Ok the popular demand is really just my daughter, Lisa, telling me it's been too long since I updated the blog. So Lisa, here are the pictures from our trip.
This first picture is from the bus window while on our way to Quito. The bus trip from Cuenca is about 9 hrs. The scenery is terrific and we got to see what it is like to ride the bus but it is a long ride.We saved a lot of money by taking the bus. It is only $14 per person vs. something like $70 per person to fly. In the future I think the bus ride will be at night for us so we can sleep a good bit of the way. We didn't feel as though the driving was unsafe and as a matter of fact the bus coming back was frustratingly slow. We didn't have to worry about going hungry on the day bus because vendors got on every once in a while to sell fruit, baked goods and even ice cream.
It was an enjoyable couple of hours just outside of Quito. Although, this is a tourist attraction it wasn't a total ripoff as so many places are. The prices of souvenirs and food were reasonable and there are several exhibits worth seeing.
This is the trail out of the crater. The picture really doesn't show how difficult the climb out would be.
This is Joan as we rode in a gondola to an overlook of Quito the capital city of Ecuador.
A small portion of that little city of Quito. The camera doesn't have a wide enough angle to capture it all.
From Quito we went by bus to Mindo about a 2hr. ride (about $2 each) We stayed at the Bio Hostal. The outside is not indicative of the inside. It wasn't a bad place at all
We hiked to waterfalls. Why do they always have to be a long hike down and a hard climb up?
We visited a butterfly farm. Mindo is known for the birds, butterflies and flowers in the area. The lady above is pointing out the stages of butterfly growth.
This is the area of the farm where we got to walk around among the butterflies and the garden.
How do you tell a male butterfly from a female? I guess we need to ask Joan
Then it was on to the Otavalo outdoor market one of the largest craft markets in Ecuador. This is where we got to practice our bargaining skills. It is not, of course a simple matter of asking how much and then either buying or moving on. There is a process that is expected and appreciated. Below is just a few pictures of some of the things sold at the market.
It was a good trip all traveling done by bus. Quite a bit different from the trips we have taken in the past. I am adding one final picture of our traveling companion, Garth.
Oh, you Canadians are such fashion experts.
Garth and Orilla thanks for being such good travelling companions.