The morning after returning to Quito we boarded an hour-long flight to Cuenca. Driving up the winding roads would have taken several uncomfortable hours for almost the same price.
On our flight to Cuenca, we didn't have a gate until 30 minutes before our flight. We all headed to gate A3. Then it changed to D3, we followed the herd headed downstairs. As soon as we got to D3, it changed to A3 with a 40 minute delay. You get the picture.
We made it to our apartment and figured out how to get in the lockbox. It felt so good to drop everything and just stop. Good thing we had a washer and dryer. I swear we could see vapors emanating from our carry-ons.
Cuenca is the capital of the Azuay Province of Ecuador in the mountains at 8400 feet above sea level which a lot of expats from around the world call home. The city center's historical buildings are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I wanted to check out Cuenca and why there is such a draw for expats. We had a beautiful Airbnb within walking distance to the downtown and soccer stadium. There were plenty of affordable restaurants around the corner from us. Mike felt guilty paying $2.75 for the Almuerzo (daily lunch) including rice, meat, salad, juice and a desert that was usually fruit. We usually walked everywhere but taking a taxi was usually $1. Ecuador uses the US dollar making it easy for us gringos.