Having Big White liberated from port we rearranged the interior of the van from shipping state to travel, which took some four hours. With all the possibilities of theft in ports the van was heavily secured inside and outside with a better safe than sorry thought.
Basically sweating for almost two moths now in Panama and Guayaquil, headed right away for a cool off in Cuenca. From sea level we hit the highest point at 4,149 meters at the Cajas National Park then descended to Cuenca to 2,600 meters. This was the first time we drove this altitude and so far beside the higher fuel consumption the van took pretty well the high altitude. The diesel price in Ecuador is about $1.03 USD/gallon, which is more than welcome, although in Panama was pretty low too, at 54-60 cents/litre.
Arrived to Cuenca basically in dark and first night was boondocking at a public park and the open wifi from the nearby University was greatly appreciated. Next day we spent visiting Cuenca historic downtown, which is pretty nice with colonial buildings and hey, I can take photos of colonial cathedrals and churches again. What I’m going to take photos of? Churches, and then churches and more churches. It was kind of back to Mexico feel, with affordable street food again, somewhat even cheaper.