Our Apartamentos Otorongo Tour is a flashback day in our life. When we first moved to Cuenca Ecuador and stayed at Apartamentos Otorongo, we had a daily routine that included fresh fruits & veggies, and fresh baked bread.
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Apartamentos Otorongo Tour
When we came to Cuenca on our exploratory trip in 2017, we stayed at Apartamentos Otorongo for a week, and when we moved to Cuenca later that year, we stayed at Otorongo for almost 2 months while we looked for a rental house.
The location is perfect for getting settled here in Cuenca Ecuador, and we loved Xavier, Samara and Samantha. They’re wonderful hosts and made us feel right at home from the first day. We also got to know Sara and Angelita, two of the staff members who helped teach us Cuencano Spanish (aka Morlaco), and kept our rooms spotless.
We made several gringo friends during both our stays at Otorongo, and we still hang out with most of them. Some have moved away, either back to the states, to another country or to somewhere else in Ecuador, but we stay in touch with them, too. Otorongo is a great place to start building your Cuenca Ecuador community.
If you want the best deal on your stay, especially extended stays, book through their website at HotelOtorongo.com. That’ll save you money while making Xavier and his family more money by cutting out the middle booking site.
Mercado 10 de Agosto
Nearly every morning during our stay at Otorongo, we walked along the Tomebamba river and up the stairs to Mercado 10 de Agosto for fresh fruits and veggies. It’s best to go in the morning while everything is still very fresh. Since they don’t refrigerate their meat in the mercados, it can get quite smelly by the afternoon.
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After we loaded up on produce, we walked across the street to one of the panaderías for fresh baked bread. If you’re vegan, some of the bread has cheese (queso) inside it and some is brushed with butter (mantequilla). We usually bought the whole wheat buns and some water bread, which is a popular type of bread here made only with flour, yeast and water. Each bun/roll costs 13 cents.
Lavandería Tomebamba – Laundry Service
Otorongo has an onsite washer and dryer available to guests, but we preferred supporting the local economy by letting someone else wash, dry and fold our laundry. Lavandería Tomebamba is a convenient location and just a few blocks from Otorongo.
When we stayed there, the cost for a load of laundry including detergent was $3.50. Now they have a pricing structure that starts at $2.90 and goes up to $6, depending on the size of the load.
We hope you enjoyed our flashback day in the life and our Apartamentos Otorongo Tour. If you’re contemplating a move here, it’s a great place to start your new adventure. It’s the perfect location with convenient access to all the things you need to begin a new life in a foreign city.
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