We're about to embark on a 16 day trip around Ecuador - with 4 days in Cuenca. Our time is limited so we want to ensure that we do the best bits. Any help would be much appreciated as I'm getting differing opinions on what to do from the guidebooks and the Trip Advisor general rankings. There appears to be quite a bit to do in Cuenca, but apart from the Inca ruins, hat buying and maybe Banos, I've found little that's strongly recommended.
We are also going into the Amazon for 4 days, as well as doing Quito, and Puerto Lopez on the coast.
We are a couple - late 20s from London - very limited Spanish. Interested in culture, good food, wildlife and moderate walking (not serious hiking / camping stuff). We like getting off the beaten track a bit and experiencing the local life - and dislike obvious tacky tourist traps. Budget is fairly solvent at the moment so we can afford to hire a driver if that's the best option for any day.
Our timetable is as follows:
Friday - arrive on plane from Quito, do Cuenca town centre
Saturday - trip to Ingaprica?
Sunday - ?? More Cuenca?
Monday - Banos?
Tuesday - leave early flight
I'm not sure what else we should definitely be doing? And is there a 'better' day to do Banos or Ingaprica? Would each take the whole day? Is there any particularly recommended trekking nearby?
Many thanks for any help :)