Straw Hats, Flowers and the Evil Eye
Trip Start Jan 19, 2012
16Trip End Feb 03, 2012
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Then all aboard the bus again for a short trip across town and up to Turi township on top of a hill that looks down over Cuenca. Excellent photo op!
Back down the hill to the old town center. Gonzalo hands us off to Narciza Ullauri who conducts the tour, visiting squares and cathedrals. We say good-bye for now (she will be back for our evening lecture at the hotel) and Gonzalo continues the walking tour including a stop at a lovely flower market outside a mortuary and convent, and a shaman selling tokens to guard against the evil eye
We continue our walk through Cuenca back to the hotel where we're released from all guided activities until the lecture before dinner. I use the time to organize photos and catchup on the journal. The lecture by Narciza covers the history of the area and the Incan influence. After the official lecture, she candidly answers questions about a favorite topic: women's rights in Ecuador (which apparently is an oxymoron of sorts).
Dinner at same restaurant as the previous night and then to bed.