Day 136: Cuenca, Ecuador
A land of volcanoes, Ecuador is well known for its thermal pools, hot spots of water warmed by the earth.
While Banos is most famous for them, it was overcast and rainy most of the time we were there so we decided to go to one while in Cuenca.
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Cuenca has a few pools just outside the city, which are easily accessible by public transit and frequented by locals.
When we arrived in the suburb some women told us to walk up the hill to go to the best one.
We approached one of them and the entrance guard asked me if I wanted to have a look first.
I wasn’t sure why but I saw lots of kids in the pool and decided that maybe we should choose something more relaxed.
He pointed us down the hill but warned us that the entrance was more expensive at $2.50 a person.
There were two pools at the location and we learned quickly that we had entered the wrong one as it wasn’t warm at all and in fact freezing under the overcast sky.
After a few minutes of doing water aerobics to warm up I checked out the other pool which was like hot bath water.
Everyone jumped in and we hung out for a while.
It was a nice relaxing afternoon but it wasn’t quite what we had expected as it felt a bit like the public pool at home, but warmer.