On Sunday, yes, we walked. But not in Cuenca.
We hit the road again, this time with our friends, Bruce, Charlie and Fabian.
Several of our friends have raved about their trips to the Saraguro area. It sounded like fun, so we had to go, too. It is known for so much history and crafts and the Sunday market.
Saraguro is like a trip into the past. Very Incan, pre-Spanish. Folks live like their ancestors did hundreds of years ago. Big agricultural, very family-oriented community.
The people are also known as the 'black wool people'. There are several theories of why folks wear black. One is that the people are in mourning for their homeland in Bolivia and Peru (they were relocated to Ecuador by the Spanish in the 1500's). Another theory relates to their mourning for a great Incan leader killed by the Spanish. You can google for more theories. Some theories pre-date the Spanish. We think perhaps they wear black wool because their sheep are black! (Probably over-simplifying.)
It felt like there should be some snow on the ground.
You can see the highway is in great shape for driving!
Here we are, shivering. Our jackets were in the car and we stopped for just a few minutes to enjoy the views.
(It's the brown one in this picture.)
At first, we thought it was a goat. African sheep have hair, rather than the familiar wool, and they are raised mostly for the meat.
Our friend, David, wrote a very interesting article about this community. You can read here:
We're posting our trip in stages so we can share more pictures...stay tuned for the animal market, the town and shopping.