Visiting Banos (del Agua Santa)

12 08 2012

Banos is a lovely town in Ecuador! We spent a day visiting waterfalls, touring the town, seeing the ACTIVE VOLCANO and ziplining!

Tungurahua Volcano:

Volcan
Tungurahua
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The town of Banos, nestled in the valley below the volcano

Baños de Agua Santa by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The crazy guy that monitors the volcano, voluntarily – explaining what he does

Casa Del Arbol by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Fresh milk, straight from the cow!

Fresh Milk – RIGHT from the Cow! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

One of the lovely flowers in the the central park of Banos

Lovely Flower by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Mrs Dragonspeed with a pair of nice boobies in her hands!

Everybody loves boobies! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The Banos Cathedral at night

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Agua Santa by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to soak in the hot springs. It had been a long day and we were all pretty beat.

The whole set of pictures from the day can be seen at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/7718655272/

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Baños de Agua Santa

5 08 2012

Hanging out at La Casa Verde The Hostel "La Casa Verde" was hard to find, but a nice place to stay.

April 10th, 2012 found us in the town of Baños, Ecuador The place comes complete with its own Volcano, a bunch of cool waterfalls and zipline opportunities!

All the photos can be found here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157630916351882/

Volcan Tungurahua

Tungurahua Volcano spitting out some steam and ash. About 4 times a day, there’s a nice loud booming sound as it vents a bit more. Nothing to worry about, they tell us! Hah!

Baños de Agua Santa

The town of Baños de Agua Santa aka. Baños. Nestled in the valley below Tungurahua, it looks idyllic but that whole Volcano thing is a bit creepy.

Casa Del Arbol

Our host at the "Tree house" explains the whole Tungurahua history and his volunteer efforts to monitor the Volcano. Nice guy, but I don’t know if hanging around in the shadow of an angry volcano is how I’d want to spend my days.

Casa Del Arbol

The group of us with the nice, crazy guy that watches over the Volcan Tungurahua.

Fresh Milk – RIGHT from the Cow!

Hidi tries some of the fresh milk, straight from the cow. Warm, and full of natural good fats! Of course I ended up giving the guy $2 … probably more than he makes from 5 LITRES of milk. Touristas!

Everybody loves boobies!

There’s nothing quite like having nice boobies in your hands! 😉

Hanging out at La Casa Verde

The Hostel "La Casa Verde" was hard to find, but a nice place to stay.





Two days touring Cuenca, Ecuador

25 07 2012

We spent two days in Cuenca, Ecuador. The weather was "variable" and on a wet Easter Sunday double decker bus ride, we almost had our heads taken off by low hanging wires! Fun times.

Here are some of our shots:

1. Easter Parade

Easter Parade in Cuenca by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Inside of the "New Cathedral"

Catedral de la Inmaculada Conception by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) Iglesia San Alfons (aka the Blue Church)

Iglesia de San Alfonso by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) Playing musical notes on the crosswalk

Musical Crossing by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) That’s a lotta strawberries!

Wheelbarrow FULL of strawberries! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) The landmark New Cathedral domes

Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) Interesting Graffiti in town

Interesting graffiti in Cuenca by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8) Getting caught in the middle of a Good Friday Procession near Ingapirca

A peacful mob? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoy your whirlwind visit to Cuenca via photos!!

If you want to see more, the entire Ecuador collection can be found at:
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/7626310466/





April 7th, 2012–A Day in Cuenca

22 07 2012

We spent the day wandering around old Cuenca on the 7th.  It was the day before Easter, so things were a bit quiet.  We got some good shots though:

Inside Iglesia de la Merced:
Iglesia de la Merced, Cuenca

The colonial spanish feel to the streets of the old town:
Classis spanish style along the roads in Cuenca 

The azure blue domes of the “New Cathedral”:
Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción 

They sure had some interesting graffiti in town!
Interesting graffiti in Cuenca
 

The death of Christ, portrayed in the “Old Cathedral”
The Death of Christ
 

Mrs Dragonspeed and a wheelbarrow full of strawberries!
Wheelbarrow FULL of strawberries!
 

I can still sell the warm goodness of the fresh baked buns.. They were delicious!
Fresh baked buns!
 

The deep fried fish, on the other hand… not so appetizing:
Ewwww.

An interesting artefact in the museum of anthropology in Cuenca:
Interesting artefact - Anthropological  Museum, Cuenca
 

Mrs Dragonspeed in the Panama hat factory:
Panama Hat Factory

It was an interesting (and hot) day of wandering around the old town of Cuenca.  The whole set of photos from the day can be found at my flickr site.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157630704105208/show/

Enjoy!





Ecuador – 2012-03-25 – Quito

7 05 2012
Virgen de QuitoLa Plaza GrandeSpanish Colonial Architecture in QuitoVirgen de QuitoUknown ChurchVirgen de Quito
Basilica del Voto NacionalProcession of the Feast of Our Lady of the AnnunciationProcession of the Feast of Our Lady of the AnnunciationProcession of the Feast of Our Lady of the AnnunciationIglesia de San FranciscoRevolutionary turned Busker?
Basilica del Voto NacionalBasilica del Voto NacionalBasilica del Voto NacionalBasilica del Voto NacionalBasilica del Voto NacionalBasilica del Voto Nacional
Basilica del Voto NacionalBasilica del Voto NacionalBasilica del Voto NacionalCappuccino!The Nave at Iglesia San FranciscoTower of Iglesia Santa Clara

Our 4th Day in Ecuador from our trip. We visited the major Churches and up to "El Pannecillo" to see the "Virgen de Quito"








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