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A Stroll Through Parque Paraíso Cuenca Ecuador

Parque Paraíso Cuenca Ecuador is one of our favorite parks. We walk Daisy from our house along the Yanuncay river, around the park and back home nearly every week at least once. It’s a long walk and Daisy is getting older so we don’t always take her, but she loves to go there and smell the other dogs.

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Step Back In Time at the Pumapungo Inca Ruins Cuenca Ecuador

The Pumapungo Inca Ruins Cuenca Ecuador is one of Amelia’s favorite places to visit. We both love walking around the beautifully landscaped grounds and learning about the Inca history. Entry is free and it’s very peaceful and relaxing.

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Cuenca, this is at the top of our list.

On the day we filmed this video, it was so windy that my microphone didn’t work well so most of the audio was unusable. Instead of an Inca history lesson, you get to enjoy the beauty of Pumapungo with some relaxing music….

Cuenca Ecuador Day In the Life

Cuenca Ecuador Day In the Life

On weekdays, we’re usually working out of the house, but on weekends we’re very busy out and about. We started off our Cuenca Ecuador Day In the Life with a walk to Mall del Río for the annual Viva Salud (Healthy Living) event. However, it was a lot different this year than last. Life in Ecuador is often like a box of chocolates…

San Blas Cuenca Ecuador

San Blas Cuenca Ecuador + Delicious Lunch @ A Pedir de Boca

We love walking around Cuenca on Sundays because the city is so quiet. Most of the stores are closed on Sunday and there usually aren’t very many people out so it’s the perfect day to walk around and enjoy the beautiful scenery….

Volunteering at Los Amigos de Manolo Dog Rescue Cuenca Ecuador

Volunteering at Los Amigos de Manolo Dog Rescue Cuenca Ecuador

Last Saturday, we had the opportunity to volunteer at the Los Amigos de Manolo dog rescue here in Cuenca Ecuador. Brian, one of the volunteers, saw us on YouTube and thought we might like to come film a video about the work they’re doing to care for and find homes for Cuenca’s homeless dogs….

Cuenca Ecuador Topo Tattoo

Cuenca Ecuador Tattoo – Amelia’s First at Topo Tattoo

Amelia was very excited to get a hummingbird tattoo from Topo Tattoo Cuenca Ecuador. It’s her very first tattoo and she LOVES IT!!!

The hummingbird has a lot of meaning for Amelia, mainly because that’s the nickname I gave her quite a while ago. She’s always fluttering around the house with seemingly boundless energy, but she also loves the beauty and gracefulness of hummingbirds….

Cuenca Ecuador River Walk

Cuenca Ecuador River Walk: Tarqui, Yanuncay, Tomebamba, Milchichig & Machángara

Today, we decided to do a Cuenca Ecuador River Walk along the 5 rivers that run through the city: Tarqui, Yanuncay, Tomebamba, Milchichig & Machángara….

Indian Food Cuenca Ecuador

Sweat Inducing Indian Food Cuenca Ecuador

This is a fun day in the life video! We took a short walk to some neighborhood shops to start the day, but we ended the day with some sweat inducing Indian Food in Cuenca Ecuador.

In the afternoon, Amelia went to Tribal Fusion for belly dancing class and we ended up at Namaste India for dinner. We had planned on grabbing a pizza para llevar (for takeout) at Fratello, but Amelia and I miscommunicated our plans and they were closed by the time Amelia finished up with belly dancing….

Organic Food Shopping at Tienda Néctar Cuenca Ecuador

Organic Food Shopping at Tienda Néctar Cuenca Ecuador

Today we ventured down to Tienda Néctar Cuenca located in El Centro, one of our favorite organic food markets. They carry a few things like tahini, dates and organic soaps that can be difficult to find. They also get Braggs Liquid Aminos on occasion.

After Tienda Néctar, we came back home for lunch and then left again for Jungle Gym back in El Centro on Calle Larga. On our way back home, we got caught in a rainstorm. We waited for about 10 minutes in the ATM kiosk at Banco Pichincha and then under the awning at the Valgus Hotel….

Celebrating Cuenca's Independence Day

Celebrating Cuenca’s Independence Day

This weekend is bustling with activity here in Cuenca Ecuador as we celebrate Cuenca Days 2018. Cuenca achieved its independence from Spain on November 3rd, 1820 and they pull out all the stops to celebrate Independence Day with art fairs, food festivals, parades, concerts and fireworks….

Goza Café Cuenca Ecuador

Goza Café Cuenca Ecuador

We walked to Tosta to get some fresh baked, warm sourdough bread near our house here in Cuenca Ecuador. On our way back home, we stopped by Goza Café Cuenca to get some delicious, dark Ecuadorian coffee….

