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Baños, Ecuador

Baños is a cool town. It’s surrounded by incredible mountain scenery and an active volcano nearby. I became friendly with some people working at a popular restaurant. One of them is a tour guide (he’s in the pic making an espresso drink) and coincidentally I ran into him in the next town I visited, Tena, with a group of travelers, which I will talk about in the next post.

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Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca, Ecuador, like cities I visited in Peru, feels like a living museum. Just wandering its streets one can feel the past in all it’s grandeur.

My traveling real moment occurred one evening while I was looking for a place to eat. A crowd of people walked into a theater where there was to be a performance. I followed the crowd and found a seat. It turned out to be a musical performance by kids who sang (what I imagined to be Ecuadorian songs), and played instruments beautifully. Watching the performance, likely the only foreigner in the theater, I realized again how these unique moments really make traveling memorable.

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Arequipa. Staring at El Misti volcano in the background and a small, beautiful, old bridge in the foreground; watching the pedestrians walk along the bridge; and the river below as the water crashes between the rocks.

Arequipa

Oh Arequipa, the most beautiful plaza in Peru? And your volcanic white stone architecture; so handsome.

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My appreciation for cities kept me in Cusco longer than expected. I found a nice place to stay and began living in the city for a couple of weeks.

Cusco, Peru

The following pics will include the main plaza (plaza de armas), picturesque neighborhoods, and nice views of the city.

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