Yes We Have Bananas

We left Cuenca early Wednesday morning not knowing what to expect or how the day would turn out. We (Mio Tours and I) were exploring a new tour opportunity and I was very anxious to investigate what lay ahead. The only drawback was it was a 3 to 3 1/2 hour trip and if the […]

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Photo of The Day #19

    The road between Cuenca and Santa Rosa, where we were heading to visit the Cacao Plantation, held many diverse geographical sights and landscapes. After you leave the general Cuenca area you hit a very dry and arid portion of the lower Andes. One of the most dramatic sight was the Hydro-Electric  Minas-San Francisco […]

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Photo of The Day #18

  One still experiences the Indigenous groups from the Andes while touring Cuenca. Both men and women wear this dress and each area is identified by different colors and hat styles.   It is an explosion of variations that is unique to each of their cultures. I am fascinated by each group’s scheme and can […]

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This Little Piggy Went to Market

Okay so I am not really a “little” piggy. I am a rather large piggy for my height. That is one of the reasons I keep coming back to Cuenca is to help myself lose weight. Each time I visit I lose ten to fifteen pounds. This is obviously a result of walking everywhere I […]

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Photo of The Day #17

  Okay I admit it. I like to have a hamburger every once in a while. I just can’t help myself. The burgers they serve in Ecuador have a little bit different spin that we are used to in the US. If you look closely you can see there is a slice of ham on […]

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Photo of The Day #16

    One can casually stroll about Cuenca and discover a shopper’s paradise a block away from the New Cathedral. The Market is located in front of the San Francisco inclosed markets and you will find very economical deals. In addition you can barter the price and you learn after a awhile that the original […]

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The La Joya Thai Restaurant Really Does Exist!!!

In March when Kim and I were in Cuenca last, we attempted several times to eat at this restaurant. The first time we couldn’t locate it, as the address was only represented by the cross streets. This is common in Cuenca. This can be very confusing at times, as the actual location can be over a half block away and you […]

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Photo of the Day #15

    I read earlier in the day yesterday that I could go around the corner and see a few examples of Artisan work, at the Mayors Gallery on the corner of Presidente Borrero and Simon Bolivar here in Cuenca. I am always enthusiastic about seeing local artists at work, where ever in the world […]

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Humitas, Quimbolitos y Tamales

After a day of walking around Cuenca and photographing the amazing architecture, one builds an appetite. My friends at Mio Tours introduced me to this rather small eating establishment in Cuenca. It is locate off Gran Columbia on calle Presidente Borrero before you get to calle Simon Bolivar. You really have to look for it as […]

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Photo of The Day #14

    This is the lady that I have bought all my fruits and veggies from. The bananas I bought 5 days ago are still good. She has the biggest avocados in the Mercado and looks for a green one and a ripe one for me each time I go. Her tomatoes are so tasty […]

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To “Cuy” or Not to “Cuy”

I have traveled to Ecuador several times before and have always decided not to try the food that is indigenous to the area and a staple item on the Inca’s diet. The last time Kim was with me and out of respect for her feelings I didn’t partake. This trip I couldn’t wait to dive […]

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Photo of the Day #13

    The first time I saw this I was petrified it was filled with illegal substances and would not set well with my mature body. I rarely drink soft drinks at home, but have to indulge when I see a bottle of this South American drink. Funny its produced and distributed by Coca-Cola, who […]

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The Magic is Getting Better at the Oro Verde

Every time I visit Guayaquil I stay at the Oro Verde and I have developed a relationship with the general manager and the front desk manager of the hotel. On this trip in I was placed in a section of the hotel that has been completely remodeled and is called the “Leading Suites” after the Leading Hotels of the World, an illustrious […]

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Photo of The Day #12

    I am not totally sure why I am so drawn to old doors, but I may be obsessed  when it comes to capturing the multitude of door images that abound in the world. Primarily my “Collection” is from Cuenca Ecuador and the El Centro or Old Town part of the city.   There […]

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The Road Most Traveled

  Every time I visit Ecuador I fly into Guayaquil and stay over night. There are no “direct” flights to Cuenca from current airline operations. I can either fly back to Quito spend the night and then fly into Cuenca or I can stay overnight and take a shuttle to Cuenca the next day. At my age the Quito route is about 25 […]

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Photo of The Day #11

  I love the old part of Cuenca. It has been around for hundreds of years and the Parque Calderon pictured above is at the center of this section of town. It is bordered on one side by the New Cathedral and on the other by the Old Cathedral built in 1557.   Both are […]

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Photo of The Day #10

  As I boarded my flight in DFW heading for Miami and eventually Ecuador, I found my self sitting beside two sisters that were lovely, intelligent and worldly traveled. They both were fair skinned and blond headed, but spoke perfect Spanish. I was puzzled to say the least. We started a conversation as I inquired […]

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Photo of The Day #9

    I absolutely love street art and actively search it out, no matter where I go in the world. Cuenca has some of the most appealing street art I have encountered. This photo was taken on a stairway from the Rio Tomebamba up to Calle Larga. The steps have wonderful art on both sides […]

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Photo of The Day #8

  I will never be able to get over the quantity and array of fresh fruits and vegetables available, in the Mercados in Cuenca. The assortments are mind boggling and I would say that I have never seen about 40% of the offerings.   As I will be there for an entire month plus a […]

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Photo of The Day #7

  On my first trip to Ecuador in October of 2011, I learned that they have a plethora of crabs available and the crabs are packed up in large bundles for sale at road side stands. It is an amazing site. I am positive I will see many again when I return to Cuenca in […]

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