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In-Town Outing: Cuenca Museum of Modern Art

cuenca-museum-of-modern-art-wooden-sculptureOne of the coolest things about Ecuador is that most museums have no admission fee, on the principle that the arts should be accessible to everyone. So with that in mind, one beautiful day Martha and I took some time off and decided to stroll down to Plaza San Sebas, near the intersection of Mariscal Sucre and Coronell Guillermo Talbot to visit Cuenca’s Museum of Modern Art. The museum itself is deceptively large, housing multiple rotating art collections of varying genres, and in a wonderful departure from the museums I’m familiar with, the art is not sealed off from viewers in annoyingly-reflective glass ‘cages’ (just a little photography snark there).

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Random Outing: Late-Night Street Meat in the Heart of Cuenca

I’ve always had an adventurous palate, and that’s no different when I travel.  I’m not afraid to try new things, and on the rare occasions where I don’t like something, my thought process is “Now I know at least…”.  Cuenca has a vibrant array of dining options, ranging from the omnipresent almuerzos serving simple but delicious mid-day fare to a variety of ethnic restaurants, offering Greek, Italian, and other cuisines from around the world.  Cuenca also has you covered on occasions when sit-down dining isn’t an option, with dozens of roving street vendors offering everything from fresh coconuts to ice cream, and my personal favorite: the unbelievably-delicious fire-grilled plantains stuffed with a soft, salty cheese – My mouth is watering just typing about them!

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Day Trip to San Bartolomé and Sigsig

We were looking for somewhere fun and new to visit, and decided to run down to San Bartolomé, in an area renowned for its luthiers (guitar makers).  As usual, we hopped a bus from Terminal Terrestre and headed out, ready for another adventure!  In the end, it became a little more adventure-y than we expected, it was still a great trip.

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Day Trip to Ecuagenera

The last time I visited Cuenca, I had an opportunity to tour the Ecuagenera Orchid nursery.  Ecuagenera is a company dedicated to protecting, growing, and marketing Ecuadorian species of ornamental plants using sustainable techniques, with an overriding goal of preservation.  The facility is located in Gualaceo, about 1.5 hours outside of Cuenca by bus, and underscores the extraordinary biodiversity unique to Ecuador.

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Tales of Travel in Central and South America

I have always loved traveling and exploring new places.  I want to take this opportunity to share my experiences, my adventures, and my photos with the world.  Enjoy!