Next stop was Iglesia de Biblian, a unique church built into the face of a cliff. It was a day of climbing trails along sheer cliffs and hundreds of steps up to to an ancient sanctuary. The picture below shows the church and the mini-mountain we were climbing right and center.
In the picture above you can see the wall of the iglesia merging with the vertical wall of the cliff.
Ecuador is a developing country, so when you find a little oasis of opulence you are at first taken aback by the stark contrast to everyday living here. The resort of Uhzupud is such an oasis. http://www.uzhupud.com/espanol.html As a rule hostels, hosterias, and hotels typically don't have such things as a heated swimming pool, tennis courts, volley ball courts, outdoor table tennis, stables, and waiters in white jackets. Uhzupud has it all and their food was delicious. People more or less have to know how to find it however. Your regular tourist passing through Cuenca would never hear about it or find it. You have to be here for a while and then you hear rumors of Shangri La in Paute. Even then you might find a bridge out and have to get creative about how you get there. Then again, Jim Barnes is a creative driver and missing bridges are merely an invitation to another adventure. I'm sorry I didn't get pictures, but use your imagination.
I even got to go for a little ride on one of their mounts. To be honest, any day I'm on a horse is a very good day indeed. Thank you Jim and Angie Barnes for a delightful day together. We will miss you so much and are looking forward to your coming to see us in Cotacachi. I'm pretty sure we'll have plenty of fodder for new adventures when you get there!