In Ecuador, the Frugal Traveler Tries Luxury
I forgot to mention in yesterday’s Chronicle that the New York Times’ frugal traveler, Seth Kugel, came to Ecuador a few weeks ago for his swan-song column, beginning by sleeping in a luxury hotel in old town Quito and ending in the tiny village of Quingeo, sleeping in a bed offered by a local woman. We don’t know Seth, although I’ve read him over the years and like his style of travel-with-unexpected-adventures (close our style of travel), but we do know the photographer the Times sent to cover his route: Tony Cenicola. Three years ago, Tony shot the story of our house, ” Up in the Clouds: A Second Home in the Andes” http://nyti.ms/1KyLtWt and spent several days with us.
We were happy to welcome him back to Cañar, as he followed Kugel’s route with a “shoot list,” and then to accompany him to Cuenca and Quingeo. We stopped for roasted chancho on the road to Azogues at Picanteria La Dolorosa (didn’t make the article)…
…got to be regular tourists in Cuenca,
…and visited this amazing little town we didn’t know existed: Quingeo, out in the middle of nowhere south of Cuenca. Tony roamed around and took photos, Michael sat on the plaza and had – what else? – a beer, and I drew one of the old houses.
For Kugel’s article, Tony’s beautiful photos, and maps, check out today’s NYT travel section (http://nyti.ms/1PIm0u2).