Pretty city, parks and weekend of golf....

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Flag of Ecuador  , Azuay,
Sunday, June 21, 2009

Since we fecked up our last hike so badly, decided it was time to get back on the horse and try again.

So thats how we ended up in Cuenca so that we could visit the Cajas national park...there is a never endind discussion over here over which city is nicer.. Cuenca or the capital Quito but we loved Cuenca... charming city full of colonial buildings, nice walk by the river and huge churches, most impressive catedral we have witnessed so far.

Cuenca riverCatedral CuencaCuenca catedral

We were also there to celebrate Corpus Christi.. four days of celebrations with music and fireworks every night.. not bad for a religious festival.

The place was swarmed with sweet stalls, one thing we have found hilarious over in South America is that towns and cities are not very inventive when it comes to business; one city will be full of electrical shops, another city will be full of hairdressers, another full of off licences while you struggle to get a drink in others... strange but funny...

Then the Cajas national park, stunning park, lots of lakes and of course hiking... lucky enough we met 4 people on the way that were as lost as us. Lucky enough there was an 19 year old English girl that had good map reading skills so we did not lose the trail too often. Lovely four hour walk.... tough at times due to the high altitude..and the fact that i forgot to wear my hiking boots and ended up sliding down all the mucky hills in my Nike Air Max. Highlight was the lakes and walking through the paper forest; the barks of the trees were like cigarette papers...
Cajas national parkBeautifulknackered...

Fun was had by all and another well deserved dinner, drinks and more fireworks when we made it back to Cuenca.
cajashiking buddies...firework that landed on Stephens head...

Golf time: arrived in town called Riobamba... not that pretty of a town but thats exactly what we wanted... as 4 days of golf for the US Open... so we literally did nothing but watch golf... had one night out here... first time we went to a nightclub in nearly 2 months...hilarious experience as always... only foreigners in there but all the locals very friendly... we both got to dance with the locals...  only problem was i cant drink beer and the wine is crap here so decided whiskey would be a good idea.... enough said....
US Open 2009
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