The day started out with a great plan: We were going to take the bus out to Ingapirca to see the Inca ruins, but after taking a crowded taxi to the bus station from our hostel, we learned that, being Good Friday, the bus company that goes more or less directly there was closed! Uh oh! Time for plan B. We considered taking one of the buses that goes “close” which would require a transfer… Of course we all had visions of being robbed, left on the side of the road, etc. so that wasn’t going to work very well. Plan C! Mrs Dragonspeed suggested we ask a taxi how much.
“Seriously?” I asked.
Well, long story short, we took a cab for the 2 hour ride to Ingapirca in a Hyundai designed to hold 5 people total. Of course the challenge was we had 5 PASSENGERS, so I sat in the front with the driver while the 4 smaller people in our group sat in the space of 3 in the back. It was, to say the least, a bit crowded. We had negotiated to pay $60USD for the return trip and have the driver wait for about an hour while we wandered about the ruins. He was a really nice gentleman that kept trying to explain the various neighbourhoods to us as we went along. I flipped pages in my Spanish/English Lonely Planet book as quickly as possible to keep up!
The ruins were very interesting, but one of the really cool parts of the day was to pass a Good Friday procession on the way there, and then to be surrounded by one on the way back!
When we got back to Cuenca, we went for a “Lupper” to Tiesto’s as recommended by a friendly American tourist who said that it was the number 1 rated restaurant in Cuenca. We would have been fools if we didn’t go! Juan Pablo, the Chef/Owner created a masterful meal for us, complete with desserts that weren’t even on the menu! Five of us ate like kings for $100 total. It was a pricey meal by Ecuadorian standards, but amazing value by North American standards!
Here are some of the pictures of the day.
The full set of photos from the day can be seen at:
I hope you enjoy your virtual visit to Cuenca and Ingapirca!