On Saturday, the group left Riobamba and headed to the city of Cuenca. Along the way, they visited one of the oldest churches in Ecuador and took a very scenic train ride from a town called Alausi to see the Nariz Del Diablo (Devil’s Nose) in the Andes Mountains. “Considered one of the world’s best railway engineering feats, this scenic railroad travels over a series of switchbacks as it zigzags down the steep mountainside passing small villages and Andean lakes along the way.” While at the station at the Devil’s Nose, the group enjoyed a snack at Cafe Mirador Pununa, visited a small museum and danced with the Indigenous people. Afterwards they took the bus to Cuenca, arriving in the evening.
Here are some photos of the day:
On Sunday, the adventure group took a tour to Inga Pirca (Inca ruins) about 1.5 hours outside of Cuenca. They visited a museum there, walked through the ruins, and had lunch. Afterwards the group visited a small town just outside of Cuenca- a town known for its beautiful gold and silver jewellery craftsmanship. Here are a few pictures of the day:
Today the group went on a city tour of Cuenca. They visited a flower market, a beautiful cathedral, an independence monument, and a museum of panama hats. They also visited an exquisite viewpoint of city and had a relaxing, free afternoon.