Cuenca Flower Market - Cuenca Ecuador

Cuenca Flower Market in Cuenca Ecuador

Today we did another one of our Sunday afternoon city walking tours. On our way to the Cuenca Flower Market, we stopped by Télicioso Tea Room to get some of our favorite tea.

Then, after we bought Amelia some new earrings and some beautiful flowers at the flower market, we went to Simón for some papas fritas y cervezas (we recorded this in March 2018 before I realized I still had high cholesterol)….

Mirador de Turi, The Best FREE Cardio in Cuenca Ecuador

Mirador de Turi, The Best FREE Cardio in Cuenca Ecuador

The Best FREE Cardio in Cuenca Ecuador is just a few steps away! We hike up to the Turi Church at least once per week, but usually 2 or 3 times per week. There are 439 stairs leading up to Turi, but the shortcut we take adds another 126 stairs plus some steep hills. It really is the best free Cardio in Cuenca Ecuador!

Unbelievable Orchids in Gualaceo Ecuador + Handmade Macanas

Unbelievable Orchids in Gualaceo Ecuador + Handmade Macanas

For our first tourist-y excursion since we’ve been in Cuenca, Ecuador, we took a trip east of town to three different artisan villages: San Bartolomé, Chordeleg and Gualaceo. This video covers the third town of Gualaceo, Ecuador, which is famous for its orchids and textiles.

Be sure to check out our other videos from this excursion to San Bartolomé Ecuador (Part 1) and Chordeleg Ecuador (Part 2).

We hope you enjoy seeing the beautiful Andean scenery, the picturesque town of Gualaceo, and the interesting people we meet along the way. We’ve also included some Spanish language learning opportunities for you….

Filigree Jewelry in Chordeleg Ecuador

Filigree Jewelry in Chordeleg Ecuador

For our first tourist-y excursion since we’ve been in Cuenca, Ecuador, we took a trip east of town to three different artisan villages: San Bartolomé, Chordeleg and Gualaceo. This video covers the second town of Chordeleg, Ecuador, which is famous for its miniature ceramics and filigree jewelry.

Be sure to check out our other videos from this excursion to San Bartolomé Ecuador (Part 1) and Gualaceo Ecuador (Part 3).

We hope you enjoy seeing the beautiful Andean scenery, the picturesque town of Chordeleg, and the interesting people we meet along the way. We’ve also included some Spanish language learning opportunities for you….

San Bartolomé Ecuador Handcrafted Guitars

San Bartolomé Ecuador Handcrafted Guitars

For our first tourist-y excursion since we’ve been in Cuenca Ecuador, we took a trip east of town to three different artisan villages: San Bartolomé, Chordeleg and Gualaceo. This video covers the first village of San Bartolomé, Ecuador, which is famous for its handcrafted guitars.

Be sure to check out Part 2: Chordeleg Ecuador and Part 3: Gualaceo Ecuador to see the rest of our tour.

We hope you enjoy seeing the beautiful Andean scenery, the picturesque town of San Bartolomé, and the interesting people we talk to along the way. We’ve also included some Spanish language learning opportunities for you….

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Belly Dancing at Fratello in Cuenca Ecuador

Back in the states, Amelia enjoyed Pole Fitness (that’s pole dancing for exercise), but here in Cuenca, she has fallen in love with Tribal Fusion Belly Dancing! She only had 4 days to learn this dance for the Belly Dancing at Fratello fundraiser, and she did great!

Shoe Shopping in Cuenca Ecuador

Shoe Shopping in Cuenca Ecuador

Today, we went shoe shopping in Cuenca Ecuador, and as a reward for my extreme patience, we went to Inca Lounge for cervezas on our way home. We also stumbled upon some improv dueling rappers in Parque de la Madre. You just never know what you’re going to see while walking around Cuenca!

Cuenca Ecuador Supermarket

Cuenca Ecuador Supermarket: Supermaxi El Vergel

This morning, we visited Supermaxi El Vergel to get some of our staple supplies like soy milk, mushrooms, apple cider vinegar, crackers, wine, etc. We also buy trash bags, laundry detergent, canned goods, spices, tofu, condiments and other packaged items there.

We typically buy all of our fruits and veggies at the mercado, but the mercados don’t carry everything and we really like Supermaxi El Vergel. It’s clean, reasonably priced and feels like a Safeway or Kroger back in the states. Oh, and the people who work there are all really nice and helpful.

We hope you enjoy this tour of Supermaxi El Vergel. We’ve also included some Spanish language learning opportunities for you….

CLP Bus to Guayaquil Ecuador from the Coast

CLP Bus to Guayaquil Ecuador from the Coast

We couldn’t live at Villa de Los Sueños forever and we eventually had to go back home to Cuenca Ecuador. This video covers our CLP Bus to Guayaquil Ecuador from Olón, including the Guayaquil Bus Terminal and the busetas that run between Cuenca and Guayaquil….

 

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