My trip to Cuenca
This weekend I along with a few others international students had the opportunity to travel to a very interesting city in Ecuador called Cuenca. Our journey to Cuenca was a breath taking experience. As we drove to Cuenca, we were able to see the Andes Mountain’s and we were able to hike Cajas National Park. My trip to Cuenca was an amazing experience. As soon as I got off the bus, upon arriving to Cuenca, I immediately feel in love with the city. I definitely learned a lot about the city and its people. Cuenca is a city that has a very Spaniard feel to it. A lot of its architecture comes from Spain. The Cuenca flag is very similar to the Spanish flag. It has the biggest church in all of South America. It was built by both the Spaniards and the indigenous people.
One very interesting fact that I learned was that Cuenca was or is still considered the second capital for the Incas, Machu Picchu being the first. During our trip to Cuenca, I was able to see a lot of indigenous people everywhere. It was amazing. They women were dressed in there traditional attire. Seeing the indigenous women was a very warming feeling. It was a feeling like no other. They made me appreciate their culture. They were kind, friendly, and hard working women.
I definitely have to say that two days was not enough time to explore and to learn more about the city. This city is rich in culture and is a wonderful place to live and learn.
Interesting Facts that was learned:
Cuenca was rated one of the top 10 places to live.
It is home to many retired American’s (EE.UU)
Its delicacy is CUYE (Guinea Pig)
There are more than 800 different species of potatoes and over 1000 different types of corn.
Known for their panama hats.