Saturday, June 16, 2012

Tour of the Cty

The first thing we did after exploring Parque Calderon was hop on a double decker tour bus. We wanted to get an overview of the city to help us decide what areas we wanted to spend our limited time exploring more fully.

Ecuador has two seasons, a wet season and a dry season. We arrived at the beginning of the dry season. We were lucky in that we did not have to contend with rain except for one day. The day we rode the tour bus. Although it did not last long, it did limit picture taking and at one point got heavy enough to drive those of us riding on the top outside deck down to the inside deck.

This image of a sidewalk vendor cooking outside a small shop was taken through wet glass splattered with rain drops.

Our bus tour took us to Turi. Turi is a town and parish perched on a hill overlooking the city of Cuenca. From there, you have a panoramic view of the entire city of Cuenca and the mountains ringing it.

With binoculars, or a telephoto lens, you can see the domes of the New Catherdal.

The architecture, both old and new, was fascinating.

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