Cuenca is rather boring on the weekend
Trip Start Jul 12, 2006
17Trip End Aug 23, 2006
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We were about 2/3 through the last movie when we arrived in Cuenca (so I didnīt see Seagal actually come for the guy who betrayed him, but Iīm guessing he gets him in the end), so I caught a taxi into the downtown area
I was dropped off in front of a hostel I read about in my guidebook. The gates were closed but they let me in when I rang the bell, so I walked up the seven flights of stairs (the hostel is perched atop an office building) only to be told, ``No hay espacio.īī (``There isnīt any space.īī) I was obviously thrilled.
Upon walking back down I met two Americans, Heather and Sven, who were getting out of a taxi in front of the hostel. I informed them that there wasnīt room up there, so we decided to walk together for two blocks to another hostel in the guidebook. There was space there, and at $4.50/night, we couldnīt pass it up. We got dinner near the hostel (it was really good, and the first time Iīve eaten a meal where I wasnīt still hungry afterwards) and then said goodnight.
I woke up early this morning to go to Ingapirca, Ecuadorīs most important (and I think largest) Inca ruin
It was somewhat spectacular, but nowhere near as large as I had thought it would be. I had walked through the whole site--slowly, taking pictures--and watched a male llama pursue a female llama for ten minutes, and I was still forty minutes early for the bus. That Ingapirca is so small, yet is Ecuadorīs most important Inca ruin shows how short a time and how small a space the Incas occupied in Ecuador before infighting (between two half-brothers, one in Quito, one in Cuzco) and Spanish invaders toppled the empire. Anyway, the main structure at Ingapirca is the Temple of the Sun, which is quite impressive. Iīm going to try to post some pictures this time--the connection seems fairly speedy.
Thatīs all I really have for now... Iīm planning on doing a day hike in Cajas National Park tomorrow, then heading south either to Vilcabamba or to Loja on Tuesday.