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Ecuador & Galapagos Islands: Cuenca

Cuenca, set in the southern sierras at 2,550m, is a quintessential Spanish colonial city. It has the cobbled streets, leafy plazas, baroque churches and whitewashed façades with heavy wooden doors that you’d expect, but the pale-stoned centre is particularly beautiful.

This university town is also a centre for artisan work, notably the panama hat, which originated here, but also ceramics, basket ware, jewellery and ponchos. A quiet, somewhat conservative place, it is the tranquil base for a number of language schools; foreign students can be spied indulging in the many cake shops and cafés. Outside town in the lake-dotted moorlands of the southern sierras is the lovely Cajas National Park.

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Early one morning I went to the Panama hat factory which was a great experience; we learnt about the production of the hats, their collection and selection and then the factory process to finish them in the recognised shape and all the other final touches.  I would say a visit to this factory is best from Monday to Friday - if you go on Saturday there won't be anyone working there.

Lina

Lina Fuller

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