Day 9 Cuenca to Banos

The ride from Cuenca to Banos was one of our longest days.  It was beautiful & definitely another one of my favorites.  We traveled 403 km through small towns, cities, farmland, and high mountain ranges.  Our lowest elevation was just under 6,000 feet and we climbed well over 14,000 for a perfect view of Chimborazo…

Day 8: Vilcabamba to Cuenca

Staci and I met at 8:50 to head up to the spa for our morning massages!  The resort is beautiful & the spa had excellent ratings, but we weren’t sure what to expect for $37.  It turned out that our one hour sessions were amazing!  If I had to post a tiny complaint, it would…

Day 7: Zaruma to Vilcabamba

With only 165 easy miles to ride today, we got up & headed out for what was supposed to be the best breakfast of the trip!  Sadly, it was not the best breakfast, but it was a good experience.  We ate at La Romeria where we had amazing pizza last night.  This morning we ordered…

Day 6: Guayaquil to Zaruma

Today we traveled just about 170 miles to Zaruma. We traveled through banana groves, cacao groves, and an interesting mix of mountains and flat lands. At one point there were large shade trees that remind me of ones I have seen in photos of Africa. The tree tops had a large circumference, but they were…

Day 5: Canoa to Guayaquil

Today’s ride was great!  It was warm & once again we saw a huge variety of landscapes & people on our last day along the coast of Ecuador. Near Bahia we saw quite a few of the ceibo trees.  These look like upside down trees, with thick trunks and branches that look like roots that…