Sigsig

Wikitravel suggests those visiting Cuenca get out and see one of the neighboring towns. Having already experienced Banos, we chose to travel to Sigsig, a small town about an hour-and-a-half outside Cuenca. Round trip bus fare was $3.25.

It’s a scenic bus ride through the Andes made even more interesting during Carnival. People spray water and throw water balloons at the open windows of the passing buses. Yes, I got drenched a couple of times and squirted by a water bazooka gun the moment I set foot in Sigsig.

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But the weirdest water-related thing I saw was on the ride back to Cuenca. We stopped to pick up some passengers in a barrio and I watched this group of young men hold one of their friends in a chair while another held a basket over his head and a third poured a bucket of water in the basket, dousing his head. I supposed it was water boarding Ecuadorian-style.
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The townspeople of Sigsig were enjoying their small-town carnival. Roasted guinea pig seemed to be a favorite. Nope. I couldn’t bring myself to try it having had hamsters and guinea pigs as pets growing up. I did try to take a photo of the roasted critters, but the chef was adamant I not photograph her cooked carcasses. Perhaps she’s the Colonel Sanders of Ecuador and has a secret recipe which she plans to take national with sidewalk stands offering the succulent rodent. It’s finger-licking good.

Speaking of more edible food, we found a great little restaurant for lunch. We figured it had to be good when all the local policemen began filing in to eat. Flat Stanley really enjoyed sharing John’s ample meal.
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This was a particularly colorful float, but the driver had to lean out the side window to see the road.
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The Andes are unusual mountains. Think something the size of the Rockies, but with grass growing on them. People plant corn on every little patch of land possible — even up the slopes.
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Can you imagine what the farmer of this corn patch would do if he ever saw the never-ending cornfields in Nebraska — home of the corn huskers? Probably think he had chewed too many coca leaves.

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