We arrived at the airport and soon we were flying off to Cuenca. We arrived at Cuenca were quickly in a cab and heading to our hotel Mansion Alcazar. What a beautiful hotel. This hotel was once the home of one of Ecuador’s presidents. Its main attractions are the two beautiful gardens and the elegant furnishing. We arrived around 7:00 pm went to our room and soon were walking down to one of the town squares. The night in Cuenca is charming. It seems very safe and the people are friendly. After our evening stroll we returned to the hotel and were soon fast asleep.
We awoke around 8:00 am the next day. The bed was very comfortable and both Marti and I felt well rested. Breakfast was very excellent. Eggs, fruit, sausage, bacon, coffee, bread and pastry filled our plates. After breakfast we scheduled our tour of the Inca ruins for Friday. Today we plan to walk around the city of Cuenca and visit some churches and at least a few museums. Our walk took us all around the old city. We visited the following: the flower Market, the New Cathedral and the old Cathedral that was turned into a museum, the museum de Las Conceptas a museum of a monastery. We stopped in many shops and toured two Panama Hat factories. We also visited a specialized jewelry shop where everything was made from natural raw material. The jewelry was unique and very beautiful.
It was after 1:00 pm and we headed to the river that divided the old city from the new city. Walking along the bank of the river we started to head to our hotel for a rest. The city seems to shut down starting around 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. On our way back to the hotel we passed through a main market. Food was what you could find in this market. Fruit, dry seeds (beans, corn, sunflower seeds, and more), meat (beef, pork, chicken, lamb, lunchmeat, and all kinds of meat products; like fat, hoofs, heads, bones, feet and other items to hard to identify), in addition you could find cooked food, and packaged goods. After taking some photos we were tired so we quickly headed directly to the hotel.
After our rest at the hotel we went looking for a new restaurant it was after 4:00 pm so most would not be opened until 7:00 pm. We were so hungry we could not wait. The young girl at the reception desk, her name is Sara, suggested one of her favorite places. The Inca was a restaurant noted for Spanish Tapas meals. Off we went hungry and looking for one of the few open restaurants in Cuenca. We found it with ease and were soon seated and ordering multiple small plates of food. One that we both enjoyed twice had bacon, cheese, eggplant, garlic, and mushrooms on a crispy toast. The salmon with papaya again on crispy toast was outstanding. Fried goat cheese, along with a few other items rounded out the meal and soon we were stuffed.