All those time in rural Ecuador and I’m already antsy to make it to Cuenca, the second largest city in Ecuador. My yearn for good coffee and I’ve heard numerous times Cuenca being the more chillax and laid back cousin of Quito made me excited to make it there soon. I know it seems odd for a traveller to get excited to be in a bustling city. Most travelers would generally avoid(proudly) these places. It actually has the exact opposite on on me, I find it hard to avoid it. I think riding on those dirt roads a lot of time has a profound effect on me. It’s not like I want to live and stay a big chunk of time in a city, it just feels like a mark to an end of a state in our adventure.
Also upon arriving in Achupallas, I admittedly don’t have much juice left in the tank to hike-a-bike the Inca Trail. Soggy Ecuador has totally beaten me to a pulp. My mojo is super low and the only way to rejuvenate this old-ish fart(as Dang would always remind me) is good coffee and a bit of good beer which I luckily found in charming Cuenca.
Nuts and Bolts:
There are a couple of hostels in Ingapirca that are overly-priced. My recommendation is to stay in El Tambo which is about 12km away.
Ingapirca ruins entrance is $2 but that includes an English-speaking guide that’ll walk you through the ruin.
You can check our route here.