Tuesday, November 17, 2009
A challenge is what Levelers will consider its steep hills and winding streets.
My new favorite place is the way I think of it. My calves and hip disagreed at the time but they've come around.
Tip: Its streets were not made for 21st century transport. Given a choice between bus or car tour, always opt for a car which will get you closer to where you want to be.
Wherever you choose to stay and whatever you choose to see, there will be stairs. And hills. Fortunately cabs are cheap so use them to get up the hills, saving your energy to negotiate the stairs.
Tip: Don't make reservations at a hotel unless it has an elevator or you have a room on ground level ("ground level" is an oxymoron here).
That green triangle is the tops of Indian laurel trees.
Underneath their canopy of shade is stroll and relax central.
Tip: To get a great overview of the city, take the finicular behind the church and theater to the Carretera Panoramica. I highly recommend doing it in late afternoon for the best light although it's pretty spectacular at night, too. You'll have to climb some steps up to the finicular, stand during the ride up and climb more steps up to the overlook but it's worth it.
I'll give you reasons to test your goat muscles in the next post!