Banos was fun even if I did not see the Volcano. The fog was ever present. We did go into the Amazon for a day trip and that was a blast. A rescue center visit, a mile jungle hike, a canoe ride, a tribe visit (they used to shrink heads) and a vista of the beginning of the Amazon basin was the agenda we accomplished. It was great.
Next was Nariz del Diablo or the Devil's Nose. We headed to Alausi for the Devil’s Nose train ride. A great ride, only slightly terrifying and worth the stop for sure. It was not the 1000 foot drop I was expecting. It was a few hundred feet off the face. The tracks were well designed to switch back like a "Z". The town was a small quaint town with no ice. No ice anywhere which was distressing as Sally needs her medication cold. We got our laundry done, two large bags, for four dollars. Getting bus times was difficult. A couple of the bus "drivers/hosts" were full of shit. We asked later and got good information. A 6:00 am bus to Cuenca. We only went as far as El Tambo. Then a bus to Ingapirca. And a half mile walk uphill at over 10,000 feet.
We hit the hotel early and we're checked in right away. We were the only guests. The hotel was great, Posada Ingapirca. It looked like a converted farm.
We headed to the ruins and took the 1 hour tour with a really passionate guide. There were alpaca on the site to add to the ambiance. These are the best preserved Inca ruins in Ecuador. We walked the loop with other ruins in a valley right next the the site. Another bus early the next morning.
Cuenca - this is a great city. Firstly it's not at 10,000 feet, it's only 8200. Breathing is so much easier. The old town area is nice. Walking around is easy and people are friendly. This is my favorite city in Ecuador. Three rivers run through the city. The old town is really cool. We only spent 2 days and the a bus to Guayaquil.
We just stayed near the airport for this visit so I can't really say much about the city.
We are off to Patigonia with a 24 hour travel day.
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