Cuenca is one of Ecuador's most colonial towns. It is in the middle of the country, and has a good reputation. Nearby is El Cajas National Park, a high-altitude plateau that is very easy to get to. I took an early-morning bus, met some other hikers on the way, and hiked with them during the day, catching a bus back to Cuence that evening.
San Francisco Plaza in Cuenca from my hotel room window
San Francisco Church
New Cathedral in Cuenca
El Cajas National Park
cactus in El Cajas
El Cajas lake
countryside from the bus on the Pana