Monthly Archives: August 2014

Though the original inhabitation of Cuenca dates back to over 8,000 BC, the oldest ruins seem to be Pumapungo, the city established by Tupac Yupanqui. After the Spanish conquest the name was changed to Santa Ana de los cuatro ríos de Cuenca, and it became part of the Spanish Colonial Empire. The oldest churches and monasteries date to the late 1500s, but most of the restored historic buildings in the World Heritage… Read More

Reika and I arrived in Cuenca late yesterday, after riding for eight hours on two local two buses. This morning we took a stroll along the river and found another trove of street art. Some of it seems to have been commissioned by the city to highlight local artists, others are spontaneous outpourings. Enjoy!

We took the local bus to Baños, $3.50 each, and it was a scenic four hour ride. Since we had no reservations, and no LP guidebook, we had to hoist our packs on our backs and walk around town for a bit until we found a place we liked. The first place we tried looked good from the street, but the room was dark and stale and had no window to the… Read More

This time I took a stroll with the idea of documenting living street art against the background of  historic Colonial Old Town. Banksy eat yer heart out!  

  I arrived in Quito on Thursday, a 39 hour flight from Bangkok on KLM, 15 of those hours were spent in the Amsterdam airport . Now I’m staying at The Secret Garden in a $12 dorm bunk bed until my daughter arrives from Cali, Columbia tomorrow, then we start backpacking south towards Bolivia. We have no set itinerary nor LP guidebook, so we’ll just meander our way down the Andes and… Read More