No track on the sleepers = no train trip.
From Tena we headed to Riobamba where we wanted to get the train further south and then on to Cuenca. But on the way to Riobamba there were large sections of the rail that were still being developed and we had heard reports that the trains weren’t running, so on arrival to Riobamba we decided to take the next bus on to Cuenca. Making for a 13hr day on the buses.
Cuenca was a colonial town with cobbled streets everywhere and old buildings and churches. There wasn’t that much to see and the air was very polluted, we walked around the city for a few days visiting a few markets and booking our bus trip over the boarder to Peru.