Travel Blogs from Cuenca
... of Ecuadorian origin. Made from the plaited leaves of the Carludovica palmata plant, known locally as the toquilla palm. They first became a hit in the mid-nineteenth century and are still popular today, everyone who is anyone has a Panama hat. The most expensive one we saw was $150 USD. A standard hat will cost you $30 USD in Ecuador but in the USA your looking at about $80 for the same hat.
Cuenca was a great city, rich with history and full of ...
... the beach and said bye to it too. Annette and I got the 1pm bus to Guayaquil passed some stunning beaches along the way and then a plane to Cuenca, the third largest city in Ecuador and known for its colonial style although was dark when we got in so didn't see much of it. The plane was one of the small propeller ones with only 16 people on board and although I am not generally a nervous flyer I did think it turbulence in a plane that size seems worse. Still all went smoothly apart ...
... other greenery. In one courtyard there was a eucalyptus garden.
As we walked round, I noticed that the walls of the rooms were very thick – no doubt a remainder from when the place was a mental institution. I asked Paola about the history of the building but unfortunately she didn’t know anything about it apart from that it had been a mental institution; nor was there any written information about the building’s history.
I had to fulfil a ...
... have worried me more only I'm used to terrible driving in Guayaquil! At least the road was of good quality.
We drover higher, broke through the clouds and kept on going. I kept getting glimpses of the view of the clouds spread below us with mountaintops peeping through, as if we were in an aeroplane! It was amazing, but I never managed to get proper photos of it because the road barrier and trees and bushes kept blocking the view and I never got more than a second or two ...
... huge amount in and we find ourselves stopping every few metres to look at something new. Butterflies are all around, some smaller than a little fingernail, some a couple of inches across. There are lots of different birds around and, even though we are not bird watchers we, using the guide provided by the park warden we spot some Black Chested Buzzard-Eagles, a few kestrels and even (we think) a couple of parrots. We see animal droppings along the path, ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking