http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/863 or check out Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuenca,_Ecuador
There will be a handful of pictures from the beach then mostly pictures of buildings around Cuenca since that is the major attraction there. This post wouldn't be complete without some kind of off the wall photos for your enjoyment, consider this your warning. We start off on the ride from the whale watch town of Puerto Lopez. In Olon we came across this church built in the shape of a boat on the edge of the cliff.
Here is a cliff side view
We then moved on to Playas for some fun in the sun, when it was shining that is.
Can you still drink alcohol on the beaches in the US?
This guy was selling seafood cocktails and ceviche
Watermelon here, get your watermelon
Trinkets of all sorts and all sorts of junk made in the R.O.C.
Bootleg CD's and DVD's. Made in Ecuador
Fresh fish for sale, five fish four dollars
We were wondering if you can still use inner tubes atthe beaches in the US?
This boat? was three logs lashed together with wooden oars, some have sails
Paddle out turn around let out the fish net. I like the contrast with the oil tanker in background
We figured it was time to get the riding boots shined after four months and 13000 miles
After three days at the beach we wanted to ride again so we headed for the hills, the only problem was, the hills are cold,wet and cloud covered. The road went to 10000 ft and the mountains to 12000 ft through Cajas NP. Luckily by the time we dropped down into Cuenca it was sunny and springlike weather, say 60 degrees
Stonework on the columns in the doorway, I think they are the twelve apostles
We took the bus tour of the city to find this stuff out
Back on the bus for night shots
Ever heard of Panama hats? Well Einstein, they aren't from Panama, they originated in Ecuador. They eventually started being shipped out of Panama so that is when the confusion started. Apparently so many hats are sold that lots of people in lots of local villages make a
living weaving these hats. As a matter of fact, the art of weaving was listed by UNESCO in 2012 on the Intangible Cultural Heritage list. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_hat or herehttp://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/RL/00729
We took a walk through this factory/museum
This is the manual method done by hand, now they use machines. Cuenca is where most of the hats are finished. They buy from all of the villages then do the bleaching shaping and finishing here before the hats are exported.
Stacks of unfinished hats
Bleached or dyed in these vat, where they then become bell shaped
After the hats dry the press operators grab a mold depending on shape and size
The mold goes into one of these presses
Hats ready to be banded, they expande their line from white hats to a variety of colors and also
started making handbags and other accessories. Banding process is next
At this point I got thrown out of the factory so I didn't get a chance to get a picture of completed hats so I found this one on the Internet
The time was 12:30, they were closing for lunch until 2:00 so they asked me to come back then.
What were you thinking?
Large variety of vegetables
Some mostly skinned cow faces. What? Not hungry? How about some
Legs. You eat chicken legs don't you?
Not into beef? How about some pork?
Face the facts, if we weren't supposed to eat animals, why do they taste like meat?
A few pictures from around town to bring this post to an end
This was actually from the church on the cliff
It has some green in there and it's trimmed
We call it. Standing Driftwood
We got a kick out of this well dressed man. We were eating in a restaurant and he stands at the
window bumming food or money which happens constantly to Americans. He even had a brand new backpack on. When I put the camera up to the window to take his picture, he put his hand up, didn't like that idea. At least he left after that.