Our check-in went smoothly, except for the overweight baggage fee we had to pay this round, but we were too tired to rearrange our luggage, so $273 later we were on our way to Guayaquil. We, again, had another flight that left me enough seating to curl up and sleep. When we landed and passed through customs, our van driver was not present. We waited over 30 minutes and were advised by the airport staff to take a taxi to another van company, Operazuaytur, and they accommodated us immediately. After paying at their office, we were taxied, again, to another location where a van driver loaded up our luggage and we began our journey towards Cuenca. Another experience!! Driving through the Cajas National Park to an elevation of around 13,000 feet was a thrill ride. In Ecuador, a center line means nothing, and passing on a double line around winding curves is just fine!
About 25 minutes outside of Cuenca, Patricio, our van guy, stopped at a restaurant where we were transferred AGAIN to another taxi with all our bags. Our driver, Giovanni, drove us the last leg of our trip (approximately 3 hours later). We're still not clear on why the vans were not able to enter Guayaquil or Cuenca, but I'm sure we'll find out the true story later. We were dropped off at our temporary rental in the historic district, and we're both pleased with what a wonderful place we landed at. Originally, we planned to stay with an Ecuadorian couple, but we were advised that their home was not centrally located and we would be quite a ways from El Centro. We knew we wanted to be in walking distance of everything!
Our rental is beautiful! It is in the Historic District, and we are able to stay here and unwind with enough time to begin looking for our long-term home. We spent the evening unpacking a few things, then off to a wonderful restaurant Carole, our landlady, recommended. La Vina's food was delicious, and Bo and I toasted to our "New Beginning" in Cuenca.
Yes, we're finally here, and our long journey to get to Cuenca is over. We're truly here ready to explore our new city and figure out our new and simpler lifestyle.
|Beautiful Wooden Door opens to Historic District, walking distance to everything.|
|There's a beautiful courtyard and fountain upon entering the gate.|
|Everything is brand NEW! We're the first renters. I love NEW!!!!|
|We slept and slept and slept our first night here.|
Thank you, Carole, for opening up your wonderful and comfortable home for us to rent. We're loving it......