Ecuador

Banos de Cuenca

Banos de Cuenca is a small rural town on the outskirts of Cuenca and is known for its natural mineral springs.  On our day off from Spanish, we took a 15 minute bus ride to this pretty little town to “take in the waters.”  Hosteria Duran was recommended by many folks and our only option with kids.  The bus driver made sure we got off at the correct stop and we climbed a short hill to the large complex.

The complex, we later found out, has two pools — one with a slide and one without.  Unfortunately, we missed out on the pool with the water slide.  The pool we enjoyed was large and heated to 110 degrees.  It took a little time to get used to the hot water with the warm sun beating down upon us.  Before entering the pool, we were required to wear these funny little black caps.  Andie and Maren have since used them for stealth operations when sneaking into Nielsen’s room.

The day was lovely and we enjoyed our first swim since being in Ecuador.  The kids enjoyed yummy fruit smoothies and David and Ingelise made good use of the lounge chairs.

Posted by Ingelise Guy

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