Hotel Francisco II
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... relatively rich farmland with potatoes and other vegetable crops and cattle much in evidence. The bus station was clean and well-organised and we easily booked tickets for tomorrow's much longer journey to Cuenca. Outside we hailed a taxi and the first to stop was driven by a woman who inspected the hotel address we showed her as if it was somewhere on the moon to judge by the head-shaking and mumbling. Her opening bid was for US$10 - outrageously ...
... to the batter stall and bought another two. This time they had added a couple of small chunks of white cheese to the middle of each, but surprisingly (considering the batter was sweet) it still went well with the batter. Then I had to start thinking about getting back to Baņos so I walked back through the main square, passing a stall next to the concert stage where a man was stretching glass bottles by melting and pulling the neck of each to make vases.
... retains some colonial buildings, the rickety Hostal de las Flores being one of
Chose a room with a balcony and big windows, not facing the
mountain unfortunately – sadly some of those big windows were in the shower
which does not have very effective privacy glass, a nice treat (teat?!) for all
the passers by!
Found friendly people in the fruit & veg shop with let
me try ...
... and made friends with a travelling violin troupe.
The next two stops, Saraguro and VIlcabamba, were nice mountain towns and we really enjoyed our time there, as well...although I got lazy and took no pictures.
PS I booked my return ticket to the States, flying to Detroit on August 13th, and then to Colorado on the 21st!!
PPS As an end note, if blogging has taught me anything, itīs that I overuse commas and parenthesis (sorry about that, folks).
... on dirt tracks. As we will find out later, a proportion is uphill as well as down!
Our only experience of mountain biking is around the gently rolling farm land around our home in England. Carolyn's brother John is an adrenaline junkie and a very keen mountain biker so I am keen to see what all the fuss is about. It doesn't take long to find out!
The first section of the route back is around 8kms back down to the NP entrance zig zagging down the dirt track ...