We will be here for a few more days and are having a great time in this great city. Cuenca, a Unesco World Heritage site, is Ecuador's most beautiful city, filled with grand Spanish colonial buildings and beautiful plazas and churches. Our first outing, the day after we arrived, was to go to the city market with Chela, Cayo's mother. It is the most colorful, clean and bounteous market I have ever seen.
Just the beginning...
Chela checks the corn.
Fruits familiar and unfamiliar. I think the big prickly ones are guanabana.
Potatoes of all kinds.
"Chancho" is the Quechua word for pig and used instead of puerco in Ecuador. Whole roast pig, like this is called hornado. She can carve off as much, and whichever parts you want. She will pull off a bit of meat for you to taste. It is so delicious! (But the head really grosses me out) Note the curled tail intact.
Beans and delicious "tostado"—roasted corn.
Tree tomatoes, the source of that wonderful juice.
A feast for the eyes and the palate. Buen provecho!