Helen and Paul World Tour 2005/06 travel blog

Colonial church in Cuenca

Cuenca main square

Another colonial church

Arrived in Cuenca to find a very polluted and yet beautifully built city. The vast majority of the buildings are of old Spanish colonial design. Unfortunately the amount of buses that trawl the city roads spewing out thick black smoke spoils the whole vibe of the place.

Spent the first day shopping for a transformer adaptor as Equador runs of 110 volts and so our battery charger would not work whilst we were in Ecuador and the Galapagos - hence there would be no pictures. Managed to find one that didn't weigh a ton.

Also managed to find Helen a very nice genuine Panama hat. They are called Panama hats because they were initially exported from Ecuador through Panama and onto England. However they are now exported directly from Ecuador and this is where you can buy the genuine article.

The second day we wanted to go fishing in a national park just outside Cuenca, but when we arrived at the bus station the people there were about as useful as a chocolate fire-guard and after 30 minutes of trying to discover which bus to take we jacked it in and went back to the room. Fortunately (for Paul) we got to watch Liverpool stuff Chelsea 2-1 and move in to the final of the FA Cup - Wahoo!!

Next day we left on a 10 hour bus journey for Quito.

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