Our second day in the lovely town of Cuenca was consumed with assessing the shopping options by visiting a very large artisanal market selling all sorts of fruits, vegetables and meats, some of which I had never heard of. We did enjoy some delicious spit roasted pig and if you look at the attached photos you will see the face of he who gave his all for us! We also visited a very large shopping mall but most of the rest of the day was taken up with visiting the homes of several expats who shared the details of their living arrangements with us and some of whom treated us to wine, cheese, etc. I can tell you that to sum up briefly the options for living arrangement in Cuenca are very broad but at any level of square footage, bedrooms, patio space, etc. one is able to get so much more for so much less here compared to the USA. We saw a one bedroom renting for $450/month on the low end to a large beautiful 3 bedroom apartment in a modern building, all utilities included with wonderful view through huge windows on the third floor of a security building with an attendant at the gate for $1100 on the high end and several in between. Cuenca offers something for everybody although the outside temperature may be a little on the cool side for some people.
Tomorrow we continue our adventure to Loja and Vilcabamba. Stay tuned my friends.