We enjoyed our first full day in Cuenca today. The breakfast at our hotel , Casa Ordonez, was excellent and served beautifully. The staff are polite and professional and go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. Karen and I then headed out to find the tourist information office. A helpful fellow from New York was working there and provided all the info we needed. We then jumped on the City tour bus, one of those ones with the roof cut off.
The tour was put on by Vanservice, it covered a good portion of the City and the tour guide gave a lot of interesting information. The only criticism was that the tour guides accent was so heavy that it was hard to understand at times. We had some good views of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception,
After the tour we hunted around for a place for lunch. We ended up finding a little hole in the wall in 7-40 block of Hermano Miguel. It was a glass of lemonade, a bowl of soup,with meat and vegetables, then a plate of rice and beef. Not gourmet but tasty and filling, the best part was the $3.50 bill for both of us. We then went for a long, long walk to the river Rio Yanuncay.
After that we took a taxi over to have a drink with a great Canadian couple who are now living in Cuenca. There were a total of eight of us at their place and we had a wonderful time. They and another expat Canadian couple provided us with an absolute data dump of information and advice on Cuenca and Ecuador in general. It was a very pleasant evening.