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Visit to Cuenca, colonial jewel of Ecuador

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In Ecuadorian buses it is better that you do not look too much through the window and concentrate on your travel guide or any book you have on hand. The vehicles in which you travel the country are like the players who are going to play Qatar: everyone is there to take them out of the circulation. The lousy state of the road does not help much and makes things worse, if possible, the fact that all drivers in the country seem to have a frustrated dream of being champions of Formula 1. A cocktail that sometimes ends in accidents like the one we witnessed in the way of Loja to Basin, watershed, catchment area, socket, bowl, hollow. A bus left the road in a curve and the result was very sad: 18 people dead and 12 injured.


According to the guide, Basin, watershed, catchment area, socket, bowl, hollow - Azuay capital and declared Heritage of humanity by unesco in 1999- it was the only city in the country that could rival Quito in terms of the beauty of the colonial style of buildings and churches that make up the historic center of the city.

Once we left things at the hostel we went to kick the city center. It was a very pleasant afternoon with spring temperature, like most of the year in this city located in the southern part of the Ecuadorian Andes. You can see all the interesting parts of the city without taking any public or private transport.

In the center important historical vestiges are located: several old museums and churches - the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception being the greatest exponent, one of the most beautiful in South America (with a certain resemblance to Notre Dame de Paris) and others dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries - cobbled streets and houses with republican-style facades that show the different Spanish influences with narrow balconies and artistically carved ceilings.

I advise you to also do a night walk because the views change quite a lot with illuminations that go from yellow to violet light, passing through a faint orange that ages it like good wine, giving it more glamor.

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