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Hotel Fasaynan, Avenida Maria Auxiliadora, Tel: (07) 2267021. Located at the entrance to Sigsig, across the street from the bus terminal and a five minute walk to the centre of the village, this offers the best accommodation in town. The simple modern en-suite rooms are clean and bright with cable TV and ...
Oh what a day! I took the 8am bus from Cuenca to Gualaceo which supposedly has a good market. It's most famous for its Sunday market but I won't be here on Sunday so wanted to check out the market nevertheless. I stopped there for breakfast – Tortilla de choclo and Quimbolitas which is a little sweetish banana past wrapped in banana leave. But that was not filling enough. My second round was Encebollada, a kind of sourish ...
Short boat ride across to Fernandina Island and another lava walk where we saw more seals, Sally footed crabs, marine iguanas, finches and flightless cormorants. Learned a few swear words in Flemish also as one of the Belgian girls Pia accidentally deleted all her pictures off her camera, she had not backed any of them up so wasn't best pleased.
Snorkelling again but this time we had great visibility and the water was beautiful, lots of reef ...
On Sunday some of us students decided to visit several markets in the valley. We travelled by bus ($1.50) for one and half an hour to Sigsig and then made our way back to Cuenca, stopping at other places. Besides all types of food, from tropical fruit to live chickens there were also hats, traditional handicrafts, hammocks, jewelry, shoes and and and.
In every market there were also food stalls where you can try grilled pig or guinea ...
So anyway…up and away at 6.30, leaving Cuenca for the seaside at Punta da Sal. Landscape on route more of the same until we arrived at a beautiful beach that stretched for at least a mile should one have been bothered to walk it. Had a cheeky beer while unpacking all our **** off Jack, all the cooking stuff needed to come off as well as we would be self sufficient for the couple of days. Post erection of tent, this champagne backpacker ...