|Vulcan Sangay - over 15,000 feet - a view from the airplane|
|View from the Tomebomba River in Cuenca|
|View from Turi - the mirador above the city|
Back to Cuenca. Right by the river, right in the middle of town are ruins called Pumpungo which were Inca ruins. It is always amazing to see such ancient history in the proximity to modern times. Tomorrow we are off to the largest Inca ruins in Ecuador - Ingapirca and I shall write about that in the future.
|Replica of gardens at Pumpungo|
There are many churches in town and during a bus tour we heard the driver say that you could go to a differrent church every Sunday for a year without repeating. I don't think it is on our "to do" list but we may at least visit a few. The inside of this large old church on the main Parque Calderon has an alter all in gold and silver. It is one of the largest churches in all of Latin America.
These next pictures are from our trip today to Parque Nationale de Cajas - about one hour away from Cuenca by local bus. Our 2 1/2 hr hike was around this lake with all kinds of beautiful scenery and a variety of plants, trees, flowers - distinctly different than city life. It is a 'must see' and I am sure we will go back for several of the other hikes. I had wanted to visit all the National Parks in the USA but now will have to add some more as this was just amazing. Like our National Parks - there are well planned hikes and rangers to explain them all. Many take guides for the more complicated hikes and we may do that in the future.
|Cajas National Parque|
|Happy Hikers at Cajas National Parque|
|Llama at Cajas|
Here is a typical Cuenca indigenous woman - called Cuencana's and they dress in this white hats and skirts with different embroidery at the bottoms which represent their home areas.