As the van ambled down a rocky dirt road, I took out my phone to send a quick text to Kevin that I had nearly arrived to my hostel. I stared at the upper-right corner of my phone’s screen that showed there was no cell service. Brushing my initial panic aside, I reassured myself that there would be service upon arrival.
Riding the Devil’s Nose train in Ecuador is consistently thrown around in conversation as one of the country’s top things to do. Locals and travelers alike have recommended it to us, and for that reason (also because I love trains), I knew we had to do it. Let’s conveniently ignore the logistics of what/how/where (as I did) for now— we’ll get into that later.
I’ve been to hot spring spas before, but none of them compare to Piedra de Agua in Cuenca (high praise, trust me). Where else can you have your own private attendant guide you through 6+ spa experiences including a blue mud pool, red mud pool, underground hot & ice-cold baths, steam boxes, Turkish baths, and many hot spring pools only for $35?