Cuenca, Ecuador

My last city in Ecuador. Very nice colonial town despite the bad weather. On the way here I stopped by the Ingapirca ruins, my first Inca ruins. It was nice enough, but after all the ruins of Mexico, I wasn’t quite impressed with this one. Cuy (guinea pig or hamster) is a specialty in Ecuador and I finally had the chance to try it here. This may be a weird comparison but the taste reminded me of the pigeon I had in Egypt. I only spent 2 days in Cuenca. It was cold and constantly raining. It was enough to see the city and enjoy the market. Roast pig is served everyday here. No Mang Tomas sauce though; they only season it with salt, and served mixed with corn and vegetables. Corn is different in Ecuador (and maybe the rest of S.Amer, I’ll find out soon enough). It is bland, and the kernels are bigger.  I also visited a Panama hat factory (yes, Panama hat is not originally from Panama.)

dramatic landscape on the way to Cuenca

dramatic landscape on the way to Cuenca

Ingapirca ruins

Ingapirca ruins

can you see the face on the stone mountain?

can you see the face on the stone mountain?

my cuy getting ready for roasting

my cuy getting ready for roasting

roasted cuy

roasted cuy

Panama hat factory of Homero Ortega

Panama hat factory of Homero Ortega

hats

homero ortega hats

in the market

in the market

in the market

in the market

roast pig in the market

roast pig in the market

pig

lunch of roast pig and veggies on a bed of corn

new cathedral

New Cathedral on Plaza Grande

Plaza Grande

Plaza Grande

these ice creams made of whip cream can be found all over the city

these ice creams made of whip cream can be found all over the city

street vendor