Driving over the Andes mountains coming into Cuenca, we stopped at a roadside cafe and household to change from our beach clothes to add a few layers for the higher altitude. We were met a wonderful family with three wide-eyed children, a grandmother and mother who served us coffee along with a nice fire. Upon our departure, we stopped back by to give them tokens of our appreciation for their hospitality little regalos de Navidad and a photo of their family. The children gave us a picture frame and a carved wooden sugar bowl.
Cuenca is a beautiful city with a river running through it. Cuenca is filled with tradition, progressive ideas for social equality, parks, museums, restaurants, hotels, plazas, cathdrals, sidewalk vendors and beautiful people.
As we walked the streets of Cuenca on our first night we came across a bicycle parade complete with helmeted riders and the rhythms of Latin music.
There is a UNESCO World Heritage site in the historic old town of Cuenca with a large plaza full of children, families, vendors, musicans, and the dapper & distinguished elderly.