or “Still Tourists after Eight Months”
I’m sure we will be tourists for a long time to come as there are so many things to learn and experience here in Cuenca. AND we have several guests coming over the next few months so we will visit and revisit some significant sites in Cuenca and its surrounding area. Stay tuned! We were so glad to be involved in one of the dress rehearsals for this tour conducted by friend Rick Duda and his company Experience Cuenca Ecuador (www.experiencecuencaecuador.com). In addition to the Mercado Tastings, several other tours are either up and running or in the works. We look forward to those experiences as well.
The focal point of this 3 1/2 hour walking tour was the “Mercado 10 de Agosto” in Cuenca’s El Centro (downtown). Although not the largest market in the city, it has a lot of activity and variety with the advantage of being in the heart of the historic district. As this was a morning tour, we began with a refreshing cup of juice, followed by a breakfast of several typical Ecuadorian foods.
In addition to the Mercado 10 de Agosto, our tour took us to a coffee roaster/shop, a tienda selling honey roasted nuts, a convent in which the cloistered nuns sell wine and honey products, an Italian artisan cheese maker’s shop, the oldest drugstore in Cuenca, with the final stop being a centuries old church where the nuns still make bread and cookies to sell to the public.
Of course, this blog post and these pictures do not do this tour justice. If you live in Cuenca or will be visiting, check out this tour at http://www.experiencecuencaecuador.com and the others that Rick has. What we’ve learned: Google images is my best friend (I needed it to help me remember the names of many of the fruits we saw.) What we need to learn: To make sure our ipod/camera is fully charged before going on an outing.