A Casa Naranja
Travel Blogs from Cuenca
Ecuador is full of surprises.
Firstly it is quite cold. Being on the equator one would expect steamy heat, but our travels are taking us through mountainous country, including snow capped volcanic peaks.
Secondly, Ecuador does not have a currency of their own, but instead all transactions are in $US. The $US goes a long way though …
... made me realise the altitude. We passed through low-lying clouds - for about 10-15 minutes we couldn't see more than about 10 feet ahead, and although we were driving along a mountainside we
couldn't see over the side at all. I thought this a shame because I guessed the view was probably amazing. The driver only slowed down a little bit at the many bends in the road, and on several occasions during the whole journey he talked on his mobile and drove at the same time, ...
... to the 19th century as well as a currency museum which showed the various coins and notes used as currency for many years prior to deciding on the USD as their currency.
We didnt get up to much else here in Cuenca as the weather didnt permit and to be honest there wasnt much else to do.
We are looking forward to Banos where there is lots of things to do on offer as well as a large volcano to see.
... good food, reasonably priced and a rather old fashioned feel to it. The Elqui valley was gorgeous and the Atacama sky sensational. It's a place I wouldn't mind coming back to, except its just so far from anywhere, a real feeling of being isolated at the end of the known world. Australia is the next land and that's on the other side of the planet, Europe and the USA also, and even the nearest neighbour ...
After arriving in Cuenca, we quickly taxied our way to the hostel at 6am, hostel was one of the finest we,ve stayed in, gr8 facilities which allowed us to cook for ourselves instead of eating out for probably the first time in 2 months, it was very welcome.
After the terrible nights sleep on the bus, we had to return to the sack and by the time we started our day, half of it was gone. We then met a guy from Dublin and after visiting ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
No English but next door happy to translate, basic but large rooms, we had an early trip but the proprietor was happy to provide a 6am breakfast. Clean and central location. Good value for the price.
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