty cocktail!

After a short taxi ride to the combo shopping mall/food court/bus station and a little bit of difficulty in finding the ticket office, we boarded our bus to Cuenca. Because Ecuadorians are relatively small, we bought 4 seats to make sure we had leg room. They assigned us the front row so we had extra. I guess we traveled business class the whole trip!

The ride from the coast up to 8399 feet took about 3.5 hours but it was beautiful. The picture at the top of his post was just after we left the city. The rest are as we rode up higher and higher. Lots of switchbacks. I can only imagine how beautiful without the fog in must be in some places. At two places vendors literally jumped on the moving (albeit slowed down) bus and rode a bit. One had ice cream and two others had baskets of empanadas and other pastries. They then jumped off and I guess rode a different bus back to their starting point? We passed huge fields of sugar cane and bananas and/or plantain trees. At roadside stands we saw those, pineapples (hanging upside down), dragonfruit and tons of pumpkin and other goards.

Unfortunately we hit at Friday rush hour when we got to Cuenca so it took another 45 minutes to get through town to the bus station. Then a short taxi ride to our Airbnb and we can finally have a real night of sleep! We did go around the corner and have dinner from a Mom, Pop and 3 kids stand? Stall? Former Living Room? Around the corner. Had two skewers (one pork and pork sausage, the other turkey and chicken) with rice, lentils (or some bean that looks like a lentil) potatoes and plantains. Along with two warm cokes our total bill came to $6!

We are now back in the apartment and this is our view of the cathedral from our balcony.

More later…but after 57 hours of traveling with only a 2 hour plane nap and a 4.5 Hotel sleep, I am going to bed! ‘Night