Thursday, February 18, 2016 proved to be a very busy one for our tour group. We left Cuenca and were due at the beautiful resort La Andaluza north of Riobamba later that afternoon. In between we would drive high up into the Andes, catch a breathtaking train, and visit the oldest mission in Ecuador, all in just one day.
The bus ride was fairly spectacular, as you can see from the photo above. What we didn’t realize just yet was that the railroad tracks you see far below in the next photograph was where we would be going later that day:
But before our date with this scenic train, we would first would have to crest some high terrain, and descend to reach Alausí:
We reached Alausí with plenty of time to spare, so with almost an hour to wait for our train, Ursula and I hit the town for some quick sightseeing: