Hotel el Belen
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
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... the way. We learned how to make crowns out of palm hearts and about all the different uses for the bigger Amazon plants like cooking, weaving, building etc. Our guide Jamie also told us about the walking Palm - how they grow roots to move with the sun spots. They say they can move 1 meter within a year. Another family of the walking palm is a darker version and they say if you touch the half growing root the devil will follow you. (See photo) One of the ...
... with a pencil stuck up each nostril and cotton wool in my ears I got a signal long enough to download one email! Of course that one email would be junk, Amazon or eBay trying to sell me something, so it wasn't worth the effort.
So we were doing things the old school way. No internet searches to find out where the bus station was, what time buses run, no booking our next accommodation before we arrive. It reminded me of when I travelled 13. years ago, when internet ...
... told there were no tours until a free tour at 6.45 that evening. This is despite seeing people walk into the palace, on tours. We then went to the nearby Tourist Information booth for some information. Here a very helpful chap told us that everything was going to be shut at any moment, due to expected protests both for and against the government the following day.
We then went to Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, the most ornate church we ...
... home and changed and prepared for a night on the town, since this was Sunday, it was a pretty dry city, so we met up and were lucky to find a good steak place to eat. We ordered multiples of many orders as we ate in a group sharing the plates, and it was excellent. PLate after plate of meat were added to the table, chicken, roast, pork, filet Mignon, sausages, near the end we were all full and satisfied. One of the Americans decided to pay for the entire meal, ...
... a break I went to the bus station to buy my ticket for Saturday, but with Carnival travel still in full swing they wouldn't sell it to me until Saturday morning. Fearing a repeat of last Saturday's travel problems, I went back to my school kind of dejected. My professor went above and beyond, and immediately called a friend of hers at one of the bus lines to get me a reservation on an early bus from Ambato (a nearby town) direct to Cuenca. I was ...