Text and Slideshow by Susanna Starr
Rather than try to see as much of Ecuador as we could, we opted for a long term stay in Cuenca, a city that was a good deal smaller than the capital city of Quito to the north and quieter than the more largely populated city of Guayaquil on the Pacific coast. Four rivers run through Cuenca, carrying their waters down from a height of more than 14,000 feet. The river banks are kept pristine with lush green grass and beautiful plantings along some, treed areas along others and always with spaces to sit, relax and enjoy the beauty and serenity. Some have playground areas, obviously designed to provide a place for families. There are walking paths everywhere. Signs are prominently displayed declaring that this has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and the people are proud of this status.
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