The museum is 3 levels and FREE! An amazing exhibit of artifacts and depiction of the 26 different indigenous tribes in this wonderful country. We thoroughly enjoyed the couple of hours we spent here. Unfortunately, by this time, the weather had gotten really windy and cold with mist, so our tour of the Inca ruins wasn't as enjoyable as we had hoped. These ruins are older than Machu Pichu and were the Inca capital before Machu Pichu, although not as spectacular.
We finally made it back to our place, took a hot, enjoyable shower and off we went again down to Di Bacco's, an Italian restaurant just 2 blocks from us. It turned out if was Gringo Night and we got there just as it was wrapping up. The wine and food was good at reasonable prices.
During our stroll through town, we came up a tour agency and made reservations for the Ingapirca tour. This is an ancient Inca ruins that is located an hour and a half north of Cuenca. So on Wednesday morning at 8am, we were picked up at our hostal and after picking up one more single lady tourist from Switzerland, Nadja, we were off with a nice private tour given by our driver and a wonderful guide, Adrian!
On the way there, we stopped in the small town of Biblian to see the incredible cathedral of the Virgin here. The church is built way up and into a stone mountain. An incredible structure that we were thrilled to get to see.
The temple of the sun gods is having issues with the stones separating after all these centuries. Studies are being conducted now to find out why after all this time. We encountered the scientists there and they told us they are trying to determine if the extreme and unusual rain that they've been having has anything to do with it. Interesting when you think of how long these stones have been here and you couldn't even put a fingernail into the seams, I tried. Now you can see how wide the separation is in one particular place.
At the end of the tour, there was an artisans shop where I finally broke down and bought a beautiful purple and black Alpaca wool scarf. Love it!! Perfect for getting me through this cold weather.
A wonderful lunch at the Posada de Ingapirca Hostal & Restaurant was an absolute delight with its old world charm but I guess it's really not old world, as it's still the way of life and dress for the indigenous throughout the country. The food was divine and we had a chance to visit with each other in more intimate surroundings.
Today dawned bright and sunny. After sleeping in a bit, I had my coffee out in the courtyard and actually sunned myself! Nice to feel warm!!
We plan on taking it easy here today but are going out this evening to the Jazz Café for some live guitar music. Looking so forward to it!!
Hope everyone is having a great week. We are!!