From the coast, we had a quick stop in Montañita where Amy had some surf lessons. It was a bit chilly unfortunately so that spoiled the fun somewhat. Montañita was ok, but not really our cup of tea, it is a good place to party though.
We spent a few day in Guayaquil on our way to Cuenca. It is the second largest city in Ecuador and quite modern. It has a newly built promenade along the river with play parks, restaurants and shops. It is quite nice (and warm!) but we were ready to go to Cuenca where we had arranged an apartment for a 2-week stay. We were getting somewhat tired of spending a lot of time in one room together and the hostels we have stayed in recently haven’t been fantastic (not that bad either though).
The apartment in Cuenca is bloody marvellous. Three bedrooms, all mod cons, we are happy!
We’ve also arranged for the girls and myself to have more Spanish lessons, whilst the boys will go and do a mini-trip to Baños for a couple of days. The girls are absolutely loving their lessons and I keep hearing them giggle in their class room. They manage to learn quite a bit though!
Cuenca itself is, again, a beautiful colonial town and it has been a UNESCO heritage site since 1999.