Day 216: Cuenca, Ecuador
After a long 14-hour bus ride from Otavalo I arrived in Cuenca on a Saturday night without any idea that it was the beginning of the city’s 190th anniversary of their independence from Spain.
This was not as great as it seemed when the first hostel I tried told me everything in the city was booked, but someone was looking down on me and a wonderful hostel owner saw me wandering the streets and gave me her last hostel dorm bed.
I’m not known to turn down a party so now that I no longer had to sleep in the streets I decided to stay a few days as the celebrations promised to be plentiful.
I was not disappointed as there were throngs of people everywhere, dance troupes and bands lining streets. This afternoon I stumbled upon this parade and was overwhelmed by the energy of this group.
Yes, I definitely think I’ll stay awhile.