Double decker buses are double decker.

Up top, you have wind and sun, but, on this trip, you can’t stand because low hanging electric wires will take off your neck. Our guide reminds us to watch low hanging wires, watch the tree on your right, don’t stand too close to the edge of the rail. From the second deck, we all see the city as we pass through, weaving, bobbing, climbing, descending hills. It is like a thrill a minute Disneyland ride..

This Cuenca city tour takes us in a circle from Parque Calderone to the Mirador de Turi and back. We leave the Historical District, cross into a newer part of the city, climb hills to the famous look out point, then return through the opposite end of the Historical District that we left from, ending back at our beginning.

Andres gives commentary in English and Spanish but mostly all you have time on the tour to do is to point your camera, shoot,  enjoy the sights, and try to hook his verbal commentary to the visual images flashing past you too quick to remember.

The ride costs $8.00 U.S. and takes, with a half hour stop at Turi, two hours.Along the way, I see a Panama Hat Museo that might be fun to visit. The Museo Pumapungo looks important. There are lots of churches crying for admiring photographers..

Cuenca fills valleys between mountain ranges. It is clean city and a mix of industrial, business and residential real estate, One of the top three cities in Ecuador, it  prides itself on being a World Heritage City.

Our guide tells us Cuenca has five murders a year instead of Chicago’s five a day.

After driving in this mid day traffic, I would think bus drivers here would shoot at least one person a day so the murder rate in Cuenca wouldn’t appear so made up.

 

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